Fire Situation Report – April 19, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/18/18 thru 0800 04/19/18  

NE Area – 4 fires burned 53 acres (Causes: 4-Incendiary)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 40 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 3 fires burned 95acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1- Esc. Prescribed Burn) 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity – 815 Acres, Haskell County 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • 34 Complex (Woodward County) – 67,778 Acres (Est), 45% Contained
  • Rhea Fire (Dewey County) – 283,095 Acres, 15% Contained
  • Laverne Fire (Beaver/Harper County) – 100 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Hooker Fire (Texas County) – 179 Acres, 100% Contained

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/18/18 thru 04/19/18 

  • No new information entered for yesterday’s reporting period 

Statewide Discussion: 

Initial attack on new starts remained at a steady pace yesterday. Fire weather conditions allowed for rapid control on new wildfires and allowed increased containment percentages on the on-going large fires in western Oklahoma.

 
Oklahoma Forestry Services has assigned two Incident Management Teams to the largest fires in western Oklahoma.  The Southern Region Gold Team (Type 2 IMT) has been assigned to the 34 Complex.  The Florida Forest Service Red Team (Type 1 IMT) is managing the Rhea Fire.  These Teams are working under the authority of Oklahoma Forestry Services and are in unified command with the local fire departments affected by these incidents.
 
Fire Danger will remain high to very high across a large portion of Oklahoma today, with the most significant fire danger in the far western portion of the Oklahoma Panhandle.  Relative humidity today will range from the low teens in Panhandle to less than 25% near the I-35 corridor.  Winds between I-35 and the Panhandle are forecast to be generally light from south-southwest at 5-10 mph.  In the Panhandle, winds are forecast from the south-southwest at 15-25 mph with gusts from 25-40 mph.  Temperatures are forecast to range from the upper-60s to low-70s.
 
Wildland fuels across western Oklahoma remain critically dry.  Any new wildfire starting today has the potential to burn with rapid rates of spread and be resistant to control.  Fire behavior today in the main body of Oklahoma will be primarily terrain-driven, but the highest rates of spread will be where terrain and winds align.  In the Oklahoma Panhandle, any fire that starts will be wind-driven, with highest spread rates in Cimarron County.  
 
SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS – Today’s fire danger should allow for the opportunity to repair fire suppression equipment.  If your department has been involved with some of the large fires from the past week take the time to conduct an After Action Review to discuss the mobilization and learn from the experience.
 
SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC – While the promise of rainfall remains in the forecast, do not let your guard down in regards to the potential for wildfires.  Take the time to assess your property’s vulnerability to an approaching wildfire by visiting www.firewiseusa.org  This site offers practical tips for things that you can do to increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfires.  PLEASE NOTE:  A Governor’s Burn Ban exists in a large portion of Oklahoma (see map below).  
 

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

5 – OFS Task Forces 1 - OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform 3 – CL-415 Super Scoopers

5 – Air Attack Platforms 2 - Type 1 Helicopters 2 – National Guard Helicopters

4 – SEATs 3 – Type 1 Airtankers ** County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for mobilization** 

 

Burn Ban Status:

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