Fire Situation Report - March 12, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/11/17 thru 03/12/17 

 NE Area – No new fires reported.

EC Area – No new fires reported

SE Area – No new fires reported

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Large Fires currently active within the Protection Area.

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: Numerous OFS resources remain committed to the Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires. Resources include Overhead, Type 6 Engines, Bulldozers, Fixed-wing and Rotor-wing aircraft.

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No Activity

* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect local fire department’s fire run information. Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion section of this report.

Large Fire Activity outside of the Protection Area: 

Northwest Oklahoma Complex – This Complex is being managed under Unified Command with the Southern Region Red Team (Type 1 IMT with Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander) and Woodward, Buffalo, Laverne, Slapout, Moorland, Rosston and Beaver Fire Departments. The Complex is currently at 29% containment. Numerous OFS overhead, heavy equipment, Type 6 Engines, and aircraft are assigned to the complex to assist local fire departments with the control efforts. Other state forestry resources from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky have arrived and are committed to the firefighting effort. An Incident Command Post is established at the Woodward County Fairgrounds to facilitate briefings, resource assignments and ordering. Fire behavior was minimal during the previous burning period and expected to remain low today. Resources are working to strengthen existing control lines and mop-up hot spots around the fires perimeter. Aerial mapping is an ongoing process to provide updated acreages for each incident. Acreage figures may actually decrease due to more accurate mapping.

Starbuck (Beaver and Harper County) – 662,687 acres total (464,308 acres in Kansas and 198,379 acres in Oklahoma). Near the Oklahoma communities of Buffalo, Knowles, Gate, Rosston, and Laverne. Numerous residences, secondary structures, livestock and other infrastructure lost. Damage assessments are on-going.

Selman (Harper and Woodward County) – 47,289 acres, located approximately 10 miles north of Woodward. No estimate on residences or secondary structures lost. Damage assessments are on-going.

 283 Fire (Harper County) – 69,395 acres, located near the communities of Rosston, Laverne, and May. Damage assessments are on-going.

Beaver Fire (Beaver County) – 2,962 acres, located south of Beaver. Damage assessments on-going. This fire was recently added to and will be managed as part of the Complex.

Statewide Discussion: The highest fire danger today will be experienced in the Panhandle and portions of extreme western and northern Oklahoma. Cooler temperatures, good nighttime humidity recovery and increased daytime relative humidity values should help moderate fire behavior over most of the area. Rainfall across the state varied from 1+ inches to a trace to no measurable precipitation.

The fuels in western and northwestern Oklahoma will remain receptive to new starts, but rapid initial attach should be successful. Lower temperatures and higher relative humidity will help keep fire activity miniimal.

Expect any fire that starts today to burn with moderate intensities and rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be experienced where terrain and winds align. Resistance to control should moderate with the increased fine fuel moistures.

 Resources: To request assistance, call the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

  • OFS Engine/Dozer Task Forces on stand-by
  • National Guard Helicopter available, but limited
  • County Wildland Task Force Resources should assess availability for mobilization

Numerous County Burn Bans are in effect.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:




      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: Stephen Creech, Fire Behavior Analyst Detailed to Oklahoma Forestry Services