Fire Situation Report – May 4, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/02/14 thru 05/04/14

Statistics not available at the time of this report

* 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 05/02/14 thru 05/04/14

2 fires burned 1.75 acres (Causes: 2-Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Cordell FD and Willow FD

** - 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.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the following counties: Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Woodward, Ellis, Roger Mills, Dewey, Washita, Custer, Beckham, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, and Tillman.

Fire danger will be very high to extreme today across western Oklahoma. Today’s relative humidity is expected to drop into the single digits to upper teens in the area affected by the Red Flag Warning. South-southwest winds will be very strong and gusty at 20-30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. The strongest winds today will be experienced in northern Oklahoma. Temperatures are forecast to climb into the upper 90s to low 100s.

Under today’s expected fire weather conditions, the critically dry cured wildland fuels in western Oklahoma will react explosively to any ignition source. If a wildfire starts, expect very intense burning with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: In western Oklahoma, today’s fire weather conditions will allow drought stressed green fuels to support combustion. Since today’s fire weather is unusual, don’t expect the normal fire behavior seen at this time of year.

The highest probability of success if engaged on a wildfire today will be to use direct attack on the rear and flanks with indirect attack at the head of a fire. Begin fire suppression from a strong anchor point and be sure that any fire suppressed is completely out before moving ahead. At the head of the fire, utilize a favorable change in fuels or topography as the location to stop the head of the fire. Have contingency plans in place if the selected tactics are ineffective.

Today’s strong, gusty winds may preclude the use of aircraft for suppression today. Also, County Wildland Task Forces west of Interstate 35 should be prepared for possible mobilization today.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Outdoor burning today thru Monday in western Oklahoma 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