Fire Situation Report – March 26, 2018


 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/25/18 thru 0800 03/26/18 

NE Area – No Fires 

EC Area – No Fires 

SE Area – 4 Fires, 55.5 acres (incendiary) 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area:

  • None to report 

Fire Activity with OFS Response Outside of the Protection Area: 

  • Rowland Creek (Creek County) 410 Acres / 75% Contained
  • 43 Fire (Coal County) 1138 Acres / 79% Contained 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No new activity.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/25/18 thru 03/26/18 

  • No New Fire Activity Reported

    Statewide Discussion: 

    A relatively cool and moist pattern is expected this week. Monday is the only day this week with elevated fire weather conditions over far western Oklahoma. Widespread rainfall is expected late Monday through Tuesday across much of the area with cool weather in its wake. Low to moderate rain chances will even continue into Wednesday and Thursday.

Northwest / Oklahoma Panhandle
  • Elevated Fire Weather conditions Monday for the western two-thirds of the Oklahoma Panhandle

  • Dryline will develop briefly across NW OK

  • Mostly cloudy with winds W@15 gusting to 25 then shifting to South by the end of the day.

  • Relative Humidity 10-15%. RH will not recover above 25% until near midnight allowing any late activity to burn into the night

  • Be aware of strong shifting winds throughout the burning period
 

Cold front works its way through all of the panhandle by Tuesday afternoon. Advancing frontal boundary

may produce light showers Tuesday and Tuesday night. Tuesday expected to be about 10 degrees below

normal, with highs returning to near-normal by Wednesday. Chances for light precipitation are kept in the forecast for

Wednesday through Thursday. By Thursday night, dry northwest flow should become established with dry weather forecast for Friday and Saturday. 

Northern / Western Oklahoma: MCLDY, 75o, Min RH 25-30%, winds S@12

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected to develop across central Oklahoma late this afternoon. Periods of showers/storms are expected Monday night through Tuesday night. Widespread 2-3" of rainfall are expected from near I-44 to the southeast. Localized flooding (including River Flooding) will be possible, especially where heavy thunderstorms occur. Showers and storms will slowly shift southeastward with heavy rainfall ending across southeast Oklahoma Tuesday night.

Central / Eastern Oklahoma: CLDY, 71o, Min RH 60%, winds SE@9

Showers and thunderstorms will continue periodically tonight, with another round of storms expected from Monday afternoon through Tuesday. Heavy rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches are likely along the Interstate 44 corridor from Monday night through Wednesday, which will relieve long term drought conditions. Cooler temperatures are expected by the end of the week.

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