Fire Situation Report – May 9, 2014

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 05/08/14 thru 05/09/14

NE Area – 0 Fires

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 05/08/14 thru 05/09/14

No Activity Reported

** - 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 new large fire activity has been reported and initial attack was limited yesterday with precipitation occurring in parts of southwest over into central Oklahoma. It appears a rapid drying trend will resume for the weekend and initial attack is expected to increase with the presence of near critical fire behavior indices.

Guthrie (Logan County) – Started May 4th. 3,250 acres – 90% contained. Fire is being actively patrolled for hotspots and occasional flare-ups.

Woodward (Woodward County) – Started May 6th. 13,072 acres – 90% contained. Fire is in patrol status.

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 – 100% contained.

Elevated fire danger will be present in northwestern Oklahoma and in the Oklahoma Panhandle today. Southwest winds 15 to 20 mph gusting higher, temperatures in the upper 70’s to mid-80’s and relative humidity values ranging from 9-20% will promote active fire behavior including rapid rates of spread exacerbated by very low fuel moistures.

Drying conditions today in southwest and central Oklahoma combined with the development of a dryline on Saturday will return elevated and potentially critical fire danger indices to areas along and west of the I-35 corridor. Red Flag Warning criteria may be met in the afternoon and evening hours Saturday for areas in western Oklahoma on Saturday.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Drying conditions will move parts of western Oklahoma back into critical fire danger over the weekend ahead of a series of weather fronts. County Wildland Fire Task Force resources should be prepared for mobilization potential.

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