Fire Situation Report – May 21, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/20/14 thru 05/21/14

NE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acre (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 1 fire burned 1 acre (Cause: 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 recorded on 05/20/14 thru 05/21/14

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 continued yesterday throughout much of western Oklahoma. A Red Flag Warning was in effect until 10 p.m. for numerous counties. Fortunately no unusual fire activity occurred and no requests for State assistance were received.
The highest fire danger today will exist in an area generally west of Interstate 35 and south of Interstate 40. South-southwest winds are forecast to be sustained from 15-20 mph with gusts near and above 25 mph. The relative humidity is expected to drop into the mid-20% to low 30% range with temperatures reaching the mid-90 degree range. 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: The on-going drought across the majority of Oklahoma coupled with the hot, dry weather has created abnormal fuel conditions for the month of May. Fire behavior on fires since the beginning of the month has been extreme in many cases. Live, green fuels are sustaining combustion and cannot be relied on as a barrier to fire spread. Spotting distances up to 1/4-mile have been common. Until substantial rainfall occurs, any fire that occurs in western Oklahoma has the potential to burn very erratically with rapid rates of spread. 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