Fire Situation Report – March 27, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/26/17 thru 03/27/17 

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, 100% contained.

Potato Hills Fire (Latimer)-Estimated at 1100 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

Brushy Creek Fire (Pittsburg)-Estimated 590 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

Angel #2 -Estimated 125 acres, cause under investigation, 100% 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: 

Riverside Fire (Seminole)- Estimated at 1000 acres, cause under investigation, no estimate of containment.

Jackson Ranch (Creek)-Estimated at 8500 acres, cause under investigation, 75% contained.

Chupco Fire (Hughes) –Estimated at 3756 acres, cause under investigation, 75% contained.

Hargrove Fire (Creek)-Estimated at 3475 acres, cause under investigation, 75% contained.

Sherwood Forest (Seminole)-Estimated at 2100 acres, cause under investigation, 90% contained.

Hoppick Fire (Washington)-Estimated at 544 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

119 Fire (Seminole)-Estimated at 96 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

Stuart Hill (Hughes)-Estimated at 1355 acres, cause incendiary, 100% contained.

Industrial Road Fire (Logan)-Estimated at 100 acres, cause under investigation, 100% contained.

Statewide Discussion:

Yesterday: Minimal fire activity yesterday. Rain fell mainly in the Eastern half of the state. No rain fell in the Western half. There was good moisture recovery last night as humidity reached near 90% across the state.

Today: Moderate fire potential will develop for the Western half of the state as the clouds break, humidity drops towards 25% and 1HR fuels drop to between 7-8% during the afternoon. Low NE winds between 5-10 mph will keep spread rates low.

Humidity increases upwards of 40% closer to the I-35 corridor and fine fuels will be around 12% and increasing to 15% in the East.

Outlook: Widespread rain is expected to develop over most of the area Tuesday through Thursday. Severe storm potential will develop Tuesday afternoon for most of the state. 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”.

Fuels Outlook: The Nation Interagency Fire Center has issued a Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory for the Central and Southern Great Plains. High fuel loading and drought has combined to create dangerous fire behavior conditions. Extreme fire behavior has been observed under moderate fire weather conditions and fires have shown resistance to control during critical fire weather events.

https://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/fuels_fire-danger/fuels_advisories.htm

Safety Message:

Watch out Situation #14 – Weather becoming hotter and drier

 Although the Eastern half of the state has received wetting rain over the past 2 days, the Western half did not. Fuels remain dry and available for combustion. Green up is progressing, but larger fuels are still unusually dry. 

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