Fire Situation Report - April 21, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period  0800 04/20/18 thru 0800 04/21/18        

NE Area –  3 Fires Burned 45 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire, 2-Incendiary)

EC Area –  No New Activity Reported

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

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area:

•34 Complex (Woodward County) – 62,089 Acres (Est), 69% Contained

•Rhea Fire (Dewey County) – 288,694 Acres (Est), 29% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/20/18 thru 04/21/18

•No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion:

Fire danger today will be suppressed by rainfall across the ongoing fires– yes, rainfall.  Rain will continue to move east through the day providing wetting opportunities and opportunity to reinvigorate stalled green up.  Oklahoma Forestry Services has assigned two Incident Management Teams to the largest fires in western Oklahoma.  The Southern Region Gold Team (Type 2 IMT) has been assigned to the 34 Complex. The Florida Forest Service Red Team (Type 1 IMT) is managing the Rhea Fire. These Teams are working under the authority of Oklahoma Forestry Services and are in unified command with the local fire departments affected by these incidents.

Rain will taper off in the western counties as the system moves east with early indications of as much as 1” on the 34 Complex and greater than 0.50” on the Rhea Fire boosting optimism for further containment.  Much of the western Oklahoma received a wetting rain noting that southwestern counties are not seeing the confidence building totals.  Initial attack activity will be suppressed obviously by rainfall, but also limited by vastly improved afternoon relative humidity and sky cover.  

Additional opportunities for rain will come Tuesday into Wednesday, but this time with improved chances south of I-40 and in southwestern counties.

Resources:    Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

4 – OFS Task Forces (Woodward/Weatherford)1 - OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

3 – Air Attack Platform2 - Type 1 Helicopters

4 – SEATs

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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