Fire Situation Report – March 5, 2017


Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry - Forestry Services

 

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS* for Reporting Period 0800 thru 0800, 03/03/17 thru 03/05/17  

NE Area – Complete Initial Attack Statistics Not Available At Time Of Report

EC Area – New and Ongoing Large Fire Activity Noted Below

SE Area –  

Large Fire Activity within the Protection Area: 

  • Atoka WMA Fire (Atoka County) – 2,147 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Hilltop Fire (Muskogee County) – 1,400 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Doublehead (Adair County) – 325 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Sequoyah Fire (Sequoyah County) – 170 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Coal Mine Fire (Pittsburg County) – 120 Acres, 80% Contained
  • Tag Hollow (Delaware County) – 300 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Box Fire (Sequoyah County – 115 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Bryant Hollow Fire (Cherokee County) – 180 Acres 100% Contained
  • Old Baldy Fire (Pittsburg County) – 580 Acres, 80% Contained

 Fire Activity with OFS Response outside the Protection Area: 

  • Heyburn Lake Fire (Creek County) – 511 Acres, 50% Contained
  • Mary Lane Fire (Cleveland County) – 140 Acres/1 Structure, 90% Contained
  • Latimar Fire (Alfalfa County) – 2,413 Acres, 90% Contained

 OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New 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.

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS** from www.firereporting.ok.gov recorded on 03/04/17 thru 03/05/17

  • 6 Fires Burned 545.5 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary) Tecumseh ,Pernell, Jennings FD’s Reporting

  • Tussy Fire (Garvin County) – 500 Acres, 80% Contained

  • Heavy Initial Attack Activity noted through media outlets.

    Statewide Discussion: Red Flag Warning in effect today from 11:00 AM through 8:00 PM for Cimarron and Texas Counties. Relative humidity values this afternoon are expected to drop into the 13-15% range across the Warned area along with temperatures 80°-85° and southwest winds 18-25 mph gusting this afternoon 25-40 mph. Fine-dead fuel moisture will be 4% with a Probability of Ignition around 80% with partial sky cover. Rates of spread in fuels typical of the area should be expected to be extreme.

    Relative humidity values are expected to noticeably higher along with ample skycover across much of Oklahoma today with some mist in eastern Oklahoma reducing the large volume of initial attack activity across that region of the state. Fire activity in western Oklahoma will also be limited by improved relative humidity; however continuing initial attack is expected given the accelerated drying of the past several days. In northwestern and western tier counties expect highs ranging from the upper 70°’s in northwestern Oklahoma to near 70° in the southwestern counties. Relative humidity values will be largely dependent upon how far a weak dryline pushes west, but are expected to broadly range from 25-40%. South winds are expected to be around 20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. Fuels remain very dry and rapid rates of fire spread should be anticipated.

    Monday will pose challenging fire danger with Red Flag Warning in effect for the Panhandle, northwestern and western tier of counties. Single digit relative humidity values in the Panhandle and northwestern counties along with temperatures in the 80°’s and southwest winds sustained 25-30 mph with gusts near 40 mph will promote extreme rates of fire spread and problematic fire behavior on fires that become established.

    A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for much of the remainder of western Oklahoma. The current forecast of temperatures in the 80°’s with 20-25% relative humidity and southwest winds 20-25 mph including higher gusts will facilitate very active fire behavior given the protracted drying that has occurred over the last week.

    Resources: To request assistance, call the Resource Hotline (800) 800-2481

  • OFS Engine/Dozer Task Forces prepositioned in Northwestern and Western Oklahoma.

  • National Guard Helicopters available.

    County Burn Bans are Active: 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).

Prepared by: Drew Daily, Fire Staff Forester, Oklahoma Forestry Services - ODAFF