Fire Situation Report - April 5, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/04/18 thru 0800 04/05/18 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 5 Acres (1-Incendiary)

SE Area – No New Activity

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • No New Activity Reported

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area:

  • Colony Fire (Washita County) 743 acres / 100% contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity

 FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/04/18 thru 04/05/18 

  • No new fire activity reported

Statewide Discussion: 

High fire danger will persist across the Oklahoma Panhandle, northwest Oklahoma and along the western tier of counties with dry air and warm temperatures while moderated fire danger is expected in central and eastern regions.  A big change will come Friday as a cold front moves from north to south across the state driving temperatures down and presenting opportunity for precipitation.
Today, the highest fire danger will be present along and west of a line from Alfalfa County south to Jackson County.  Relative humidity values this afternoon of 12% in the Panhandle to 30% in southwest Oklahoma will facilitate very receptive fuels as fine-dead fuel moisture values of 6% (some 5% observations likely) develop this afternoon.  

Temperatures will warm into the 70°’s with winds southerly this afternoon 12-20 mph gusting to 25 mph encouraging moderate to rapid rates of fire spread in grass-dominated fuels.
Ongoing green up in eastern and central Oklahoma will likely stall with cold temperatures on the backside of the cold front; however rain and potential for some mixed precipitation will continue to stave off fire danger.

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

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