Fire Situation Report – March 20, 2018


 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/19/18 thru 0800 03/20/18  

NE Area – No Fire Reported

EC Area – 1 Fire Burned 68 Acres (Cause: 1-Equipment)

SE Area – 2 Fires Burned 890.1 Acres (1-Incendiary, 1-Lightning)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Ridgetop Road Fire (Polk County) – 560 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Little Eagle Creek (Le Flore County) - 542 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Hidden Creek Road (McCurtain County) – 330 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Atoka Lake (Atoka County) – 300 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Peterson Creek (Pushmataha County – 890 Acres / 75% Contained
  • Ghost (Pittsburg County) – 175 Acres / 50% Contained
  • 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 / 100% Contained
  • Sumac (Pottawatomie County) 47.2 Acres / 84% Contained
  • Rocky Hill Road (Carter County) 180 Acres / 100% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov 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:

    No elevated for critical fire weather conditions are expected today across the state. Cooler temperatures and much lighter winds coupled with higher relative humidity values should limit fire activity. Any new starts should respond well to direct attack. Heavy fuels are still very dry and will be difficult to contain if fires become established. There will be a gradual warming trend throughout the week with near critical conditions on Friday.

    Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: Fire weather conditions have moderated with the passage of the frontal boundary yesterday. Skies should be mostly clear, winds will be from the west/northwest but are forecast to be less than 10-miles per hour. Temperatures should climb into the 60° range with relative humidity values falling into the upper-teens. Grass fuels will still burn readily but should exhibit minimal control issues. Fires that become established in heavy fuels will still pose significant control issues for firefighters.

    Northern / Western Oklahoma: Skies are expected to clear by mid-morning. Temperatures will be 60-65°, relative humidity values will drop to 20-25% with northwest winds less than 10 mph. Fires in grass fuels will burn with moderate rates of spread but should pose no control issues. Fires that get established in heavy fuels will still burn vigorously and will be difficult to contain.

    Central / Eastern Oklahoma: Skies will start the day with cloud cover but should become mostly sunny by mid-afternoon. Temperatures will climb to the 55-60° range, relative humidity will remain 35-40% with higher values along the eastern one-third of the state. Fuels associated with timber should have recovered slightly with the recent moisture and pose minimal threat to containment. Grass fuels will support combustion but should pose little control resistance.

    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 - Type 1 Helicopter

    2 – Air Attack Platform

    8 - Single Engine Air Tankers

    Burn Ban Status:

    For the most current information on Burn Bans click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-info