Fire Situation Report – March 4, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/03/17 thru 03/04/17 

NE Area – 

EC Area – Statistics Not Available At Time Of Report

SE Area – 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Bryant Hollow Fire (Cherokee County) – 180 Acres 100% Contained
  • Old Baldy Fire (Pittsburg County) – 580 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Akins Fire (Sequoyah County) – 100 Acres, 100% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Mary Lane Fire (Cleveland County) – 140 Acres/1 Structure, 40% Contained
  • Latimer Fire (Alfalfa County) – 2,413 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Oak Snag Fire (Seminole County) – 195 Acres, 85% Contained
  • 3510 Fire (Seminole County) – 161 Acres/1 Residence/1 Outbuilding, 90% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New 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 DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/03/17 thru 03/04/17

  • 6 Fires Burned 545.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Tecumseh ,Pernell, Jennings FD’s Reporting

  • Tussy Fire (Garvin County) – 500 Acres, 80% Contained

  • Heavy Initial Attack Activity noted through media outlets.

    Statewide Discussion:  Widespread Red Flag Warning in effect for today covering an area that generally runs along, north and west of I-44 from Noon through 7:00 PM. Heavy initial attack and increasing probability of large fire occurrence is expected today. Very dry fuel moisture and continued warm and windy weather will promote aggressive fire behavior across most of Oklahoma today.

    Red Flag Warning Area - Marginal moisture recovery overnight will lend to an extended burning period today with fire danger swinging upward by mid-morning. Some moderation in relative humidity is expected today; however the cumulative drying and poor moisture recoveries that have been realized have resulted in very receptive fuels in grass and timber litter. Temperatures in the warned area will be in the upper-60°’s to mid-70°’s. Sky cover in some areas may limit relative humidity values from falling into critical levels; however south winds around 20 mph with gusts as high as 35 mph will deliver very rapid to extreme rates of fire spread today.

    Sunday will bring a brief downgrade in fire danger as atmospheric moisture pushes in; however the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma will see elevated to near-critical fire weather conditions develop continuing to promote high to very-high fire danger. Precipitation chances focused in southeastern Oklahoma will enter on Sunday. Initial amounts will be negligible, and presence of any lighting may result in new fire starts.

    Monday is shaping up to result in another round of critical fire weather in western Oklahoma and some areas of central Oklahoma while storms may impact eastern Oklahoma.

     

    Resources: To request assistance, call the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

  • OFS Engine/Dozer Task Forces prepositioned in Central Oklahoma.

  • National Guard Helicopters available.

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

    Remember…  ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires!  Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.  

Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the

Arson Tip Line: 1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF