Fire Situation Report – April 11, 2019

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for Reporting Period 04/09/2019 thru 04/10/2019 

NE Area – 14 Fires Burned 484.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Control Burn, 9-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 2-Misc.)

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 354 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 8 Fires Burned 241 Acres (Cause: 6-Incendiary, 2-Equipment)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Timber Valley Fire (Pushmataha County) – 140 Acres, 75% Contained)
  • Turkey Fire (Pittsburg County) – 270 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Crow Hollow Fire (Adair County) – 130 Acres, 90% Contained
  • King Hollow Fire Delaware County) – 329 Acres, 90% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • Radar Fire (Osage County) – 506 Acres, 80% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/09/2019 thru 04/10/2019 

  • 1 Fire Burned 50 Acres (Cause:1-Electrical) Woodward FD Reporting
  • Wildfire Activity Noted through Media Outlets

Statewide Discussion: 

Blowing dust and a boost in sky cover capped off the significant fire potential in northwest and western Oklahoma yesterday although activity along the northern tier and eastern counties lived up to the expectation of increased initial attack activity with some large fire occurrence. Cooler temperatures will be present today; however stiff winds, dry atmospheric conditions and drying of fuels in previous days will hold elevated fire danger indices in place across much of Oklahoma today. Fire danger is expected to taper off through Friday, and wetting precipitation on Saturday is likely.

Fine-dead fuels will again be readily receptive today especially in those areas where green-up progression is lagging. Potential rates of fire spread and spotting potential will be reduced from yesterday’s expectations but will pose some challenges. The highest fire danger indices today will exist in an arc from southwest Oklahoma through northwest counties and across the northern tier into the Flint Hills. In this arc, temperature will top out in the 50°-60° range combined with relative humidity values 20-28% yielding fine-dead fuel moisture values 5-6%. West to northwest winds 15-30 mph with gusts strongest in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern counties. Tall grass dominated fuels will exhibit rates of spread nearing 300 ft./min. where unsheltered fuels are in alignment with topography.

Given the strength of drying in days previous, expect initial attack activity to continue today. While some large fire activity may develop, the threat of significant fire occurrence is diminished. Again, precipitation chances into Saturday do hold promise of lessening the threat overall.

Resource Availability: Request resources through the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

  • OFS Resources
  • OFS Task Force – Guymon
  • OFS Task Force – Weatherford
  • OFS Suppression Group – Woodward
  • OFS Type 3 Organization – Woodward
  • 2 – National Guard Helicopters
  • Large Air Tankers Available (w/ 1.5 – 2 hr. flight time)
  • OHP Observation Aircraft w/ OFS Operations Specialist

Burn Ban Status: No Burn Bans presently in effect.