Fire Situation Report – March 25, 2018


 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/24/18 thru 0800 03/25/18  

NE Area – No Fire Reports Available 

EC Area – 6-Fires 2,026 Acres (Cause:5-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Control Burn)

SE Area – 12-Fires 486 Acres (Cause: 10-Incendiary, 1 Escaped Control Burn, 1 Debris)

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

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Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area:

  • 43 Fire (Coal County) 1138 Acres/ 40% Contained
  • Rowland Creek (Creek County) 410 Acres / 48% Contained
  • Midway (Beaver County) 938 Acres / 80% Contained
  • Convict Hill (Carter County) 1,300 Acres / 86% Contained
  • Landers Well (Okfuskee County) 687 Acres / 90% Contained
  • Road Runner (Seminole County) 162 Acres / 100% Contained
  • Hard Rock Hill (Okmulgee County) 213 Acres / 100% Contained
  • S & W Road (Stephens County) 128 Acres /100% Contained 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/24/18 thru 03/25/18 

  • No New Fire Activity Reported

Numerous additional fires and Rx Fires noted through media outlets.

Statewide Discussion: 

  • A Red Flag Warning is in effect Sunday for the western two-thirds of the Oklahoma Panhandle.

  • A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Beaver County

    A weather pattern change will allow much of the southeast half or more of Oklahoma to have several good chances for rain through the next week. Warm and moist air moving north over the stalled front in northern Texas will cause showers to form over southern and central Oklahoma early Sunday morning. Isolated thunder is possible. During Sunday, the upper pattern changes such that Oklahoma is open to several waves from the southwest originating from a large scale trough over the southwestern U.S.

Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle: 
  • A Red Flag Warning is in effect Sunday from 1200-2100 for the western two-thirds of the Oklahoma Panhandle. A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for Beaver County.

  • Winds SW@18 Gusting to 25, RH down to 9%, clear skies in the afternoon
  • Winds remain strong until sunset then slowly decreasing.  RH remains low after sunset.
  • ERC is over the 90th percentile and heavy fuels are very dry 
  • Expect new starts to be wind driven and exhibit high rates of spread in grass fuels. 
  • Rates of spread in grass fuels can be 3-5 mph and can grow to over 2000 acres within an hour
  • Fires can still burn actively during the nighttime hours.
     
Your safety zone needs at least 45’ of separation from a flaming front with 10’ flames
 
Elevated to critical fire weather conditions are likely to return on Monday across the Oklahoma Panhandle due to southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts along with forecast minimum relative humidity values of 5 to 15 percent. No elevated or critical fire weather conditions are expected Tuesday through Thursday.  Elevated fire weather conditions may develop on Friday across western parts of the Panhandle as dry southwest winds return. 

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 65-70° with winds SE@10-15 gusting to 20mph

  • Relative humidity will stay above 40% and there will be significant cloud cover

  • Highly unstable conditions and increased chances of severe thunderstorms through the day

Any initiating fires will be impacted by rapidly changing conditions as storms approach

Central / Eastern Oklahoma:

  • There are NO Red Flag Warning or Fire Weather Watches in effect for today

  • Limited fire threat in the late morning due to strong winds SE@20

  • Check containment lines from yesterday’s fires and burns. Especially in timber fuels.

  • Increasing moisture chances later in the day

  • 2-3” of rainfall expected through Friday.

    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