Oklahoma Forestry Services gives wildfire update
Oklahoma Forestry Services, a division of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry, have task forces responding to a number of fires that were ongoing May 6 in several counties across Oklahoma.
The Guthrie Wildfire in Logan County started May 4 and has burned approximately 3,250 acres as of May 7. One civilian fatality attributed to this fire and an estimated 46 structures have been lost. With all containment lines holding through weather conditions, the fire has been turned back to local fire departments with support of agency resources. Oklahoma Forestry Services had a task force with three dozers and three engines assisting with patrol and mop-up. The OFS Task Force, a task force leader and an incident commander were available for initial attack from the Guthrie Fire.
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 six dozers, six engines and two task force leaders, one operations specialist, one air attack platform, two single-engine air tankers, and one 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 was in effect for May 7 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.
The 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 www.forestry.ok.gov for a complete list of burn bans and compliance guidelines.