Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/28/16 thru 03/29/16
NE Area – 2 Fires Burned 60 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary,
1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)
EC Area – No Activity
SE Area – 5 Fires Burned 132 Acres (Cause: 3-Incendiary,
1-Debris, 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire)
Large Fire Activity
within the Protection Area: No
Fire Activity with
OFS Response outside the Protection Area:
- Anderson Creek (Woods County and
State of Kansas) – Les Rogers’ Type
II Incident Management Team
is in Unified Command with Freedom Fire
Department and Woods County. Crews will continue to patrol control lines
reinforcing areas that may be of concern given the fire weather forecast for
tomorrow. At this time, transfer of
command back to the local jurisdiction is scheduled for tomorrow Wednesday,
March 30, 2016. Updated acreage has been improved by combination of satellite
mapping, aerial boundary flight with Collector and ground-truthing. Area burned 367,620 acres (95% Contained) in
Woods County (OK), Comanche County (KS), and Barber County (KS) with updated
mapping of the fire expected today and refined containment data as well. The decrease in acreage is the result of more
- 1 additional fire burned 2 acres
OFS Prescribed Fire Activity:
* Protection Area Statistics do not reflect
local fire department’s fire run information.
Statistics are for the ODAFF-Forestry Services’ fifteen county Fire
Protection Area in eastern Oklahoma unless otherwise noted in the Discussion
section of this report.
STATISTICS** from www.firereporting.ok.gov
recorded on 03/28/16 thru 03/29/16
Fire Burned 20 Acres (w/structure loss) – Weatherford
statistics are from Fire Departments that have recorded their information on
the Oklahoma, Forestry Services web-based Fire Reporting System. Totals do not reflect the total acres burned
or total number of fires that have occurred in Oklahoma.
Statewide Discussion: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for Cimarron
and Texas Counties in the Panhandle today from 1:00 PM through 8:00 PM. Within the warned area temperatures around 76°, predominantly clear skies and relative
humidity values 10-15% will result in very dry, flashy fine fuels that will
support rapid rates of fire spread given the strong south winds sustained at
24-26 mph gusting 37-40 mph this afternoon.
Expect any fire that initiates to exhibit quick growth and potential for
extreme fire behavior.
A dryline will push into the central Panhandle today with
critical fire weather on the backside; however moist air is expected over much
of the state today. Despite relative
humidity values remaining above critical levels and forecast to be generally
above 40%, fire danger will hold in place especially where freeze events have
stalled green-up and ample dormant fuels are in place. Across much of northern and western Oklahoma
expect temperatures to range from 57° in the southwest to 73° in the north-central counties. South winds 15-20 mph accompanied by some
gusts this afternoon around 25 mph will support erratic fire behavior and rates
of spread that may prove problematic.
A Fire Weather Watch
has been issued for tomorrow, Thursday, March 30 across a large section of
western Oklahoma including the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Alfalfa,
Major, Dewey, Custer, Washita, Kiowa, Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Roger
Mills, Beckham, Harmon and Greer. Critical fire weather is expected from
approximately 1:00 PM through 9:00 PM with temperatures around 80°, relative humidity 10-20% and southwest
winds 20-30 mph potentially gusting to 45 mph.
Expect any fire to exhibit extreme fire behavior within the watch area
and prepare for an upgrade to Red Flag Warning.
The fire danger tomorrow will be complicated by a dryline that will
penetrate the state from west to east with potential for strong storms to also
develop. A cold front is expected late
Wednesday with drier air on the backside and potential for a dry cold front
OFS will have Task Force Resources available
from the Anderson Creek Fire and from the Protection Area today with
prepositioned resources tomorrow.
Fixed-Wing Tanker, Air-Attack, Lead Planeand
National Guard Rotor-Wing aircraft available.
Wildland Task Force resources.
Call the Incident Resource Hotline at (800) 800-2481 to
Note to Firefigthters:
County Wildland Task Force Resources should be prepared for mobilization
– keeping in mind that there is a potential for severe weather in eastern
and Texas Counties have issued a county burn ban. For the most current information on Burn Bans
click on the following link: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information
Remember… ONLY YOU can prevent wildfires! Enjoy Oklahoma’s wildlands responsibly.
Report any suspicious wildland fire activity on the
Arson Tip Line:
1-866-662-7766 (1-866-NO ARSON).
by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma
Forestry Services - ODAFF
Posted on Tue, March 29, 2016
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