Fire Situation Report – February 28, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 02/27/17 thru 02/28/17 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 21 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 8 Fires Burned 745.5 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 11 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Spangler Ridge 1 Fire (Latimer County) – 300 Acres (est.), 25% Contained
  • Spangler Ridge 2 Fire (Latimer County) – 225 Acres, 25% Contained
  • Hoyt Mountain Fire (Latimer County) – 527 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Round Prairie West Fire (Latimer County) – 270 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Pig Hill Fire (Latimer County) – 500 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Lemon Fire (Haskell County) – 201 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Quinton Dump Fire (Pittsburg County) – 175 Acres, 50% Contained  

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: No New Activity

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New 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 02/27/17 thru 02/28/17

  • 2 Fires Burned 726 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 1-Powerlines) Guymon FD Reporting

    Statewide Discussion:  Red Flag Warning in effect today for Panhandle and western Oklahoma. Critical to extreme fire weather will occur today including southwest winds sustained 30-45 mph gusting up to 55 mph (60 mph in areas of the Panhandle). A cold front is expected to impact the Northern tier of counties in the Warned area between 4:00 to 6:00 PM. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect today that extends from Washington County to Jefferson County covering all points west.

    In the warned area, dry air will push eastward with relative humidity values 10-20% capitalizing on poor moisture recovery overnight along with temperatures in the mid-60°’s to 80°. Fine-dead fuel moisture will be 5-6% with some sky cover in place; however it should be noted that if sky cover disintegrates fine-dead fuel moisture could fall as low as 3% with Probability of Ignition 80%. Substantial wind speeds will develop mid-morning and sustain through the day. Southwest winds sustained 30-45 mph with gusts as high as 60 mph in isolated locations will promote extreme rates of fire spread. Typical native grasses and brush fuels in the area will likely exhibit rate of fire spread in excess of 350 ft./min. and head fire flamelength of 20-25 ft. on average. Any fire occurring in a location where uniform fuels, topography and winds are aligned will likely exhibit extreme fire behavior. Spotting of up to ½ mile should be anticipated.

    A cold front will impact the northern tier of counties between 4:00 – 6:00 PM. Winds, initially sustaining intensity, will shift from southwest to west and then northwest by approximately 8:00 PM. Any ongoing fire at the time of the cold front impacting the area will see a pronounced push on the east flank. Winds will subside somewhat after sunset; however northwest winds sustained 15-20 gusting to 25 mph will be present.

    Areas west of a line from Washington to Jefferson Counties are under a Fire Weather Watch. It is expected that some of the counties will likely hit Red Flag Warning criteria this afternoon – especially if dry air moves further east. Nonetheless, near-critical to critical fire weather is likely today. Temperatures this afternoon near 80° and relative humidity values 20-30% will promote very receptive fuels this afternoon. Respectable overnight recovery will stall concerning fire danger indices from developing until early afternoon; however sustained southwest winds around 20 mph gusting near 30 mph will prompt rapid rates of fire spread. Cold front passage is expected to have the most significant impact in this area between 9:00 PM – 11:00 PM. Moisture recovery should also occur with the cold front passage improving fuel moisture overnight.

    Outside of the Watch/Warning area, relative humidity values are expected to stay well above 30%, and no significant fire threat is expected. Precipitation chances will develop into the afternoon with a marginal threat of severe weather.

    Resources: To request assistance, call the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

  • OFS Engine/Dozer Task Forces prepositioned in NW and W Oklahoma.

  • National Guard Helicopters available.

  • County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for mobilization.

    County Burn Bans are Active: For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: 

    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