Fire Situation Report – March 14, 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 – 5 Fires Burned 53 Acres (1-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Control Burn, 2-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 2 Fires Burned 68.5 Acres (12-Incendiary)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 48 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Cement Mixer Fire (Latimer County) – 155 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Duncan Fire (Pushmataha County) – 2400 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Blue Creek Fire (Pittsburg County) – 160 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Little High Top 1 Fire (Latimer County) – 160 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Rocky Trail Fire (Pittsburg County) – 230 Acres / 100%
  • Wolf Mountain Fire (LeFlore County) – 370 Acres / 100% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Stateline Fire (OK/NM/CO) – 31,000+ Acres / 50% Contained
  • Turnout Fire(Murray County) – 208 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Crystal Fire (Atoka County) – 123 Acres / 100% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 229 Acres (Latimer County)

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/13/18 thru 03/14/18 

6 Fires Burned 63 Acres (2-Escaped Debris, 1-Incendiary) Weatherford, Roosevelt & Guymon FD’s Reporting

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Red Flag Warning in effect today in portions of northwestern and western Oklahoma, and a Fire Weather Watch issued for the Oklahoma Panhandle. Critical or near critical fire weather is expected for the next several days across much of Oklahoma with warm dry and windy conditions. Fuel dryness in western and northern Oklahoma will support very intense burning conditions and challenging firefighting in central/eastern Oklahoma.

Northwest Oklahoma / Oklahoma Panhandle: Temperatures will warm to the 69°-74° range with afternoon relative humidity values in the 14-20% range. Fuels are resistant to fire suppression efforts reqiring additional resources and effort to contain wildfires. Fin fuel moisture values will be 4-5%, and given strong southwest winds 18-25 mph and gusts in excess of 28 mph at times will drive rates of fire spread around 220 ft/min today.

Central / Northern / Western Oklahoma: Relative humidity values 13-22% this afternoon as temperatures move ionto the mid to upper 60°’s will encourage and extremely receptive fire environment today. Southwest winds will be strongest west – southwest 10-20 mph across the area. Expect very rapid rates of fire spread and given the drying that has occurred, problematic fire behavior should be expected in brush and timber dominated fuels.

Eastern Oklahoma – Very dry fine fuel moisture values this afternoon will spur increasing initial attack likelihood as the timber fuels are now supporting active fire behavior. Fine fuel moisture values of 5% are expected across much of the area today as temperatures max out in the 60°’s and relative humidity values this afternoon hit 18-27%. Southwest winds 7-15 mph with some gusts near 20 mph in the northern counties will support active fire behavior and moderate rates of fire spread. Fuels have become increasingly resistant to control and firefighters should be prepared for extended mop up and patrol commitment.

The next several days will present significant fire danger across much of Oklahoma. Incident responder are encouraged to prepare for the potential of longer duration, multi-operational period fires.

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

Burn Ban Status:

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