Fire Situation Report – March 22, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/21/17 thru 03/22/17 

NE Area – 6 fires reported, 4780 acres (6 incendiary, 4780 acres)

EC Area – 8 fires reported, 2178 acres (4 incendiary, 1758 acres; 1 miscellaneous, 20 acres; 1 escaped control burn/prescribed fire, 400 acres)

SE Area – 8 fires reported, 23 acres (1 debris burning, 6 acres; 6 incendiary, 9 acres; 1 escaped prescribed burn, 8 acres)

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

 Little Fourche (Latimer)-Estimated 1340 acres, cause under investigation, 60% contained.

Watts (Pittsburg)-Estimated 400 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Peach Creek (Latimer)-245 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Cairo Fire (Coal)-Estimated at 408 acres, cause incendiary, 65% contained.

Sportsman Fire (Pittsburg)-Estimated at 1020 acres, cause under investigation, 75% containment.

Johnson Fire (Cherokee)-Estimated at 340 acres, cause incendiary, 100% contained.

Candle Fire (Cherokee)-Estimated at 400 acres, cause incendiary, 100% contained.

Big Skin Fire (Sequoyah)-Estimated at 300 acres, cause escaped prescribed fire, 99% contained.

Dennison Hollow Fire (Adair)-Estimated at 300 acres, cause incendiary, 100% contained.

Burnt Cabin Fire (Cherokee)-Estimated at 160 acres, cause incendiary, no estimate of containment.

Buckhorn Fire (Latimer)-Estimated at 110 acres, cause under investigation, 75% containment.

Lukins Ridge Fire (Delaware)-Estimated at 600 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

Scratch Out Fire (Sequoyah)-Estimated at 120 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

South Camp Fire (Sequoyah)-Estimated at 450 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

Persimmon Ridge (Cherokee)-Estimated at 3700 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Polecat Creek (Muskogee)-450 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Youth Camp(Sequoyah)-150 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Middle Ridge (Sequoyah)-200 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Gettin Down Mountain (Adair)-250 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

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.

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

Blue Water Tower Fire (Hughes)-3 miles west of Dustin, estimated at 769 acres, 30% contained, cause under investigation, OFS personnel assisting.

Gun Range Fire (Okmulgee)-estimated at 1510 acres, 20% contained, cause under investigation, OFS personnel working with Okmulgee and Nuyaka VFD.

Hoppick Fire (Washington)-estimated at 315 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Briar Creek (Pottawatomie)-Estimated 512 acres, cause under investigation, 25% contained.

Statewide Discussion: 

The front has moved through and exited the state. Skies should remain partly to mostly cloudy. Winds behind the front are mostly from the east/northeast. Wind speeds should be 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Air behind the front is cooler and moister. Temperatures should hold in the 70’s and 80’s with relative humidity values above 30% and in some areas values could remain above 40%. Looking ahead to Thursday and Friday we are forecast to see fire weather conditions return to “Near Critical” levels. There is starting to be discussion regarding a chance of wetting rain over the next 5-7 days. Models show significant moisture forecast for eastern OK, but only trace to .25 for the western counties. For now, do not hang your hat on getting moisture!

It has been 30+ days since some areas have experienced wetting rain. All fuel classifications continue to drop to critical levels. The higher relative humidity value will elevate fine fuels (.25 inch and less), but these fuels still remain available for combustion and can still produce high rates of spread on wind-driven fires. Highest spread rates will be experienced where terrain and winds align and where RH values fall below 20%. Firefighters should always be aware of changing weather conditions. Expect good nighttime humidity recoveries.

Standard Firefighting Orders # 7-9 deals with “Communication”:

  • Maintain prompt communication with your forces, your supervisor and adjoining forces..
  • Give clear instructions and be sure they are understood.
  • Maintain control of your forces at all times.

 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
  • Air Attack located at Guthrie, Bartlesville, Ardmore
  • Single Engine Airtankers (SEAT’s) located at Woodward and Bartlesville
  • Super Scooper Airtankers (CL-415) located at Burns Flat
  • Heavy Air Tanker (BAE-146) located at Ardmore
  • Heavy Lift Helicopters located at Stillwater, Guthrie, Shawnee and Ardmore

Numerous County Burn Bans are in effect.  For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information