Fire Situation Report – March 22, 2018

 


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/21/18 thru 0800 03/22/18  

NE Area – 4 Fires Burned 128 Acres (3-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Control Burn)

EC Area – 5 Fire Burned 903 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary, 1-Debris, 1 Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 903 Acres (4-Incendiary, 1-Escaped Control Burn)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • North Boggy Creek (Atoka County) 780 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Rockpen (Pittsburg County) 858 Acres / 60% Contained 

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • S & W Road (Stephens County) 129 Acres / 40% Contained
  • Entz (Custer County) (Fire is currently under active suppression and being sized up)
  • Henry (Okfuskee County) 950 Acres / 66% Contained
  • Jollyville (Murray County) 185 Acres70% Contained

 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/21/18 thru 03/22/18 

  • 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. A Red Flag Warning has been issued for the western one-third of the Oklahoma Panhandle and a Fire Weather Watch has been issued for Western Oklahoma for Friday as a dry line pushes into the western portion of the state. While fire weather conditions today are moderate, fires that occurred on Wednesday exhibited moderate to high fire behavior and some of these fires remained active throughout the night. Temperatures across the state will be 75-80°, relative humidity values will 10-15% in the Panhandle and 25-35% across the remainder of the state and winds will be northwest switching to east 5-10 mph with gusts to 20 mph in the Panhandle and south 5-10 mph with gusts to 25 mph over the remainder of the state. Fuels continue drying and are very receptive. Expect fire behavior to be moderate to high and fires will be difficult to control particularly in heavy fuels. Holdover fires from today may require follow-up action on Friday.

    Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: Skies will be partly cloudy. Temperatures should be 75-80°, relative humidity 10-15%, and winds will be from the northwest initially switching to east later in the day. Expect new starts to be wind driven and exhibit moderate to high rates of spread in grass fuels. Control efforts should be effective, but heavy fuels will be difficult to suppress and may burn actively through the nighttime hours.

    Northern / Western Oklahoma: Skies will be partly cloudy except in the extreme southwest counties of the state where skies may clear to only partly cloudy. Temperatures should be 75-80°, relative humidity 30-35%, winds from the south 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 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 to high rates of spread but did respond well to control efforts. Fires that become seated in heavy fuels will require continued monitoring and may burn actively throughout the night.

    Central / Eastern Oklahoma: Skies should be mostly clear with some clouds moving into the extreme southeast later in the day. Temperatures will in the 70-75° range, relative humidity 25-35% with winds initially southeast turning south in the afternoon at 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