Fire Situation Report – March 28, 2017

 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/27/17 thru 03/28/17 

NE Area – No fires reported. 

EC Area – No fires reported. 

SE Area – No fires reported. 

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

No new fires to report 

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: 

Chupco Fire (Hughes) –Estimated at 3756 acres, cause under investigation, 75% contained. 

Riverside Fire (Seminole)- Estimated at 95 acres, cause under investigation, 90% contained. 

Jackson Ranch (Creek)-Estimated at 8500 acres, cause under investigation, 90% contained. 

Hargrove Fire (Creek)-Estimated at 3475 acres, cause under investigation, 90% contained. 

Sherwood Forest (Seminole)-Estimated at 2100 acres, cause under investigation, 90% contained. 

Statewide Discussion: 

Yesterday: Minimal fire activity yesterday. Higher RH and low winds kept activity low. However, the clouds broke in the afternoon and allowed continued drying of fuels. 

Today: Fire potential exists in front of the approaching storms. Erratic winds, dry fuels and high lightning activity can combine for new ignitions even though relative humidity is high. Rates of spread in grass should not exceed 100ch/hr or about 100’ per minute on a slight slope. 

Outlook: Widespread rain is expected to develop over most of the area tonight through Thursday. Severe storm potential will develop Tuesday afternoon for most of the state. Rainfall amounts will range from .5" starting in the west and increase up to 1.5" in the east. There is the potential for some areas to receive between 2-3". Another low will likely bring moisture over the weekend. 

Fuels Outlook: The Nation Interagency Fire Center has issued a Fuels and Fire Behavior Advisory for the Central and Southern Great Plains. High fuel loading and drought has combined to create dangerous fire behavior conditions. Extreme fire behavior has been observed under moderate fire weather conditions and fires have shown resistance to control during critical fire weather events. Though extreme fire behavior has been observed during moderate weather conditions, the expected change to a wetter atmospheric pattern and the anticipated encroachment of green-up has the potential to diminish this condition rapidly. 

https://www.predictiveservices.nifc.gov/fuels_fire-danger/fuels_advisories.htm 

Safety Message: 

Fire Fighting Order #1 – Keep informed of fire weather conditions and forecasts 

Conditions will be changing rapidly throughout the operational period. Be sure to stay updated. 

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 

 Air Attack located at Guthrie, Bartlesville, Ardmore 

 Single Engine Airtankers (SEAT’s) located at Woodward and Bartlesville 

 Super Scooper Airtankers (CL-415) located at Burns Flat 

 Heavy Air Tanker (BAE-146) located at Ardmore 

 Heavy Lift Helicopters located at Stillwater, Guthrie and Ardmore 

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: John Cook, Fire Behavior Analyst Detailed to Oklahoma Forestry Services