Fire Situation Report – March 9, 2018

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/08/18 thru 0800 03/09/18 

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 61 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 7 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)

SE Area – 3 Fires Burned 232 Acres (2-Escaped Debris, 1-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Ten Mile Fire (Pushmataha County) – 184 Acres / 50% Contained
  • Pipeline Fire (Atoka County) – 120 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Onion Prairie Fire (Osage County) – 3,439 Acres / 79% Contained
  • Galena Fire (Woods County) – 1,579 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Hammon 920 Fire (Custer County) – 488 Acres / 100% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 1 Rx Fire Treating 180 Acres (Haskell County)

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/08/18 thru 03/09/18 

1 Fire Burned 56 Acres (1-Escaped Debris) Cleveland FD Reporting

Numerous additional fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion:

Very dry west and improving moisture east will hold fire danger firmly in place western and northwest Oklahoma while higher relative humidity values east will somewhat moderate fire danger today. Rain chances enter southeastern and a few southern counties this evening with that opportunity expanding into eastern and central Oklahoma into Saturday.

Today, the highest fire danger values will exist along and west of a line from Grant County to Tillman County. Temperatures in the area will top out in the low/mid-70°’s across the Panhandle and northern counties with potential for 80° in far southwest counties. Afternoon relative humidity values in the Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma of 9-12% with fine fuel moisture at 4% (some sites 3%) while the remainder of the area will observe 4-5% fine-dead fuel moisture. Obviously a very receptive fire environment with new fire occurrence expected. A weak trough entering the Panhandle counties will prompt north winds and the gradual switch from south to north will occur across western Oklahoma through the day. During the burning period, winds are expected to be sustained 8-17 mph with some higher gusts delivering moderate rates of fire spread. Dry conditions are expected through the day in central and eastern Oklahoma; however afternoon relative humidity values above 30% will stall fine fuels from tapping critical values. Fuels will remain receptive; however initial attack activity is expected to continue.

Relaxed fire danger conditions are expected in parts of eastern and southeastern Oklahoma through the weekend while fire danger remains in the forefront west. Sunday is poised to present some challenging fire danger in western and northern Oklahoma with gusty north winds.

Special Note to Firefighters: A Fuels & Fire Behavior Advisory has been issued for central and western Oklahoma as well as a broad expanse in TX, KS, CO and NM. Firefighters and Incident responders are encouraged to review the Advisory noting that any fire-effective weather that is prevalent in March will likely translate into increased fireline intensity, resistance to control and very rapid rates of fire spread. The link to the current Advisory that has been issued for the next two weeks is available at: https://gacc.nifc.gov/sacc/resources/home/swsarmfuelsfbxadvisoryfinal03-07-18.pdf

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 2 - 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