Fire Situation Report – March 13, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/12/18 thru 0800 03/13/18 

 NE Area – 1 Fire Burned 3 Acres (Cause: Incendiary)

EC Area – 9 Fires Burned 354 Acres (Causes: 6-Incendiary, 1- Esc. Debris, 2-Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 74 Acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary)

 Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Cement Mixer Fire (Latimer County) – 155 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 / 80% Contained

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/12/18 thru 03/13/18 

2 Fires Burned 3 Acres (1-Escaped Debris; 1-Equipment) Roosevelt & Guymon FD’s Reporting

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Today, high to very high fire danger is expected across the entire State. Expect relative humidity readings in the 10-20% range, north-northeast winds at 5-10 mph with gusts from 10-15 mph possible, and temperatures in the 50-60 degree range. Any fire starting today has the potential to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest fire spread rates will be experienced where winds and terrain align.

Wildfire activity is expected to escalate over the next several days due to low relative humidity, strong winds, and increasingly warm daytime temperatures. Due to the increasing fire danger any fire that starts will exhibit strong resistance to control. Heightened wildfire prevention and preparedness actions by the public and firefighting personnel are strongly advised.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: County Wildland Task Forces should be prepared for mobilization over the next few days. Competition for resources is expected to be high. A well organized, rapid initial attack will help achieve a higher probability of success in suppressing wildfires under the current and expected weather forecast.

Resources Currently Available: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 – Air Attack Platform 2 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Lead Plane

4 - Single Engine Air Tankers 2 - Type 1 Helicopters

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Many wildfires start from residual embers from controlled burns that blow out of the ‘controlled area’ due to high winds. (In areas where outdoor burning is allowed) Please ensure that if you conduct any outdoor burning today that your fire is dead out by tomorrow morning. Outdoor burning is discouraged over the next few days due to the forecast for very high to extreme fire danger.

A large portion of western Oklahoma is under a Governor’s Burn Ban. Several other counties have County Commissioner Burn Bans in effect. For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link:

http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info