Fire Situation Report – March 7, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services



PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/05/16 thru 03/07/16       


NE Area – 25 Fires Burned 2,171.2 Acres (Cause: 13-Incendiary, 7-Debris, 5-Escaped Controlled Burns)

EC Area – 13 Fires Burned 2,154.5 Acres (Cause: 10-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 2-Escaped Control Burns)

SE Area – 23 Fires Burned 174.2 Acres (Cause: 22-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)


Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area           

  • Blue Duck Fire (Latimer County) – 1,850 Acres, 75% Contained

  • Mule Camp Fire (Latimer County) – 128 Acres, 100% Contained


  • Lane School Fire (Cherokee County) – 151 Acres, 50% Contained

  • Lost City Fire (Cherokee County) – 240 Acres, 75% Contained

  • Pigeon Bed Fire (Adair County) – 285 Acres, 75% Contained

  • Whispering Pines Fire (Deleware County) – 160 Acres, 50%

  • Caney Creek Fire (Cherokee County) – 400 Acres, 50% Contained

  • Tounsend Fire (Cherokee County) – 600 Acres, 75% Contained

  • Los Prados (Cherokee County) – 240 Acres, 100% Contained                                                            


    Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area:            

  • Double Header Fire (Okfuskee County) – 1,200 Acres, 10% Contained

  • Alabaster Fire (Woodward County) – 113 Acres, 75% Contained

  • Hill Fire (Creek County) – 890 Acres, 60% Contained

  • Edge Rock Fire (Murray County) – 347 Acres, 90% Contained

  • Lenora Fire (Dewey County) – 587 Acres , 95% Contained


    OFS Dispatched Aviation Assets including Oklahoma National Guard to multiple incidents yesterday including:

  • England Fire (Payne County) – CL-415 and Air Attack

  • Lost City Fire (Cherokee County) – Lead Plane and P2V

  • Hill Fire (Creek County) – OKANG UH-60 and CH-47

  • Foyil (Rogers County) – OKANG UH-60

  • 390 Fire (Rogers County) – OKANG CH-47

  • Double Header Fire – OKANG CH-47


    OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:                                                                         No Activity                                                           


    * Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information.  Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.


    FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from recorded on 03/05/16 thru 03/06/16

    • 2 Fires Burned 204.5 Acres (Cleveland FD Reporting)– Numerous additional fires noted in media

** - These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System.  Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma. 

Statewide Discussion:  Significant fire activity over the weekend and continuing into today with high winds already has several agencies and departments on the fireground this morning.  


A Red Flag Warning has been issued for this afternoon and evening for counties in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma including: Cimarron, Texas, Beaver, Harper, Ellis and Roger Mills.  Across the Panhandle, relative humidity from 9-15% coupled with southwest winds 20-30 mph gusting to 45 mph will promote potential for extreme rates of fire spread.  In northwest Oklahoma, conditions will also favor erratic fire behavior and rapid rates of fire spread with relative humidity values 15-20% and south winds 20-25 mph gusts to 45 mph.  Outdoor burning in this area is strongly discouraged.


Fire behavior this morning is already proving problematic in some areas as a result of both weekend activity and new fire starts.  Despite reasonable overnight moisture recovery, sustained winds overnight and into the morning continue to promote active burning conditions and fire spread in fine fuels.  A dryline today will set up critical fire weather conditions west; however relative humidity values east of the dryline are expected to be above 30% and coupled with ample sky cover.  New fires today should offer opportunity for successful initial attack; however if they become established wind driven fire runs should be anticipated. 


Outside of the warned area, high temperatures this afternoon will range from 71°-77°with ample skycover.  Relative humidity is expected to remain above 30%.  The winds, though, will continue to persist out of the south 18-26 mph gusting in excess of 30 mph.  Expect new fire that becomes established to exhibit rapid rates of fire spread, and fires that initiated over the weekend to require extensive control line improvement, monitoring and patrol.



  • OFS will have Task Force and Overhead Personnel Resources prepositioned for response.
  • OFS will have fixed wing air-attack and tanker resources available.
  • OHP and OFS personnel will have aerial recon resources available.
  • National Guard rotor-wing aircraft will be available.


Contact the Incident Resource Hotline at (800) 800-2481 to request resources.


Harper County has issued a county burn ban.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

**NOTE:  Some municipalities have enacted local outdoor burning bans.  Check with your local authorities prior to conducting outdoor burning activities.




Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line:  1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by:  Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF