Wildland fire resources coordinated by Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, began to gain the upper hand on the current large fires burning in central and western Oklahoma yesterday.
Since Sunday, fires have burned over 30,000 acres in Oklahoma. As complexity of these fires increased, an Aerial Operations Branch Director was ordered. While coordinating with Oklahoma Forestry Services’ operational resources, the Director manages the air space and how aerial resources are utilized to assist the Task Forces on the ground effectively.
Aerial Resources initiated by OFS include: an Aerial Operations Branch Director, 2 Air Attack Platforms, 2 Single Engine Air Tankers and a CL-415 water-scooping air tanker. The National Guard has been operating and assisted with UH-60 helicopters equipped with Bambi Buckets and a Lakota reconnaissance helicopter.
Incidents where information is available are as follows:
The Woodward Wildfire in Woodward County started Tuesday, May 6th and has burned approximately 13,072 acres and is 85% contained. OFS resources assigned include a 2 Task Forces totaling 6 dozers, 6 engines and 2 Task Force Leaders and an 1 Operations Specialist.
The Guthrie Wildfire in Logan County that started Sunday, May 4th has burned approximately 3,250 acres and is 85% contained. Oklahoma Forestry Services will re-evaluate the interior perimeter of the fire and the Task Force assigned.
The Quinlan Wildfire in Woodward County has burned 14,100 acres near the Quinlan Community started on Sunday, May 4th and is 90% contained.
The Seiling Fire located in Dewey County started on Sunday, May 4th. It has burned 3,052 acres and is currently 95% contained. No structures have been reported lost to this incident.
Fire danger has been moderately alleviated in parts of Oklahoma by the precipitation that moved in this morning. Areas of Oklahoma where the greatest risk of wildfire will exist are in northwest Oklahoma and in the Panhandle where only minimal rainfall was received.
With the morning precipitation, Oklahoma Forestry Service will begin demobilizing task Forces to their home units. A Task Force that includes 3 Dozers, 3 Engines, a Task Force Leader and an Incident Commander Type 3 will remain in western Oklahoma for initial attack
A Governor’s burn ban remains in effect for a large part of Oklahoma. Visit OFS website www.forestry.ok.gov for a complete list of burn bans and compliance guidelines.
Note to Media: For the latest Oklahoma “Daily Wildfire Situation Report” visit www.forestry.ok.gov and click the link on the homepage (green box on right hand side.)
Posted on Thu, May 8, 2014
by Communications filed under