Fire Situation Report – March 18, 2018

 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/17/18 thru 0800 03/18/18 

NE Area – 12 Fires Burned 533.9 Acres (Cause: 11-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Control Burn)

EC Area – 11 Fires Burned 1245.1 Acres (Cause: 9-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Debris, 1-Esc. Control Burn)

SE Area – 4 Fires Burned 102.5 Acres (4-Incendiary)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Doe Run (Pittsburg County) – 250 Acres / 40% Contained
  • Rocky Ridge (Latimer County) – 300 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Red Pasture (Latimer County) – 566 Acres / 50% Contained
  • Al Petty Complex (Delaware County) – 280 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Joint Fire (Cherokee County) – 210 Acres / 65% Contained
  • Pipeline Road Fire (Pushmataha County) – 900 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Burris Valley Fire (Atoka County) – 1125 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Sandyland Fire (Pushmataha County) 175 Acres / 60% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Texaco Road (Stephens County) 758.7 Acres / 58% Contained
  • Sumac (Pottawatomie County) 47.2 Acres / 49% Contained
  • Rocky Hill Road (Carter County) 180 Acres / 61% Contained
  • Merritt (Beckham County) 1,466.2 Acres 70% Contained
  • Cleora (Delaware County) – 400 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Beggs (Okmulgee County) – 200 Acres / 83% Contained
  • Maple Fire (Canadian County) -1,676.2 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Graveyard Fire (Washington County) – 793.1 Acres / 100% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 03/15/18 thru 03/16/18 

  • No New Fire Activity Reported

  • Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

    Statewide Discussion:

    A weak frontal boundary passed through the state yesterday evening and last night bringing some moisture to portions of the state, but not significant enough to alter the problematic fuel conditions. Moisture will continue to stream into the state from the southwest keeping fire weather conditions moderated except for the western Oklahoma Panhandle and extreme southwestern portion of the state. Winds over most of the state will be from the east/southeast 5 – 10 mph. Winds in the western panhandle and extreme southwest counties will be from the west/southwest 15 – 20 mph with gusts near 40 mph this afternoon. Cooler and more moist air will usher in later this evening and through the nighttime hours. While fire behavior conditions have moderated over most of the eastern two-thirds of the state, the panhandle and western counties may still see active fire behavior on any new starts. Fuel conditions in the western one-third of the state are still near critical and may pose control difficulty to firefighting resources. Aviation resources may be limited due to the stronger wind gusts so have an alternate plan!

    Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 1:00 p.m. today until 6:00 a.m. Monday. Keep in mind that the Red Flag conditions are predicted to continue through the nighttime hours. Strong west/southwest winds coupled with relative humidity values in the mid-teens will contribute to rapid rates of spread (2 – 5 mph) in grass dominated fuels. If junipers trees are present in the fuel mixture expect up to one-quarter mile spotting. Ongoing fires and/or fires that start late in the burning period will continue to burn aggressively throughout the nighttime hours due to sustained winds and very poor relative humidity recovery.

    Northern / Western Oklahoma: There are no watches or warnings in effect. Expect mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the mid-60° range and relative humidity values in the mid-40% range. As moisture starts to work its way northward expect relative humidity value to recover to around 80%. Winds during the day will be southeast 10-15 mph but will become gusty after dark. Chance of thunderstorms will increase throughout the day to about 40%. Fire behavior will be moderated over most of the area, but the western portion of the state will still have the possibility of problematic fire behavior.

    Central / Eastern Oklahoma: A low pressure system and cold front pushing in from the west/southwest will bring with it a 60% chance of thunderstorms, cooler temperatures and higher relative humidity values. Temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 60° range, relative humidity values will likely remain above 60% and the winds will be east/southeast at 5-10 mph. There is a slight risk of severe weather mainly across southeast Oklahoma during the day and northeast Oklahoma Sunday night. Fire behavior conditions should be moderated Sunday.

    Special Note to Firefighters: Oklahoma Forestry Services will be increasing its operational capacity prepositioning multiple task forces in the coming days with locations determined by the highest fire danger. County wildland Task Force resources should be prepared for mobilization.

    Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

    1– OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

    2 – OFS Suppression Groups

    2 – Air Attack Platform 2 – Type 1 Air Tanker and Aerial Supervision Module

    4 - Single Engine Air Tankers 2 - Type 1 Helicopter

    Burn Ban Status:

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