Fire Situation Report – March 25, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/24/17 thru 03/25/17        

NE Area –         No fires reported.

EC Area –         1 fires reported, 12 acres (1 incendiary, 12 acres)

SE Area –         No fires reported.

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

Sportsman Fire (Pittsburg)-Estimated at 1020 acres, cause under investigation, 100% containment.

Airport Road Fire (LeFlore)-Estimated 191 acres, cause under investigation, 80% contained.

Potato Hills Fire (Latimer)-Estimated at 1100 acres, cause under investigation, 80% contained.

Brushy Creek Fire (Pittsburg)-Estimated 590 acres, cause under investigation, 80% contained.

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:        

Gun Range Fire (Okmulgee)-Estimated at 1510 acres, 100% contained, cause under investigation, OFS personnel working with Okmulgee and Nuyaka VFD.

Hoppick Fire (Washington)-Estimated at 544 acres, cause under investigation, 75% contained.

Jackson Ranch (Creek)-Estimated at 8000 acres, cause under investigation, 40% contained.

119 Fire (Seminole)-Estimated at 96 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

 Sherwood Forest (Seminole)-Estimated at 2009 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

 Tower Road (Hughes)-Estimated at 1355 acres, cause incendiary, no estimate of containment.

 Hargrove Fire (Creek)-Estimated at 3475 acres, cause under investigation, 20% contained.

 Industrial Road Fire (Logan)-Estimated at 100 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Dunlap Complex (Carter)-No estimate of acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

 Statewide Discussion:

There was widespread moisture associated with the passage of the cold front on Friday. Rainfall amounts varied across the state from a trace to nearly 2-inches in the eastern counties. Winds behind the front will be from the northwest throughout the day and humidity levels should remain elevated. No significant fire activity is expected today. The moisture received in the eastern portion of the state should push that area to green-up. The moisture in the remainder of the state was not significant enough to have any long-term impact on fire danger. Conditions for Sunday will return to Near Critical” for southwest Oklahoma.

Winds behind the Friday frontal passage will be from the northwest throughout the day. Wind speeds are forecast 12-17 mph with gust to near 30 mph. Relative humidity will remain elevated and are forecast in the 25-55% range. Temperatures will be in the mid 50’s to 70°F range. Sunday temperatures will climb to the mid-70’s to upper 80’s. Winds will switch back to the southeast 15-20 mph with gust to 35 mph. RH values may fall into the mid-teens. This combination of high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds will push fire danger into the Near Critical” range.

There is additional moisture forecast for Oklahoma over the next five days. Areas of the state that did not receive wetting rain expect fuels to remain receptive for combustion. Spread rates and flame lengths will moderate with the forecast winds, temperatures and RH, but they will still exhibit resistance to control until the 100 and 1000 hour fuels gain additional moisture. Don’t let these moderated conditions lull your firefighting resources into a false sense of security. Maintain your SA at all times!

Human Factor Barriers to Situation Awareness (SA): 

Resources have been engaged in firefighting efforts since at least early March. Many have been on multiple assignments and have Initial Attack responsibility. Work assignments have been under near extreme weather conditions with many assignments stretching the limits of our 2 to 1 “work rest” standard. Below are some of the common barriers that can negatively impact out SA (IRPG x).

            

 

Ø  Low   experience level with local factors.

  o       Unfamiliarity with the area or the   organizational structure.  
 

Ø  Distraction   from Primary Task.

 o      Radio   traffic  

o      Conflict

  

o      Previous   errors

  

o      Collateral   duties

  

o      Incident   within an incident

  
 

Ø  Fatigue

  

o      Carbon   monoxide

  

o      Dehydration

  

o      Heat   stress

  

o      Poor   fitness level can reduce resistance to fatigue

  

o      24-hours   awake affects your decision-making capability like a .10 blood alcohol   content

  
 

Ø  Stress   Reactions

  

o      Communication   deteriorates or grows tense

  

o      Habitual   or repetitive behaviors

  

o      Target   fixation

  

o      Action   Tunneling

  

o      Escalation   of commitment

  

 

  
 

Ø  Hazardous   Attitudes

  

o      Invulnerable

  

o      Anti-authority

  

o      Impulsive

  
 

o      Mach

  

o      Complacent

  

o      Resigned

  

o      Group   Think

  

 

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