Fire Situation Report – March 13, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/12/17 thru 03/13/17 

NE Area – 1 fire burned 25 acres (Causes: 1-Incendiary)

EC Area – 1 fires burned 6 acres (Causes: 1-Debris)

SE Area – 3 fire burned 7 acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No Large Fires currently active within the Protection Area.

 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. With the improved fire weather conditions, some resources will start to be cycled back to their home units.

 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 – This Complex is being managed under Unified Command with the Southern Region Red Team (Type 1 IMT with Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander) and Woodward, Buffalo, Laverne, Slapout, Moorland, Rosston and Beaver Fire Departments. The Complex is currently at 42% containment. 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 briefings, resource assignments and ordering. Fire behavior was minimal during the previous burning period. The fire area may experience “Elevated” fire weather today as strong winds push through the area. This should help detect hidden hot spots, but can also create flare-ups along the fireline. Resources will continue working existing control lines and moping-up hot spots to strengthen the fires’ perimeter. There were no changes in fire perimeters during the previous burning period.

Starbuck (Beaver and Harper County) – 662,687 acres total (464,308 acres in Kansas and 198,379 acres in Oklahoma). 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.

Selman (Harper and Woodward County) – 47,289 acres, located approximately 10 miles north of Woodward. No estimate on residences or secondary structures lost. Damage assessments are on-going.

283 Fire (Harper County) – 69,395 acres, located near the communities of Rosston, Laverne and May. Damage assessments are on-going.

Beaver Fire (Beaver County) – 2,962 acres, located between Beaver and Elmwood along highway 273. Damage assessments on-going.

Statewide Discussion: The highest fire danger today will be experienced in the Panhandle and portions of western and northern Oklahoma. Cooler temperatures, good nighttime humidity recovery and increased daytime relative humidity values should help moderate fire behavior over most of the area. However, predicted strong winds (gusts to 35+ mph) may rekindle hot spots and cause any new starts to exceed initial attack capabilities. These “Elevated” fire weather conditions should moderate after sunset and should remain low for the next several days. Rainfall across the state varied from .25 inches to a trace to no measurable precipitation.

The fuels in western and northwestern Oklahoma will remain receptive to new starts and with the predicted winds may exceed initial attack capabilities. Anchor control lines and attack the fire from the flanks. Do not attempt a frontal assault on a wind driven fire.

Expect any fire that starts today to burn with moderate to high intensities and rates of spread. Highest spread rates will be experienced where terrain and winds align. Good nighttime humidity recovery will shorten the burning period.

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

  • OFS Engine/Dozer Task Forces on stand-by
  • National Guard Helicopter available, but limited
  • County Wildland Task Force Resources should assess availability for mobilization

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: Stephen Creech, Fire Behavior Analyst Detailed to Oklahoma Forestry Services.