Fire Situation Report – May 20, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/19/14 thru 05/20/14

NE Area – 0 fires

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 fires

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 05/19/14 thru 05/20/14

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: Hot, dry and windy conditions yesterday in western Oklahoma prompted the issuance of a Red Flag Warning for a number of counties. However, no reports of unusual fire activity or requests for State assistance were received.
Fire danger today will be very high to extreme west of a line from Grant County to Tillman County. A Red Flag Warning has been issued from Noon to 10 p.m. for the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper Woods, Alfalfa, Grant, Major, Woodward, Ellis, Roger Mills, Beckham, Dewey, Custer, Washita, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, and Jackson. In and near this area, relative humidity is expected to range from the low single digits to upper teens with winds from the south-southwest at 20-25 mph with gusts near and above 35 mph. Wildland fuels in this area are extremely dry. Any fire starting in cured or drought-stressed live fuels has the potential to burn very intensely with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior. SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Today’s expected fire weather conditions coupled with extremely dry fuels will combine today to produce an explosive fire environment. Any fire starting will be very resistant to control. The highest probability for success will be a combination of direct and indirect tactics. Establish a strong anchor point when beginning suppression combined with a favorable change in fuels and terrain when choosing locations for attack. County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization today. Task Force Leaders: if possible take time to notify the Incident Resource Hotline Duty Officer of your Task Force’s availability.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:
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