Fire Situation Report – March 3, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/02/17 thru 03/03/17 

NE Area – 11 Fires Burned 470.4 Acres (Cause: 8-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Escpaed Prescribed Burn)

EC Area – 6 Fires Burned 719 Acres (Cause: 4-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Control Burns)

SE Area – 6 Fires Burned 51.5 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 2-Escaped Debris, 1-Lightning)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Old Baldy Fire (Pittsburg County) – 580 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Akins Fire (Sequoyah County) – 100 Acres, 75% Contained

 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Oak Snag Fire (Seminole County) – 195 Acres, 55% Contained
  • 3510 Fire (Seminole County) – 161 Acres/1 Residence/1 Outbuilding, 40% Contained
  • Salt Fork Fire (Jackson County) – 1,211 acres (updated mapping), 100% Contained
  • Powerline Fire (Creek County) – 301 acres, 100% Contained

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: 

  • 1 Prescribed Fire Treating 104 Acres (Latimer County)

* 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 03/02/17 thru 03/03/17

  • 1 Fire Burned 50 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Pernell FD Reporting

  • Initial Attack Activity noted through media outlets.

    Statewide Discussion:  Red Flag Warning in effect for a large portion of western Oklahoma and Panhandle from 11:00 AM through 8:00 PM. Very low relative humidity values across Oklahoma over the past two days have primed many areas for increasing fie occurrence as winds return today. Fuels have become increasingly receptive with daytime drying. Increasing initial attack and intensification of fire behavior are anticipated today along with resistance to control. Initial attack should be successful in large part; however the probability of large fire occurrence is enhanced.

    Western Oklahoma/Panhandle – Fire weather across the Warned area today will include temperatures in the mid to upper-60°’s under clear skies and relative humidity values 12-17%. Fine-dead fuel moisture this afternoon will hit 4% on a broad scale with some areas as low as 3%. Southerly winds sustained 15-25 mph and gusts in excess of 30 mph and very low fuel moisture will result in strong probability of very rapid to extreme rates of fire spread.

    Central Oklahoma – Relative humidity values will be 18-26% this afternoon as temperature warms into the upper-60°’s. South winds 12-18 mph with gusts around 25 mph will promote a noticeable increase in rate of fire spread from days previous. Timber fuels have returned to full availability with a noticeable uptick in fire behavior and extended mop-up requirements.

    Eastern Oklahoma – Another warm and dry day with temperatures in the mid to upper 60°’s and relative humidity values 19-26%. Southerly winds this afternoon around 15 mph with potential for higher gusts will result in a noticeable increase in rates of fire spread from yesterday. Timber fuels will likely exhibit more intense fire behavior and increased resistance to control efforts.

    Slight improvement in fire danger is expected on Saturday with the current forecast indicating somewhat higher relative humidity values; however stiff southerly winds will remain a factor. Unimpressive chances of precipitation chances on Sunday in southeast Oklahoma will be present along with higher relative humidity east of a lackluster dryline that will hold fire elevated fire danger in place across the Panhandle and northwestern Oklahoma.

    Monday does signal potential for critical fire weather in western and central Oklahoma.

    Special Note to Public: Numerous prescribed fires and controlled burns were conducted across Oklahoma in the past two days with somewhat lighter winds in place. Continued dry conditions and increasing winds today will test control lines especially where timber and woodlands are present. Landowners and prescribed fire practitioners are encouraged to patrol control lines thoroughly today monitoring for breakovers or spot fires.

    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