Fire Situation Report – April 14, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/13/18 thru 0800 04/14/18 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 3 Acres (1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • West Liberty Fire (Haskell County) – 418 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Pine Springs Ranch (Cherokee County – 200 (Est) / 100% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • Dollar Pond Fire (Caddo County) – 300 Acres, 10% Contained
  • 34 Complex (Woodward County) – 115,000 Acres (Est), 13% Contained
  • Rhea Fire (Dewey County) – 240,000 Acres (Est), 3% Contained
  • Cheyenne Fire (Roger Mills County) – 81 Acres, 90% Contained
  • East Reydon Fire (Roger Mills County) – 1,232 Acres, 81% Contained
  • 48/33 Fire (Creek County) – 162 Acres, 89% Contained
  • Shaw Fire (Roger Mills County) – 7,257 Acres, 40% Contained
  • Roadside Fire (Woodward County) - 961 Acres , 51% Contained
  • 66 Fire (Lincoln County) – 150 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Anderson Road Fire (Logan County) – 60 Acres, 75% Contained
  • Brake Road Fire (Kay County) – 400 Acres (Est) / 80% Contained
  • Hwy 11 Fire (Kay County – 350 Acres (Est) / 73% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/13/18 thru 04/14/18 

  • Numerous Fires with reporting ongoing.

Statewide Discussion: 

A Red Flag Warning will again be in place across much of western Oklahoma today impacting the large, ongoing fires and promoting a fire environment conducive to new fire activity.  A line of storms and showers developed yesterday delivering some precipitation east of I-35; however wetting rains were logged primarily in southeastern Oklahoma.  Fire weather in the eastern half of the state is expected to support good initial attack success in the area. 
In the Warned Area, which includes the ongoing large wildfires, temperatures will be cooler than in previous days generally in the upper 50°’s – cooler in northwest counties/warmer in southwest counties.  Fine-dead fuel moisture values will dip below 5% at some sites but generally hold in the 5-6% range with relative humidity values as low as 18%.  Northwest winds are forecast to persist with vigor through the burning period today sustained 25-35 mph gusting near 45 mph driving the probability of very rapid rates of fire spread.  In grass dominated fuels 375 ft/min (4.2 mph) with flame length 17-23 ft.  Transitional fuels with brush and juniper will likely exhibit problematic fire behavior including group tree torching and spotting.
High to very-high fire danger indices will remain firmly in place across western Oklahoma escalating into mid-week.  Strong and gusty winds will continue to support very rapid rates of fire spread and fuel dryness will support persistent new fire occurrence.

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

4 – Type 1 Airtankers

4 – SEATs

– CL-415 Scoopers

– National Guard Helicopters

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

 Burn Ban Status:

 For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info