Fire Situation Report – March 7, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/06/17 thru 03/07/17

NE Area – 3 fires burned 33 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary)

EC Area – 4 fires burned 79 acres (Causes: 3-Incendiary; 1-Debris Burning)

SE Area – 0 fires

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: None

Large Fire Activity outside of the Protection Area:

80th Street (Payne County) – 587 acres, numerous structures threatened, 50% contained

Northwest Oklahoma Wildfire Outbreak

Starbuck (Beaver County) – Near the communities of Knowles and Gate; estimated 185,000 acres,

numerous residences and secondary structures lost, 0% containment. Numerous communities remain

threatened.

Selman (Harper County) – Near the Selman Community; no estimate on size, no estimate on residences

or secondary structures lost, 0% containment. Numerous communities remain threatened.

283 Fire (Woodward County) – Near Woodward; no estimate on size, no estimate on residences or

secondary structures lost, 0% containment. Numerous communities remain threatened.

Territory (Stephens County) – North of Empire, near the Territory Golf Course; approximately 1,200

acres

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: Numerous OFS resources committed to the Northwest

Oklahoma and 80th Street fires. Resources include Overhead, Type 6 Engines, Bulldozers, and Rotor-wing aircraft.

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No 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 03/06/17 thru 03/07/17

Numerous wildfires occurred in western Oklahoma yesterday. Information will be posted as it becomes

available.

*These statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned or

total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.

Statewide Discussion: Widespread fire occurrence was experienced near and west of Interstate 35. Estimates on acreage

burned are sketchy due to smoke obscuring the majority of NW Oklahoma. Flight operations (aerial suppression and mapping)

will resume as conditions allow. Current estimates show between 200,000 and 300,000 acres burned in Beaver, Harper, and

Woodward counties. Multiple federal, state, and local resources will remain committed to the incidents for the next several days.

Extreme fire danger will exist across northern Oklahoma today, roughly from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the Missouri-

Arkansas border. Lack of significant rainfall and very poor overnight humidity recovery in fine fuels will allow for early

fire starts this morning. In addition, fires from yesterday west of I-35 will have burned actively all night. These

overnight fires have the potential to escape control lines today if they were not actively mopped up and control lines

secured.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for a large part of northern Oklahoma. Click on the following links to see the Warned

Area (Norman NWS Forecast Office http://www.weather.gov/oun/ and the Tulsa NWS Forecast Office

http://www.weather.gov/tsa/Relative humidity is expected to fall into the single digits to low teens across this area, with west

to northwest winds sustained at 10-15 mph with gusts near and above 20 mph. Wildland fuels will remain extremely dry

west of Interstate 35 and in the Warned area. Expect any fire that starts today or tomorrow to burn very intensely with

rapid rates of spread.

SPECIAL NOTE TO FIREFIGHTERS: Any available County Wildland Task Forces should remain prepared for action.

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: Mark Goeller, Fire Management Chief, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF