Fire Situation Report – March 19, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/18/18 thru 0800 03/19/18  

NE Area – 3 Fires Burned 18 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Prescribed Burn, 1-Debris)

EC Area – 9 Fires Burned 356.1 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1 Slop-Over, 2-Esc. Control Burn)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 85 Acres 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Ghost (Pittsburg County) – 175 Acres / 50% Contained
  • Doe Run (Pittsburg County) – 250 Acres / 40% Contained
  • Rocky Ridge (Latimer County) – 300 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Red Pasture (Latimer County) – 566 Acres / 50% Contained
  • Al Petty Complex (Delaware County) – 280 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Joint Fire (Cherokee County) – 210 Acres / 65% Contained
  • Pipeline Road Fire (Pushmataha County) – 900 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Burris Valley Fire (Atoka County) – 1125 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Sandyland Fire (Pushmataha County) 175 Acres / 60% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Texaco Road (Stephens County) 758.7 Acres / 80% Contained
  • Sumac (Pottawatomie County) 47.2 Acres / 59% Contained
  • Rocky Hill Road (Carter County) 180 Acres / 89% Contained
  • Merritt (Beckham County) 1,466.2 Acres 100% Contained
  • Beggs (Okmulgee County) – 200 Acres / 99% Contained 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/15/18 thru 03/16/18 

No New Fire Activity Reported

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Sunday’s weather pattern did provide limited moisture across the state. This moisture varied from a trace to nearly 1-inch in isolated areas. While this rain was a welcome relief, it did little to alleviate the extremely dry fuel conditions that are prevalent across the state in the heavier fuels. A weak cold front will continue to pass through the northeastern portion of the state bringing with it some additional moisture. Winds behind the front will be gusty from the northwest. A wedge of dry air was ushered in behind the front extending from southwest to northeast Oklahoma along the I-44 corridor. The front also brought much cooler temperatures across the state. Winds should start to diminish as the day progresses and humidity recovery is predicted to be good through the nighttime hours over most of the state. Any fire that gets established in heavy fuels will still cause control problems. Fire in fine fuels will be wind driven but should not pose containment issues.

Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: Elevated fire weather conditions are possible across the western Oklahoma Panhandle. Winds will remain strong (20-30 mph) and gusty (35-45 mph) out of the north/northwest and will slowly decrease during the afternoon. Temperatures will only reach the mid-50° mark, but relative humidity will drop to between 25-30%. Expect fire in grass fuels to be wind driven and fast moving. Fires that get established in pockets of heavy fuels will still burn actively and be difficult to control.

Northern / Western Oklahoma: Expect mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-40° range and relative humidity values between 45-50%. Winds will be from the north/northwest 20-25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. As moisture starts to work its way southward expect relative humidity value to recover to around 80-90% during the nighttime hours. The wedge of dry air may persist through the morning hours. Fires that get started could prove difficult to control due to the winds.

Central / Eastern Oklahoma: Showers and thunderstorms will continue across eastern Oklahoma this morning ahead of a cold-front. Winds will start the day from the southwest, then turn westerly and more northwesterly later in the afternoon 10-15 mph. Temperatures will be 70-75° and relative humidity will be 30-35% but should recover nicely during the nighttime hours. Fire conditions should be moderated for most of the forecast area except for extreme southeast Oklahoma.

Special Note to Firefighters: Oklahoma Forestry Services will be increasing its operational capacity prepositioning multiple task forces in the coming days with locations determined by the highest fire danger. County wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for mobilization.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

1– OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 – OFS Suppression Groups

2 – Air Attack Platform 2 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Aerial Supervision Module

4 - Single Engine Air Tankers 2 - Type 1 Helicopter

Burn Ban Status:

 For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info