Fire Situation Report – March 16, 2017

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/15/17 thru 03/16/17 

 NE Area – 2 fires burned 35 acres (Cause: 1 Debris Burning 5 acres, 1 Incendiary 30 acres)

EC Area – 2 fires burned 192 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn 22 acres, 1-Debris Burning 170 acres)

SE Area – 5 fire burned 105 acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Prescribed Burn 90 acres, 4-Incendiary 15 acres)

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

 North Farris Road Fire (Atoka County) – 338 acres, fire .2-miles NE of Farris, 80% containment, increased acreage due to more accurate mapping.

 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 Activity with OFS Response outside 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 83% 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, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana and Tennessee 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. The fire area may experience “Elevated” fire danger levels on Thursday and Friday. Fire danger levels are predicted to become “Near Critical” on Sunday. Resources will continue working existing control lines and mopping-up hot spots to strengthen the fires’ perimeter. Utility companies have started to replace power poles and lines damaged by the fire. 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.

Bull Run Fire (Carter County) – 25 acres no estimate of containment or information on local resources involved. Oklahoma Forestry Services dispatched a Chinook helicopter to assist.

Statewide Discussion:

Panhandle: Expect winds to be south/southwest early switching to west/northwest. RH values will fall to the single digits in extreme western portions. Expect winds to increase on Friday and create “Elevated” fire weather conditions.

Western/West Central: Strengthening southerly winds in the afternoon are expected to result in “Elevated” fire weather conditions. An influx of low-level moisture should help mitigate the winds somewhat, but RH values could still fall to the mid-teens. Friday will see slightly higher RH values and slightly lower winds, but fire weather conditions will remain “Elevated”.

Eastern: Winds predicted to gust to 30-mph will lead to increased fire danger. Increasing low-level moisture should keep RH values elevated. Showers and thunderstorm chances increase on Friday with the passage of a frontal boundary.

 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. Expect good nighttime humidity recoveries.

 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