Fire Situation Report – May 6, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/05/14 thru 05/06/14

NE Area – 5 fires burned 80 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Debris Burn; 1-Other)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 2 fires burned 1.1 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 recorded on 05/05/14 thru 05/06/14

1 fires burned 2 acres (Cause: Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Roosevelt 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: Extended attack fires were on-going yesterday in several counties across Oklahoma. Some of the incidents where information is available are as follows:

Guthrie (Logan County) – This wildfire started Sunday, May 4th and has burned approximately 3,250 acres. Numerous homes have been destroyed since the fire started. Extreme fire weather conditions allowed for unprecedented fire behavior for this time of year. Numerous fire resources are engaged on the incident. Unified Command is in place.

Quinlan (Woodward County) – An estimated 5,000 acres has burned near the Quinlan Community in Woodward County. No structures have been reported lost to this incident.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Woods, Alfalfa, Major, Woodward, Ellis, Roger Mills, Dewey, Washita, Custer, Beckham, Kiowa, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Tillman, Grant, Kay, Garfield, Noble, Blaine, Kingfisher, Logan, Payne, Caddo, Canadian, Oklahoma, Lincoln, Grady, McClain, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Jefferson, and Stephens.

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 20-35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. 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. In the past few days, even live green fuels are supporting combustion. If a wildfire starts, expect very intense burning with rapid rates of spread and erratic fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Unprecedented fire behavior for this time of year is occurring in western Oklahoma. Use extreme caution and maintain a high level of situational awareness when engaging on any wildfire today. Today’s strong, gusty winds may preclude the use of aircraft for suppression today. Also, County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for possible mobilization today.

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