Fire Situation Report – March 4, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/02/18 thru 0800 03/04/18 

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 recorded on 03/03/18 thru 03/04/18 

No New Activity Reported

  • Additional Activity Noted Through Media Outlets 

 Statewide Discussion:

Extreme fire danger will develop midday through the evening west of the dry line today. Monday will bring more widespread fire concerns, and even more so on Tuesday. Accelerated drying is anticipated Monday with widespread low fuel moisture values and stout post-frontal, northwest winds. Today, a Red Flag Warning is in effect for the Oklahoma Panhandle as well as bordering counties in both Texas and Kansas. Any fire that starts in the Warned Area will likely exhibit extreme rates of spread, and pose resistance to fire suppression efforts.

Oklahoma Panhandle – Mostly clear skies, temperatures 75°-79° and critically low relative humidity values 4-8% will support fine-dead fuel moisture values at 2% and probability of ignition near 100%. Southwest winds 25-30 mph and gusts at 45 mph will drive extreme rates of fire spread and short to medium-range spotting. Grass dominated fuels will exhibit rates of spread 220-325 ft/min or 3.7 mph and flame lengths 11-14%. Areas of dense grass with high fuel loading and where topography is aligned with surface winds will support rates of spread nearer to a maximum of 450 ft/min or 5.1 mph. An approaching cold front expected to impact the area overnight will shift winds clockwise from southwest to northwest maintaining intensity.

The dry line is expected to hold up in the OK/TX Panhandles; however should it push further east fire danger will become a concern in the western tier of counties. East of the dry line, chances of rain and storms with highest probability in the southern and southeastern counties and higher relative humidity values will hold fine fuel moisture values above critical levels; however fires that do occur in western counties (especially northwestern) will be subjected to strong and gusty south winds supporting rapid rates of fire spread.

Monday/Tuesday – More widespread low afternoon relative humidity values will bring broader fire danger concerns. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma counties with expanding dry atmospheric conditions, strong southwest winds and warm temperatures. Areas where wetting rains are received today will lag behind; however drying conditions on Monday will likely translate into increased fuel availability.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

  • 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:

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