Fire Situation Report - April 3, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/02/18 thru 0800 04/03/18 

NE Area – No Fires 

EC Area – No Fires

SE Area – No Fires 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • None to report

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area:

  • None to report

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activityFIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/02/18 thru 04/03/18 

  • No new fire activity reported

Statewide Discussion: 

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING FOR OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE AND NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA DUE TO STRONG WINDS AND LOW HUMIDITIES...0900-1900

The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Red Flag Warning for northwest Oklahoma, which is in effect from 9 AM this morning to 7 PM CDT this evening. A Fire Weather Watch has also been issued for Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday evening.

* TIMING... 9 AM through 7 PM Tuesday.

* WINDS...North 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.

* RELATIVE HUMIDITY...As low as 18 percent.

* TEMPERATURES...In the mid 50s.

* IMPACTS...If fires start, they will be difficult to contain.

Fire Behavior:

Rates of Spread in short grass up to 2 mph Rates of Spread in tall grass up to 4 mph

Flame Length 8’ in short grass Flame Length 15’ in short grass

Frontal assault on fire should not be attempted on an established fire. Establish an anchor and flank the fire.

Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: MCLear, 54o, Min RH 16%, N29G53

A strong cold front will arrive this morning, with very strong north winds over most sections. This will result in critical to extremely critical fire weather conditions over all of the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles. Winds will diminish during the late afternoon. Southwest winds will increase on Wednesday, with critical fire weather conditions likely to develop over all of the Oklahoma Panhandle and all but the far southeast Texas Panhandle.

Northern / Western Oklahoma: MCLear, 54o, Min RH 18%, NW26G40

A cold front will pass by from northwest to southeast today. Behind the cold front, northerly winds will be quite strong and gusty with sustained wind speeds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts over 40mph. This will be combined with a dry air mass and ERC values above the 75th percentile across the west. Near critical to critical fire weather conditions are expected.

Central / Eastern Oklahoma: PCldy, 70o, Min RH 131%, SW@14 then NW16

A strong cold front will move across the area today, with very strong northwest winds and low humidity values behind the front. The worst conditions are expected west of Highway 75 in northeast Oklahoma, where the driest conditions will combine with the stronger winds. 
Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

2 – OFS Suppression Groups OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 - Type 1 Helicopter 2 – Air Attack Platform 4 - Single Engine Air Tankers

Burn Ban Status:

 RED = Governor’s Burn Ban

YELLOW = County Burn Ban

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