Fire Situation Report – May 19, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/16/14 thru 05/19/14

NE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

EC Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

SE Area – 0 Fires Burned 0 Acres

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No activity

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 05/16/14 thru 05/19/14

No Activity Reported

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: A Red Flag Warning has been issued today for the Oklahoma Panhandle from 10:00 AM through 10:00 PM and for Harper, Woods, Ellis and Woodward Counties from Noon today through 8:00 PM. Very dry and warm air combined with gusty winds will result in critically low fuel moistures and extreme fire behavior indices in this area. Relative humidity below 20% (3-5%) in the Panhandle, southwest winds around 24 mph gusting to near 35 mph and temperatures approaching 100° will create fire environment conditions supportive of extreme fire behavior including very rapid rates of spread and resistance to fire suppression efforts.

Areas along and west of the I-35 corridor not in the warning area will experience elevated fire danger today, especially west of Highway 81. Temperature in the mid-90’s, south wind at 23 mph gusting to 30 mph and relative humidity in the mid to low 20% range will prevail. Increasingly supportive fire weather will edge eastward on Tuesday toward Central Oklahoma.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: The weather conditions that will be present today and tomorrow in Western Oklahoma will present very rapid rates of spread and extreme fire behavior should an ignition occur. Prepare yourselves and personnel working with you for potential threats on the fireground. Insure that escape routes and safety zones are identified and make them known. Anchor your suppression effort near the heel of the fire and attack the flanks progressively moving toward the head of the fire.SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: A Governor’s Burn Ban is in effect for a large part of Oklahoma. For more Information click on the following link: be mindful of the fire danger that is present. Avoid any activity that may spark a wildfire placing residents and firefighting personnel in harms way.
Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services