Fire Situation Report – April 24, 2018

 Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 04/23/18 thru 0800 04/24/18 

NE Area – 

EC Area – No New Activity Reported

SE Area – 

Large / Significant Fire Activity within the Protection Area: No New Activity 

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 

  • 34 Complex (Woodward County) – 62,481 Acres (Est), 98% Contained
  • Rhea Fire (Dewey County) – 286,742 Acres (Est), 87% Contained

**Acreage changes are the result of more precise mapping** 

OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New activity 

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from recorded on 04/23/18 thru 04/24/18 

  • No New Activity Reported

Statewide Discussion: 

Respectable rain chances across Oklahoma this evening into Wednesday are the headline today. The system is forecast to deliver as much as 1” of rain to some of the area’s most in need with amounts near 0.5” statewide possible.  Some light rain may develop this morning in parts of the Oklahoma Panhandle and northwest Oklahoma; however measureable amounts are not expected until later this evening as a cold front enters the area pushing moisture in with it.
Sky cover will increase through the day and into the early evening in northwest counties along with cooling temperatures following highs into the mid-70°’s.  Relative humidity values in western Oklahoma will generally remain above 40% in the pre-frontal environment; however locations east of I-35 will see values nearer to 35%.  Winds will again be rather light today with light and variable expected during the AM with northerly winds less than 10 mph ahead of the front.
All in all, fire environment conditions will provide good opportunities to greatly improve containment on the Rhea and 34 Complex fires, and initial attack activity is expected to be successful.
Fuels in western Oklahoma are beginning to rebound to some extent; however herbaceous fuels have been slow to respond due to drought severity.  Fortunately, no significant weather systems inducing concerning fire danger are showing in the near-term, and additional rainfall holds promise of green up in the parched regions of the state.

Resources: Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

– OFS Suppression Groups (Woodward/Weatherford) - OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform

2 – Air Attack Platform 2 - Type 1 Helicopters

4 – SEATs 

Burn Ban Status:

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