Fire Situation Report – March 12, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/10/18 thru 0800 03/13/18 

NE Area – 12 Fires Burned 445.7 Acres ( 11-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 14 Fire Burned 1,153.5 Acres (10-Incendiary, 4-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 14 Fires Burned 2,800 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 5-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Duncan Fire (Pushmataha County) – 2400 Acres / 70% Contained
  • Blue Creek Fire (Pittsburg County) – 160 Acres / 95% Contained
  • Little High Top 1 Fire (Latimer County) – 160 Acres / 95% Contained
  • Rocky Trail Fire (Pittsburg County) – 230 Acres / 90%
  • Wolf Mountain Fire (LeFlore County) – 370 Acres / 90% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Stateline Fire (OK/NM/CO) – 26,000+ Acres / 40% Contained
  • Turnout Fire(Murray County) – 208 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Crystal Fire (Atoka County) – 123 Acres / 90% Contained.

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 410 Acres (Latimer County)

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/10/18 thru 03/13/18 

2 Fires Burned 21 Acres (2-Escaped Debris) Roosevelt & Sparks FD’s Reporting

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Increased fire activity is expected to continue this week with dry conditions prevailing. The latter half of the week brings concern with enhanced fire weather over top of very dry fuels. Other than very slight chances of rain in a few locations, dry conditions are expected.

Today, winds will shift to southerly in much of the Panhandle while remaining relatively light and north across much of the rest of the state. In the Oklahoma Panhandle, temperatures will warm into the low 60°’s with clear skies and relative humidity values 15-20%. Southerly winds this afternoon 15-20 mph will push moderate rates of fire spread, with reasonable probability of successful initial attack in the lighter grass fuels.

The high fire danger indices are expected across the state today, however generally light winds will provide for good initial attack opportunities in fine fuels. Given the composite fuel moisture, especially large fuels, fires where heavy loading of dead and down woody fuels will present some control challenges requiring extended periods of mop-up and patrol. Temperatures in the mid- to upper 50°’s across the sate and somewhat low dew point temperatures will deliver relative humidity values in the western half of the state 20-28% and the eastern half observing 22-35%. Light northerly (variable) are expected limiting fire spread potential.

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

4 - Single Engine Air Tankers 1 - Type 1 Helicopters

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