Fire Situation Report – March 29, 2016

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Oklahoma Forestry Services

                                                                                                                                               

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/28/16 thru 03/29/16       

 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 60 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – No Activity

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 132 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:                          No Activity

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Anderson Creek (Woods County and State of Kansas) Les Rogers’ Type II Incident Management Team

is in Unified Command with Freedom Fire Department and Woods County. Crews will continue to patrol control lines reinforcing areas that may be of concern given the fire weather forecast for tomorrow.  At this time, transfer of command back to the local jurisdiction is scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday, March 30, 2016. Updated acreage has been improved by combination of satellite mapping, aerial boundary flight with Collector and ground-truthing.  Area burned 367,620 acres (95% Contained) in Woods County (OK), Comanche County (KS), and Barber County (KS) with updated mapping of the fire expected today and refined containment data as well.  The decrease in acreage is the result of more accurate mapping.

 

  • 1 additional fire burned 2 acres (Pottawatomie County)  

 

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 www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/28/16 thru 03/29/16

  • 1 Fire Burned 20 Acres (w/structure loss) – Weatherford FD Reporting

*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:  A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Cimarron and Texas Counties in the Panhandle today from 1:00 PM through 8:00 PM.  Within the warned area temperatures around 76°, predominantly clear skies and relative humidity values 10-15% will result in very dry, flashy fine fuels that will support rapid rates of fire spread given the strong south winds sustained at 24-26 mph gusting 37-40 mph this afternoon.  Expect any fire that initiates to exhibit quick growth and potential for extreme fire behavior.

 

A dryline will push into the central Panhandle today with critical fire weather on the backside; however moist air is expected over much of the state today.  Despite relative humidity values remaining above critical levels and forecast to be generally above 40%, fire danger will hold in place especially where freeze events have stalled green-up and ample dormant fuels are in place.  Across much of northern and western Oklahoma expect temperatures to range from 57° in the southwest to 73° in the north-central counties.  South winds 15-20 mph accompanied by some gusts this afternoon around 25 mph will support erratic fire behavior and rates of spread that may prove problematic.

 

A Fire Weather Watch has been issued for tomorrow, Thursday, March 30 across a large section of western Oklahoma including the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Alfalfa, Major, Dewey, Custer, Washita, Kiowa, Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Roger Mills, Beckham, Harmon and Greer.  Critical fire weather is expected from approximately 1:00 PM through 9:00 PM with temperatures around 80°, relative humidity 10-20% and southwest winds 20-30 mph potentially gusting to 45 mph.  Expect any fire to exhibit extreme fire behavior within the watch area and prepare for an upgrade to Red Flag Warning.  The fire danger tomorrow will be complicated by a dryline that will penetrate the state from west to east with potential for strong storms to also develop.  A cold front is expected late Wednesday with drier air on the backside and potential for a dry cold front Thursday night.

 

Resources:

  • OFS will have Task Force Resources available from the Anderson Creek Fire and from the Protection Area today with prepositioned resources tomorrow.

  • Fixed-Wing Tanker, Air-Attack, Lead Planeand National Guard Rotor-Wing aircraft available.

  • County Wildland Task Force resources.

     

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

     

    Special Note to Firefigthters:  County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mobilization – keeping in mind that there is a potential for severe weather in eastern Oklahoma.

     

    Harper, Cimarron and Texas Counties have issued a county burn ban.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information

 



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