Fire Situation Report – July 23, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 07/02/2018 thru 0800 07/22/2018 

NE Area – No New Activity

EC Area – No New Activity

SE Area – 26 Fires Burned 912.8 Acres (Cause: 17-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Debris, 2-Equpment, 2-Lightning)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Black Fork Fire (Pushmataha County) – 475 Acres, 80% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 2 Fires Burned 250 Acres

  • 3 Mile Curve Fire (Caddo County) – 200 Acres / 3 Structures, 90% Contained (National Guard Helicopter)

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity 

 FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 07/02/2018 thru 07/22/2018 

  • 14 Fires Burned 396 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment, 3-Misc.)

    • Sparks, Roosevelt, Guymon, Gene Autry & Indiahoma FD’s Reporting

  • Additional Activity Noted Through Media Outlets

    Statewide Discussion: 

    Temperatures rising above 100° late last week across the state and sustaining through the weekend in southern Oklahoma combined with an increasing rainfall deficit focused south of I-40 resulted in an increase in wildfire activity. Lingering effects from drought impacts and increasingly available herbaceous fuels contributed to a noticeable uptick in fire behavior and resistance to control efforts. Dry conditions through the start of the week will result in elevated fire danger remaining in place with the primary focus in counties along the Red River.

    While no significant fire weather is expected this week, fuels across southern Oklahoma (generally south of a line from Greer County to McCurtain County) will remain quite receptive with temperatures in the upper 90°’s and potential for a few 100° observations and afternoon relative humidity values supporting fine-dead fuel moisture values generally 5-6%. Live-herbaceous fuels continue to impede rates of fire spread; however the combination of hot temperatures and increasing separation from wetting rains has shifted the live-to-dead ratio in favor of dead fuels. Wind speeds are not forecast to facilitate rapid rates of fire spread with grass dominated fuels averaging 25-50 ft./min and 4-8 ft. flame lengths while timber dominated fuels will average 10-25 ft./min with 1-8 ft. flame lengths. Firefighting personnel should expect single and group tree torching including hardwoods that will produce short-range spotting to continue.

    Light rain in the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma will moderate concerns in the area. Rain chances improve Thursday and Friday and then again over the weekend as a front is forecast to move from north to south through Oklahoma. Location, amount and duration of any precipitation received will need to be evaluated for any improvement to composite fuel moisture values.

    Burn Ban Status:

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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