Fire Situation Report – May 5, 2014


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/03/14 thru 05/05/14

NE Area – Information Not Available At Time of Report

EC Area – 3 fires burned 39 acres (Cause: 2-Debris Burning, 1-Structure)

SE Area – Information Not Available At Time of Report

OFS Prescribed Fire – 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 05/04/14 thru 05/05/14

No Reported Activity

** - 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:

Significant fire activity occurred in Oklahoma yesterday with record temperatures, very low relative humidity and strong gusty winds. Fires near Keystone, Guthrie and in Dewey County were resistant to fire suppression during initial attack. The fire near Guthrie reportedly burned multiple homes and improvements. Oklahoma Forestry Services will be sending multiple resources to Guthrie in Logan County to assist with fire suppression today including tactical specialists, wildland engines and dozers.

Critical fire weather conditions will remain in place for the next couple of days. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for the Oklahoma Panhandle and parts of western and central Oklahoma today through Tuesday evening. Record heat with temperatures ranging from 92 - 103° and relative humidity values in single digits to lower teens will create critically low fuel moistures supporting rapid combustion. WSW winds this afternoon will be lighter than yesterday; however they will still support very rapid rates of spread. Any fire occurring today or tomorrow will have potential to grow quickly, exhibit problematic fire behavior and in some cases be difficult to suppress. Winds are forecast to be stronger on Tuesday.

Special Note to Firefighters:
Utilize sound suppression tactics when engaging wildland fire. Utilize an advantageous anchor point and flank the fire progressing as you suppress the fire edge and secure the control line. Utilize favorable green fuels and natural firebreaks whenever possible.

When arriving on scene look for staging areas, water sources, evacuation needs and other incident preparedness needs. Proper planning early on in the incident will increase fire suppression success.

Special Note to the Public:
Outdoor burning in Central and Western Oklahoma is strongly discouraged and irresponsible today and tomorrow. Report fires immediately to your local fire department or emergency dispatch center.

County Burn Ban Information can be accessed at: 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: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services