Fire Situation Report – March 24, 2018


 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/23/18 thru 0800 03/24/18  

NE Area – No Fire Reports Available 

EC Area – No Fire Reports Available

SE Area – No Fire Reports Available

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • Six Thousand (Pittsburg County) 4,220 Acres / 45% contained
  • Hairpin (Latimer County) 182 Acres / 75% Contained
  • P Tree (Pittsburg County) 700 Acres / 70% Contained
  • Mud Creek (Pittsburg County) 220 Acres / 50% Contained
  • Ran Mountain (Pittsburg County) 303 Acres / 65% Contained
  • Fobb Creek (Pushmataha County) 420 Acres / 60% Contained
  • Windy Lane (Atoka County) 175 Acres / 60% Contained 

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • Midway (Beaver County) 938 Acres / 59% Contained
  • Rowland Creek (Creek County) 410 Acres / 48% Contained
  • North Boggy Creek (Atoka County) 780 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Peterson Creek (Pushmataha County) 890 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Road Runner (Seminole County) 162 Acres / 80% Contained
  • Convict Hill (Carter County) 1,300 Acres / 61% Contained
  • Hard Rock Hill (Okmulgee County) 213 Acres / 79% Contained
  • Landers Well (Okfuskee County) 687 Acres / 69% Contained
  • S & W Road (Stephens County) 128 Acres /80% Contained
  • Henry (Okfuskee County) 1,133.7 Acres / 100% Contained 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/23/18 thru 03/24/18 

  • No New Fire Activity Reported

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

    Statewide Discussion:

    There are no Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches in effect for today. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect Sunday for the western one-third of the Oklahoma Panhandle. A weak cold front will pass through the state today stalling south of the Red River. This front will reappear as a warm front on Sunday and bring with it increased moisture. Rain chances will increase over the southeast two-thirds of the state Monday through Wednesday. Winds will be from the northwest behind today’s front 10-15 mph with gusts 15-20 mph. The winds will shift to south/southwest behind the front 5-10 mph. Relative humidity will be 20-30% in the Panhandle, 30-40% in the western two-thirds of the state and 50+% over the eastern one-third. Temperatures should be 70-75° over all but the extreme northeast portion of the state where it should remain in the upper 60’s. Skies should be mostly clear except in the extreme southeast portion of the state where partly cloudy skies will become mostly clear later in the day. Fires in grass fuels will still exhibit rapid rates of spread and fires that get established in heavy fuels will burn actively through the nighttime hours.

    Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: A Fire Weather Watch is in effect Sunday for the western one-third of the Oklahoma Panhandle. Elevated fire weather conditions are expected this afternoon and early evening and elevated to critical fire weather conditions are likely to return on Sunday. Skies will be mostly clear. Temperatures should be 70-75°, relative humidity 20-30% (theses values could drop to the upper teens), and winds will be from the north initially switching to southeasterly later in the day. Expect new starts to be wind driven and exhibit high rates of spread in grass fuels. Any new start should be sized-up and LCES (Lookouts, Communication, Escape Routes and Safety Zones) put in place before engaging in suppression action. Fires can still burn actively during the nighttime hours. Rates of spread in grass fuels can be 3-5 mph.

    Northern / Western Oklahoma: There are no Red Flag Warnings or Fire Weather Watches in effect for today. Skies will be mostly clear. Temperatures will be 70-75°, relative humidity will be 20-30% and winds will be from the north 10-15 mph with possible gusts to 20 mph. As moisture moves into the state chances of isolated thunderstorms will increase. New starts in grass fuels will exhibit moderate rates of spread but should not pose control issues. Heavy fuels are still critically dry and will continue to burn vigorously even after sunset.

    Central / Eastern Oklahoma: There are no fire weather watches or warning in effect. Skies should be partly cloudy but should clear later in the day. Temperatures will in the 70-75° range, relative humidity above 40-50% with winds from the north at 5-10 mph. Expect fire behavior to be moderate. Control efforts should be successful helping to keep fires small. There is a moisture plume working its way in to the eastern portion of the state with the possibility of isolated thunderstorms Sunday.

    Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

    1– OFS Task Forces OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

    2 – OFS Suppression Groups 2 - Type 1 Helicopter

    3 – 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