Fire Situation Report – March 15, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/14/18 thru 0800 03/15/18 

 NE Area – 7 Fires Burned 424.5 Acres (4-Incendiary, 1-Equipment, 2-Escaped Debris)

EC Area – 11 Fires Burned 2,879.5 Acres (8-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Control Burns)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 78.2 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 3-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Blue Creek Fire ( Pittsburg County) – 1,728 Acres / 50% Contained
  • East Cupco Fire (Latimer County) – 1,000 Acres (est) / 50% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Circle K Fire (Osage County) – 780 Acres / 49% Contained
  • Grave Yard Fire (Washington County) – 793 Acres / 40% Contained
  • School House Fire (Woodward County) – 221 Acres / 55% Contained
  • Cimarron Fire (Harper/Woods County) – 450 Acres / 40% Contained
  • Stateline Fire (OK/NM/CO) – 31,000+ Acres / 50% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 70 Acres (LeFlore County)

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/14/18 thru 03/15/18 

No New Activity Reported

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Red Flag Warning in effect for today across the Oklahoma Panhandle, northwest Oklahoma and western tier of counties beginning at 1:00 PM and lasting into the late evening. Critical fire weather will occur supporting rapid rates of fire spread and extreme fire behavior. The next several days will present very-high to extreme fire danger indices across much of Oklahoma. Given the composite fuel moisture values and fire-effective weather pattern, fires are expected to exhibit both problematic and extreme fire behavior with high potential to escape initial attack efforts. Fire danger today will be highest in the western third of Oklahoma, however building indices and ongoing fire activity in the northern tier and some eastern counties points to the state of the fire environment causing concerns for increased extended attack fire activity.

Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: Unseasonably warm temperatures in the upper 70°’s to mid-80°’s will facilitate relative humidity values diving into the 10-18% range coupled with poor overnight moisture recovery with an early start to the peak burning period is expected. Southwest to south winds sustained 20-27 mph with gusts in excess of 40 mph at times will facilitate extreme rates of fire spread in typical grass-dominated fuels of 225 - 440ft/min (2.5-5.0 mph). In areas where juniper and other woody species are present expect short to mid-range spotting of up to one-quarter mile.

Northern / Western Oklahoma: Moderate overnight moisture recovery and temperatures 74°-80° will support afternoon relative humidity values in the 18-25% range and fine dead fuel moisture values of 5%. South winds 20-25 mph with some gusts near 35 mph will facilitate extreme rates of fire spread. In western Oklahoma, rates of spread of 170-300 ft/min (1.9-3.4 mph) in topical grass fuels. Northern counties where grass loading is very high will support alarming rates of fire spread of 320-480 ft/min (4.0 – 5.5 mph) with flame length at the head fire 15-25 ft.. Brush and juniper fuels will present very challenging conditions with rates of fire spread of around 100 ft/min with flame lengths 15-20 ft.

Central / Eastern Oklahoma: Temperatures in the mid- to upper-70°’s and afternoon relative humidity values 25-35% will facilitate very receptive fuels. Recent fire behavior observations point to increasing resistance to control efforts due to dry trending composite fuel moisture values. Rates of fire spread in timber / grass fuels will be moderate, but again resistance to control is increasing. Grass dominated fuels will deliver rapid rates of fire spread of 170-250 ft/min with flame length in the 10-18 ft.

A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for a large portion of Oklahoma tomorrow with high confidence that critical fire weather indices will develop along with very receptive fuels that are in place. Again, the next several days are expected to present very challenging firefighting conditions.

Special Note to Firefighters: Oklahoma Forestry Services will be increasing its operational capacity prepositioning multiple task forces in the coming days with locations determined by the highest fire danger. County wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for mobilization.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

1– OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

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

4 - 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