Fire Situation Report – May 8, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/07/14 thru 05/08/14

NE Area – 1 fire burned 0.1 acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 0 fires

SE Area – 0 Fires

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 05/07/14 thru 05/08/14

1 fires burned 1 acres (Cause: Debris Burning) Reporting Department(s): Newcastle 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: Firefighting resources began to gain the upper hand on the current large fires burning in central and western Oklahoma. Some of the incidents where information is available are as follows:

Guthrie (Logan County) – Started May 4th. 3,250 acres – 85% contained. One civilian fatality attributed to this fire and 46 structures have been lost. Local resources and an OFS task force are patrolling this fire for continued hotspots. 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.

Woodward (Woodward County) – Started May 6th. 13,072 acres – 85% contained (reduction in acreage due to more accurate mapping). 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.

Quinlan (Woodward County) – Started May 4th. 14,100 acres 90% contained. Fire is in patrol status.

Seiling Fire (Dewey County) – Started May 4th. 3,052 acres – 95% contained. Fire is in patrol status.

Precipitation through this morning that has moved from southwest to northeast through the state did bring some severe weather, but also will also moderate fire danger today in parts of Oklahoma. The areas of Oklahoma where the greatest risk of wildfire has existed over the past several days received only minimal rainfall if any providing little or no relief.

The highest fire danger today will exist in northwest Oklahoma and in the Panhandle where temperatures will move into the mid-70’s and lower 80’s, relative humidity will drop below 20% and winds will shift from the northwest to the southwest around 11-16 mph gusting to 20+ mph.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Many County Wildland Task Force resources were mobilized in the past several days. Take time to complete an After Action Review to determine efficient and effective performance and to identify areas where refinement may lend to increasing safety, effectiveness and efficiency.

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