Fire Situation Report – March 10, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/09/18 thru 0800 03/10/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – Statistics Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Razorback Mountain Fire (Pushmataha County) – 674 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Ten Mile Fire (Pushmataha County) – 184 Acres / 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Onion Prairie Fire (Osage County) – 3,439 Acres / 100% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/09/18 thru 03/10/18 

1 Fire Burned 56 Acres (1-Escaped Debris) Cleveland FD Reporting

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Dry conditions are expected to remain in place today across much of Oklahoma with the best opportunity for precipitation in southeastern and parts of eastern Oklahoma as a front passes through the state today. Fuels are extremely dry across the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest counties with the separation from wetting rains now pushed in excess of 150 days and drought intensity increases. Areas of the state that were impacted by the ice storm some time ago have seen ready fuel receptiveness return with resistance to control efforts increasing.

Far western tier and Panhandle counties will observe elevated fire danger today with warm temperatures and very receptive fuels while relative humidity values in central and eastern Oklahoma are expected to remain well above levels of concern for the remainder of the state

Oklahoma Panhandle – Fire weather conditions will be just below critical values but continue to pose challenges to firefighters with composite fuel moisture values of critical concern. Ongoing fire suppression in and around Black Mesa State Park will be subjected to temperatures near 67° and relative humidity values in the low teens supporting active fire behavior in very dry fuels. Northwest winds this morning will shift to north around midday increasing to 15-20 mph through the remainder of the day. Conditions across the Panhandle will support active fire behavior with temperatures 67°-71° along with relative humidity values this afternoon in the teens delivering 3% fine-dead fuel moisture. Rates of spread will be rapid in grass fuels and expect surges in both spread potential and fireline intensity where fuels and topography are aligned with wind direction.

Western Tier – Respectable overnight moisture recovery will begin to erode midmorning as temperatures warm into the 70°’s and relative humidity settles in the 20-28% range. Light and variable winds this morning will become northerly this afternoon around 10 mph with some higher gusts providing good initial attack opportunities with ne fire starts.

Temperatures are expected to be cooler in the post-frontal environment; however persistent fire danger will remain in place generally along, north and west of the I-44 corridor.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

1– OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 – Air Attack Platform 1 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Aerial Supervision Module

2 - Single Engine Air Tankers 2 - Type 1 Helicopters

Burn Ban Status:

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