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Latest Fire Situation Report Shows Burn Ban in Texas County

Wed, 10 Mar 2021 09:23:49 CST

Latest Fire Situation Report Shows Burn Ban in Texas County Fire Situation Report March 10, 2021 Shows the only Burn ban in the State is still in Texas County.

Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

PROTECTION AREA STATISTICS for March 9, 2021

NE Area 9 Fires Burned 2,234 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Debris, 7-Incendiary)
EC Area 1 Fire Burned 680 Acres (Cause: 1-Incendiary)
SE Area 5 Fires Burned 353 Acres (Cause: 1-Escaped Prescribed Fire, 4-Incendiary)
Large / Significant Fire Activity within the OFS Protection Area:
Horseshoe Fire (Cherokee County) 105 Acres, 85% Contained
Caney Creek Fire (Adair County) 952 Acres, 88% Contained
High Grounds Fire (Cherokee County) 1,112 Acres, 85% Contained
Farmers Road Fire (Atoka County) 208 Acres, 75% Contained
Five-Mile Road Fire (Atoka County) 400 Acres, 90% Contained
Half Bank Road Fire (Atoka County) 160 Acres, 90% Contained
Indian Trail Fire (Pittsburg County) 680 Acres, 75% Contained
Watts Ranch Fire (Latimer County) 1,500 Acres, 70% Contained
Martin Fire (Latimer County) 101 Acres, 70% Contained
Junction Fire (LeFlore County) 187 Acres, 80% Contained
Reagan Fire (LeFlore County) 145 Acres, 80% Contained
Wheeler #4 Fire (Latimer County) 146 Acres, 80% Contained
Brush Creek Fire (Delaware County) 2,885 Acres, 95% Contained
Gravel Pit Fire (Atoka County) 170 Acres, 85% Contained
Cemetery Fire (Cherokee County) 110 Acres, 70% Contained
Little Creek Fire (Delaware County) 598 acres, 70% Contained
Highway 2 Fire (Pushmataha County) 2 Acres, 2 Structures, 1 Civilian Injury, 100% Contained
Pine Mt. Fire (Sequoyah County) 340 Acres, 75% Contained
Eucha State Park (Delaware County) 160 Acres, 95% Contained
Mining Camp Fire (Cherokee County) 170 Acres, 95% Contained
Twin Ponds #1 (Delaware County) 220 Acres, 90% Contained
Twin Ponds #2 (Delaware County) 160 Acres, 90% Contained
Able Fire, Latimer County 225 Acres, 95% Contained

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area:

Honey Creek Fire (Okmulgee County) 1,551 95% Contained OFS Prescribed Fire Activity: No New Activity

FIRE DEPARTMENT STATISTICS from www.firereporting.ok.gov reported March 9, 2021

Moderate Initial Attack Activity Observed
4 Fires Burned 251 Acres - Additional Activity Noted through media and informal reporting outlets
960 Fire (Lincoln County) 80 Acres, 3 Structures Lost, 50% Contained

Statewide Discussion: A dryline will intrude into western Oklahoma today ratcheting up critical fire weather over extremely receptive fuels meriting a Red Flag Warning. As was indicated in previous situation reports, fire danger will gradually diminish in eastern Oklahoma where both initial attack and extended attack fire activity has been heavy; however a wind advisory is in effect and fuels that have been exposed to significant drying will again support potential for problematic fire behavior on any new fire that becomes established. Rain chances do enter the equation this evening in north-central Oklahoma into northeastern Oklahoma with more widespread opportunities Friday/Saturday. Today: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for western Oklahoma west of the dryline along and west of a line from Grant County to Jackson County. Careful monitor of the dryline location is warranted as there will be a sharp gradient between very concerning fire danger indices and more seasonal conditions.

Fires will become established quickly exhibiting potential for rapid rates of fire spread as well as problematic fire behavior including singe/group tree torching and short-range spotting. On the east side of the dryline, winds will remain elevated diminishing a bit this afternoon testing fuels that have been subjected to significant drying in previous days; however persistent sky cover and relative humidity values will serve to hold back the receptiveness of dormant fine fuels.

Warned Area: A Red Flag Warning is in effect for counties along and west of a line from Grant County to Jackson County from 10:00 Am through 8:00 PM in the Panhandle Counties, and11:00 AM through 9:00PM across western Oklahoma. As the dryline flexes east strong southwest winds, above normal temperatures and very dry conditions will present conditions where any new ignitions will transition into a fully established wildfire exhibiting potential for extreme fire behavior. Initial attack actions will prove to be very challenging with large fire activity expected along with potential for significant fire occurrence present. Fine-dead fuel moisture values at 2-4% will be observed this afternoon with temperatures ranging from 70 in the western Panhandle to 84 west-central with afternoon relative humidity values 7- 15% under clearing skies. Given the dryness and wind speeds, dust may be blown in serving to somewhat suppress finedead fuel receptiveness. The strongest winds will develop in far northwestern Oklahoma and Panhandle counties. Across the area southwest to west-southwest winds sustained 21-30 mph gusting 30-40 mph. Rangeland fuels will exhibit veryrapid to extreme rates of fire spread 292-375 ft./min. (+/- 3.6 mph) with head fire flame lengths 15-22 ft. Problematic fire behavior including single/group tree torching and short range spotting should be expected. The dryline will retreat after sunset with winds diminishing gradually and moderate overnight moisture recovery expectations.

Eastern / Central Oklahoma: Notable fire activity in the previous four days is expected to relax a bit on the east side of the dryline where afternoon fine-dead fuel moisture values will struggle to dip below 7% under partly-cloudy to mostlycloudy skies.

Temperatures will be in the 70s with relative humidity values around 35% along I-35 to above 45% further east. Winds, however, will remain elevated through much of the day presenting a limited threat for aggressive fire behavior today. Fine fuels have been subjected to significant drying, and any fire that becomes established will exhibit potential for rapid rates of spread in grass-dominated fuels. Near Term: Fire danger begins to diminish Thursday with increasing rain chances east and much lighter winds west. More widespread precipitation chances develop Thursday evening, Friday and Saturday.

Available Resources: OFS Task Force in Woodward OFS Task Force Guymon (travel status this morning) Additional OFS resources available from Protection as they become available from ongoing incidents Special Note to Firefighters: Critical fire weather is the wildcard in the fire environment. Take a few moments to review the critical fire weather elements and the influence they have on fire behavior in the Oklahoma Wildland Tailgate safety briefing at: https://forestry.ok.gov/sites/g/files/gmc801/f/publications/2020/oklahoma_wildland_newsletter_july_2016_final2.pdf


   

 

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