Fire Situation Report – March 26, 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 – No fires reported.

SE Area – No fires reported.

 Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

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: 

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 2100 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:

Yesterday: Minimal fire activity yesterday. Clouds boke in the late afternoon and allowed drying to continue in the West and Central area. There was good moisture recovery last night as humidity reached near 90% across the state.

Today: RED FLAG warning from 1400 until 2000 in the southwest corner as temperatures will climb to the high 70’s with winds S18G26 and RH dips down to 14%. Fine fuels will be critically dry near 5-8% and ERC remains near the 90th percentile at 50.

Humidity increases closer to the I-40 corridor and fine fuels will be around 12%.

Severe storms are expected this afternoon along the southern half of the I-40 corridor and east into Arkansas. Large hail potential and winds up to 80 mph are possible.

Outlook: Following today’s severe weather, widespread rain is expected to develop over most of the area Tuesday through Thursday. Rainfall amounts will range from .5” starting in the west and increase up to 1.5” in the east. There is the potential for some areas to receive between 2-3”.

Safety Message:

Watch out Situation #15 – Wind increases or changes direction

There is a dangerous window of elevated fire danger today as RED FLAG conditions develop with a Severe Storm outlook developing adjacent. The exact timing and location of the Severe Storm Conditions are never certain and any initiating fire within these areas of concern will be subject to rapidly changing conditions which cannot be predicted. It is imperative to determine safety zones and escape routes before engaging in any direct attack. 

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.