Fire Situation Report – March 8, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/07/18 thru 0800 03/08/18 

NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 60.1 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1-Equipment)

EC Area – 3 Fires Burned 19 Acres (Cause: 2-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Debris)

SE Area – 1 Fires Burned 120 Acres (1-Escaped Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Pipeline Fire (Atoka County) – 120 Acres, 60% Contained
  • Razorback Mountain (Pushmataha County) – 650 Acres (est), 100% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Onion Prairie Fire (Osage County) – 3,439 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Galena Fire (Woods County) – 1,579 Acres / 90% Contained
  • Hammon 920 Fire (Custer County) – 488 Acres / 90% Contained
  • Pink Fire (Pottawatomie County) – 73.5 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Beasley Fire (Texas County) – 560 Acres / 100% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 223 Acres (Pittsburg County)

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/06/18 thru 03/08/18 

3 Fires Burned 610 Acres (2-Equipment, 1-Misc.) Guymon, Weatherford FD’s Reporting

Numerous additional fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Another cool start to the day which will see temperatures warm into the upper 50°’s to low 70°’s with dry conditions continuing. Relative humidity values will be slightly higher than yesterday with moderate winds west and light winds east. Fire danger will gradually build in western and parts of northern Oklahoma into the weekend while rain chances return with best opportunities for wetting rains in eastern Oklahoma. Unsettled weather on track for next week will need to be monitored for potential fire danger concerns in western and central Oklahoma.

Today, dry conditions will hold fire danger in place with the highest fire danger indices across western and northern Oklahoma.

Western Oklahoma – West of line from Alfalfa County to Cotton County will see relative humidity values as low as 9% - 25% as afternoon temperature rises to 64°-71°. Fine fuel moisture values of 4% are expected in both the Panhandle and far southwest counties with 5% over much of the area. Very receptive fuels will readily support ignitions, with forecast wind speeds supporting moderate rates of fire spread. South winds 10-17 mph with some gusts this afternoon around 25 mph will drive rates of fire spread in typical grass dominated fuels averaging 160-220 ft/min.

Northern & Central Corridor - Temperatures this afternoon 62°-68°, some increasing sky cover in the southern counties and relative humidity values 24-31% will deliver receptive fuels with fine-dead fuel moisture values widely of 6% in the area. South winds 7-12 mph with limited gusts will support moderate rates of fire spread in grass dominated fuels offering good opportunity for initial attack success. Timber dominated fuels in the area will continue to produce moderated rates of fire spread, however dead fuel moisture values in large diameter fuels will promote longer duration burning requiring extended periods of mop-up.

Eastern Oklahoma – Light and variable winds this morning will transition in to southerly winds at 5-10 mph with temperatures during the peak burning period of 53°-62° along with relative humidity values 25-32%. Given the strength of drying in recent days, fuels will be rather receptive to ignition; however initial attack actions are expected to be successful.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

1– OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 – Air Attack Platform 1 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Aerial Supervision Module

2 - Single Engine Air Tankers 1 - Type 1 Helicopters

Burn Ban Status:

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