Fire Situation Report – March 3, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/02/18 thru 0800 03/03/18 

 NE Area – 

EC Area – Statistics Not Available at Time of Report

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • 1 Fire Burned 4 Acres (1 Structure Lost)

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/02/18 thru 03/03/18 

No New Activity Reported

  • Additional Activity Noted Through Media Outlets 

Statewide Discussion:

Dynamic weather conditions this weekend and into the first part of next week will present challenging fire weather conditions over the driest fuels. Extreme fire danger indices are expected to occur west of the dry line tomorrow complicated by a cold front passing Sunday night. While some rain/storm chances are forecast for Sunday, very dry air is expected Monday posing more widespread fire danger across northern and areas of western Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Panhandle - Red Flag Warning in effect for today in Cimarron and Texas Counties through 7:00 PM. Overnight moisture recovery was fair and will facilitate an extended burning period today. In the Warned Area, temperatures 75°-79° with mostly clear skies and relative humidity values 11-20% will encourage receptive fuels this afternoon as fine fuel moisture values fall into the 3-4% range. South winds 20-25 mph gusting in excess of 35 mph at times will support rates of fire spread in typical grass fuels of 140-180 ft/min (1.5-2.0 mph) and head fire flame length of 8-11 ft. Nighttime moisture recovery should be respectable; however the sustained south winds are expected to remain in the 12-19 mph range facilitating active fire behavior well into the evening.

In western Oklahoma, fine fuel moisture will be limited by relative humidity values generally above 30% although persistent dry conditions will maintain a receptive fire environment. Temperatures will be warm at 67°-77°, and south winds 15-20 mph gusting to 30 mph will support moderate rates of fire spread limited by fine fuel moisture values around 7%. Wind speeds in central and eastern Oklahoma will be slightly less than 20 mph; however relative humidity values are forecast to remain above 40% limiting fuel receptiveness and muting fire behavior on established fires.

Fire weather and fuel conditions west of the dry line on Sunday are expected to translate into extreme fire danger across the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles. A thorough analysis of the expected fire behavior will be issued tomorrow morning, but given the current forecast rates of fire spread nearing 5 mph with fine fuel moisture values at 2% and southwest winds 25-35 mph gusting as high as 55 mph. Current forecasts hold the dry line very near the OK/TX border along the 100th meridian. Should it push further east, western Oklahoma may also see extreme fire danger build into the afternoon.

Resources:

  • 2 – OFS Task Forces
  • 1 – Air Attack Platform
  • 1 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Aerial Supervision Module
  • 2 - Single Engine Air Tankers
  • 2 - Type 1 Helicopters
  • OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

Burn Ban Status:

For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info