Fire Situation Report – May 2, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/01/14 thru 05/02/14

NE Area – 2 fires burned 3.1 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 20 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 05/01/14 thru 05/02/14

No wildfires recorded during the reporting period.

** - 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: No reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received from outside of the Protection Area during the reporting period.

Fire danger will be high to very high today across Oklahoma. Today’s relative humidity is expected to drop into the low to mid-teens across the state. Winds are forecast to be light at 5-10 mph with gusts in some location reaching 20 mph. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 70s. Where Spring green-up has not occurred or where expanses of unsheltered continuous cured fine fuels exist expect any fire that starts to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread. The highest spread rates will be seen where terrain and winds align.

The Sunday/Monday time frame is shaping up to have critical fire weather. Currently the National Weather Service is calling for temperatures to range from the upper 80s to low 100s across the northwest 2/3rds of Oklahoma. South/southwest winds will be gusty from 15-25 mph with higher gusts. Very dry air will be in place, with relative humidity readings from the low single digits to low 20% range. The area west of a line from Ottawa County to Love County will be the most affected by these conditions. Red Flag Warnings are likely for the Panhandle and parts of western Oklahoma.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Hot temperatures are expected this weekend across the majority of the state. Be especially mindful of the signs and symptoms of heat stress if engaged in fire suppression operations this weekend. Take time to read the article on page 2 of this report that addresses firefighter hydration to minimize the potential of being affected by heat-related injuries.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning on Saturday thru Monday in the area described above is strongly discouraged. Strong, gusty winds combined with dry wildland fuels may allow any fire started in or near cured vegetation to quickly spread and easily escape control.

Four counties remain under a County Burn Ban: Alfalfa, Custer, Roger Mills and Cimarron. For more Information click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Mark Goeller, Assistant Director, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services