Fire Situation Report – May 7, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/06/14 thru 05/07/14

NE Area – 1 fire burned 0.5 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 3 fires burned 1.2 acres (Cause: 3-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 05/06/14 thru 05/07/14

1 fires burned 1 acres (Cause: Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Headrick 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 again 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. One civilian fatality attributed to this fire and an estimated 46 structures have been lost. The fire has been turned back to local command with all containment lines holding through yesterday’s weather conditions. Oklahoma Forestry Services will have a Task Force with 3 Dozers and 3 Engines assisting with patrol and mop up today. The OFS Task Force, a Task Force Leader and an Incident Commander Type 3 will be available for initial attack from the Guthrie Fire today.

Quinlan (Woodward County) – 14,100 acres has burned near the Quinlan Community in Woodward County. No structures have been reported lost to this incident.

Woodward (Woodward County) – 13,711 acres. OFS resources assigned include two task forces with a total of 6 dozers, 6 engines and 2 Task Force Leaders, 1 Operations Specialist, 1 Air Attack Platform, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers, and 1 CL-415 water-scooping air tanker. National Guard has been effectively utilized and assisting with UH-60 helicopters equipped with Bambi Buckets and a Lakota reconnaissance helicopter.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for today from 10 a.m. to 19 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 and Tillman Counties.

Fire danger will be very high to extreme today across western Oklahoma. In the Red Flag Warning area temperatures will range from 89 - 90°, winds will be Southerly 23-30 mph gusting to around 35 mph and relative humidity will fall to single digits again in the Panhandle and settle below 20% in Western Oklahoma. Today’s weather, ongoing drought conditions, persistent drying of fuels and critically low fuel moistures will promote extreme fire behavior, very rapid rates of spread and resistance to suppression efforts.

Chances of precipitation begin to move in to Southwest Oklahoma later today with the system moving from west to east across the state tonight through Thursday afternoon. Fire personnel should monitor weather conditions as approaching storms and associated erratic winds may result in gusty, spread direction changing and very dangerous fire behavior.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Establish escape routes and safety zones for all operational personnel and equipment based on fire behavior with special attention to the rapid rates of spread that are possible. Employ a Lookout to monitor changes in fire behavior and report hazards to personnel engaged in fire suppression.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: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services