Fire Situation Report - April 4, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

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

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:

  • Colony Fire (Washita County) 743 acres / 90% contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 04/03/18 thru 04/04/18 

  • No new fire activity reported

Statewide Discussion: 

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 9 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY FOR ALL OF THE OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE...

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 1 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 7 PM CDT THIS EVENING FOR NORTHWEST OKLAHOMA (HARPER, WOODS, WOODWARD, ELLIS, ROGER MILLS)…

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 tall grass

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

Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: MCLear, 67o, Min RH 11%, S20G35

Critical fire weather conditions are expected today for all but the far southeast TX Panhandle as RH values will dip to around 11 to 15 percent and southerly 20 ft winds will be 20 to 30 mph.

Northern / Western Oklahoma: MCLear, 60o, Min RH 15%, S18G28

Southerly winds are expected to increase across western Oklahoma this afternoon. With a very dry air mass in place, near critical to critical fire weather conditions are expected to develop across northwest Oklahoma by this afternoon. As for the fuels, ERC values are forecast to be near the 90th percentile across northwest Oklahoma.

Central / Eastern Oklahoma: Clear, 54o, Min RH 28%, N6

Today will be cool with light winds, after freezing temperatures in many locations overnight. Winds will become gusty again on Thursday as the next front moves across Kansas. On Friday, this front will move through eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, with showers and storms likely across the entire area. 
Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

2 – OFS Suppression Groups OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 – Air Attack Platform

2 - Type 1 Helicopter 

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