Fire Situation Report – March 9, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/08/17 thru 03/09/17 

NE Area – 3 fires burned 320 acres (Causes: 2-Incendiary; 1-Escaped Controlled Burn)

EC Area – 7 fires burned 780 acres (Causes: 5-Incendiary; 2-Escaped Controlled Burn)

SE Area – 1 fire burned 940 acres (Cause: Escaped Debris Burn)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

 Conway Ranch (Latimer County) – 497 acres

 Staples Road (Atoka County) – 900 acres 

 Jay Bar Ranch (Delaware County) – 200 acres

 Taylor (Adair County) – 100 acres

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: Numerous OFS resources remain committed to the Northwest Oklahoma Complex wildfires. Resources include Overhead, Type 6 Engines, Bulldozers, Fixed-wing 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.

Large Fire Activity outside of the Protection Area: 

Northwest Oklahoma Complex – Oklahoma Forestry Services Type 3 IMT is in Unified Command with Woodward, Buffalo, Laverne, Slapout and Mooreland. The Southern Region Red Team (Type 1 IMT with Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander) was in-briefed yesterday. Transfer of command will occur tomorrow at 0700. Numerous OFS overhead, heavy equipment, Type 6 Engines, and aircraft are assigned to the complex to assist local fire departments with the control efforts. Other state forestry resources from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky have arrived and are committed to the firefighting effort. An Incident Command Post is established at the Woodward County Fairgrounds to facilitate resource assignments and ordering. Today’s operations on all three fires include: continue constructing control lines where needed, securing established control lines, mop-up and patrol. Aerial mapping is scheduled for this morning and will provide updated acreages for each incident.

Starbuck (Beaver and Harper County) - 715,484 acres total in Oklahoma and Kansas, 10% containment. Near the Oklahoma communities of Buffalo, Knowles, Gate, Rosston, and Laverne. Numerous residences, secondary structures, livestock and other infrastructure lost. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous communities remain threatened. Limited fire growth occurred yesterday.

Selman (Harper and Woodward County) – 47,289 acres, 10% containment located approximately 10 miles north of Woodward. No estimate on residences or secondary structures lost. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous residences remain threatened. No fire growth occurred yesterday.

283 Fire (Harper County) – 71,168 acres, 10% containment Near the communities of Rosston, Laverne, and May. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous communities remain threatened. Limited fire growth occurred yesterday.

Statewide Discussion: The highest fire danger today will be experienced roughly west of a Woods County to Jackson County line. Relative humidity is expected to fall into the upper teens to low 20% range. Shifting winds from 10 to 15 mph with higher gusts are forecast for this area. Temperatures this afternoon are expected to reach into the 80 degree range.

The remainder of Oklahoma will have High to Very High fire danger. Higher relative humidity east of the Woods County to Jackson County line will be offset by very dry wildland fuels, 15-20+ mph southerly winds and warm temperatures.

Expect any fire that starts today to burn very intensely with moderate to rapid rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be experienced where terrain and winds align. Resistance to control will be experienced due to critically dry wildland fuels.

Numerous County Burn Bans are in effect.  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