OFS Wildfire Activity Update

 


Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, have Task Forces responding to a number of fires that were on-going yesterday in several counties across Oklahoma.

The Guthrie Wildfire in Logan County 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. With all containment lines holding through yesterday’s weather conditions, the fire has been turned back to local fire departments with support of agency resources. 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.

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

The Woodward Wildfire in Woodward County has burned 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 7 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.

Today’s weather, ongoing drought conditions, persistent drying fuels and critically low fuel moistures in the area of the Red Flag Warning will promote extreme fire behavior with very rapid rates of spread of any fire started and resistance to suppression efforts.

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.