Fire Situation Report – April 12, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/11/18 thru 0800 04/12/18 

NE Area – 9 Fires Burned 325.25 Acres (5-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 503 Acres (2-Incendiary)

SE Area – 1 Fire Burned 6 Acres (1-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • West Liberty Fire (Haskell County) – 418 Acres / 70% Contained
  • Pine Springs Ranch (Cherokee County – 200 (Est) / 50% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • 5 Fires Burned 1,227 Acres
  • Brake Road Fire (Kay County) – 400 Acres (Est) / 50% Contained
  • Hwy 11 Fire (Kay County – 350 Acres (Est) / 75% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/11/18 thru 04/12/18 

  • 1 Fire Burned 12 Acres (1-Escaped Debris) Tecumseh FD Reporting

Statewide Discussion: 

Extreme fire danger today in the western one-third of Oklahoma with very-high fire danger indices well into the central core of the state are expected today.  The burning period will likely extend through the night into Friday morning across the Panhandle, northwest and extreme western counties setting the stage for more widespread extreme fire danger on Friday in advance of a cold front.  Conditions across western Oklahoma are expected to only moderate somewhat with frontal passage only to climb again through the weekend and into next week.
A Red Flag Warning is in effect for a large portion of the western half of Oklahoma – generally along and west of US 81 - with critical fire weather indices continuing well into the nighttime hours.  Temperatures will soar into the 90°’s across much of the warned area nearing 100° in southwest Oklahoma along with relative humidity values 5% in the Panhandle, 6-10% along the western tier of counties and 20-30% along the I-35 corridor.  Fine-dead fuel moisture values will range from 2-5% across the area with near 100% Probability of Ignition.  Extreme rates of fire spread will be evident on any fire that becomes established in dormant fuels with what little green up that has developed in the drought stricken area serving as little to no benefit.  Southwest winds will be sustained 20-30 mph with areas gusting around 50 mph at times driving rates of spread in dormant grass fuels in excess of 400 ft/min where fuels and topography are aligned with winds.
Very poor overnight moisture recovery, sustained strong winds and accelerated drying of fuels will facilitate a burning period that extends through the nighttime hours in the Panhandle, northwest and extreme western Oklahoma.  A much broader area of concern will be present on Friday along with a cold front expected to impact the state during the peak burning period.  Fire danger will be greatest tomorrow both in advance of the cold front in western Oklahoma and then driving east ahead of the frontal boundary supporting potential for extreme fire behavior east of I-35.  
In the wake of the cold front we are expecting cooler temperatures and elevating relative humidity values, however respectable burning conditions will remain in place with several indications of escalating fire danger in successive days into early next week.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

– OFS Task Forces (Woodward/Weatherford/Guthrie)

- OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

1 – Air Attack Platform

2 - Type 1 Helicopters

– National Guard Helicopters

** County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for mobilization**

Burn Ban Status:

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