Fire Situation Report – March 21, 2018


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/20/18 thru 0800 03/21/18  

NE Area – No Fire Reported

EC Area – 2 Fire Burned 13 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 33.2 Acres (2-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1-Lightning)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Peterson Creek (Pushmataha County – 890 Acres / 75% Contained 

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Henry (Okfuskee County) 950 Acres / 41% Contained
  • Jollyville (Murray County) 185 Acres 47% Contained
  • Sumac (Pottawatomie County) 47.2 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. While fire weather conditions today are moderate, they are predicted to elevate back to more critical levels on Friday. Temperatures will begin a steady climb through Friday reaching near 90° and relative humidity values will fall to between 10-15% in the western one-third of the state behind a dryline. Winds will show a steady increase through Friday reaching sustained speeds of 20-25 mph on Friday. The temperature departure from normal, the presence of a dryline, the increasing winds and the low relative humidity will be problematic to any new fire starts Friday. Fire behavior will be elevated to extreme particularly in those areas west of the dryline (western Oklahoma Panhandle and western counties).

    Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: Expect skies to become partly cloudy with temperatures in the low to mid-70° range, relative humidity will drop to between 15-20% and winds will be from the south/southeast. Winds could potentially gust to 15-20 mph in the morning but should become steadier in the afternoon 10-15 mph. Expect new starts to exhibit moderate to high rates of spread in grass fuels. Control efforts should be effective, but heavy fuels will be difficult to suppress.

    Northern / Western Oklahoma: Skies will be mostly clear with some clouds building in later in the day. Temperatures should be 65-70°, relative humidity 20-25%, winds from the south/southeast 10-15 mph. Actual weather observations yesterday were moderately elevated from the predicted values with relative humidity values dropping 5% below predicted. Fire activity from yesterday were indicative of the lower RH values. New starts exhibited moderate rates of spread but did respond well to control efforts. Expect each successive day to elevate fire behavior and cause fires to be more difficult to contain. Frontal assault should not be attempted on fire in grass fuels!

    Central / Eastern Oklahoma: Skies should be mostly clear with temperatures in the 65-70° range, relative humidity 25-35% with winds initially light and variable, turning northwesterly 5-10 mph. Expect fire behavior to be moderate. Control efforts should be successful helping to keep fires small.

    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