Oklahoma Wildfire Situation Report 4/16/11 with County Map

Below is the latest report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services regarding the wildfires.

Statewide Discussion:  Numerous large wildfires occurred in western Oklahoma late yesterday afternoon and evening.

Extreme winds and low relative humidity readings allowed most fires to spread rapidly and resist control.  The majority of the fires reported yesterday were centered in and around Comanche County.  Below is a brief summary of some of the notable incidents.

Indiahoma Wye (Comanche County) – This fire is being managed by Mike Dueitt’s Type 2 Incident Management Team from the Southern Region. Type 1 Hand Crews continued constructing control lines in steep, rocky terrain to limit the fire’s spread.  The fire is listed as 25% contained and has burned an estimated 2,900 acres seven miles northeast of Indiahoma.  Very little fire growth occurred yesterday despite the extreme wind event.

Deyo Mission Rd (Comanche County) – Multiple fire departments responded to this incident occurring in the Cache/Lawton area yesterday.  Approximately 3,500 acres burned according to a report from the Incident Commander.  Over 100 homes were evacuated that were in the path of the fire.  Information will be gathered today regarding structures lost and the fire’s cause.

Cement (Comanche County) – This fire burning near the town of Cement was reported to have been stopped at Interstate 44 yesterday evening at approximately 9:00 p.m.  Evacuations were in effect.  No report on the acres burned or structures lost has been received.

Fire Danger today will be highest west of a line from Tillman County to Woods County.  Very low relative humidity, south winds gusting to from 15-20 mph and temperatures in the mid-70s are expected in and near this area.  Very dry air will be in place over most of Oklahoma today which will be primary influence on fire behavior today.  Expect any fire that starts to burn very intensely and exhibit moderate rates of spread. 

 A Fire Weather Watch is in effect for the following counties for Sunday afternoon thru evening for the following counties:  Custer, Washita, Caddo, Harmon, Greer, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman, Comanche, Stephens, Cotton, and Jefferson.  Sustained south to southwest winds of 15-25 mph with higher gusts, relative humidity readings in the 15-20% range and temperatures in the 80s to 90s are forecast.  For more information about the Fire Weather Watch, consult the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office at http://www.srh.noaa.gov/oun/ .  Fires starting in and near this area will exhibit extreme fire behavior exhibit resistance to control.  A Red Flag Warnings may be issued later in the day or tomorrow morning as more information is received regarding actual conditions expected.

 SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC:  Do not attempt any outdoor burning today.  Outdoor burning will be difficult or impossible to control due to the extreme winds.  Be extremely careful with anything that could start a wildfire.    

Numerous County Burn Bans are in effect.   For more information on Burn Bans click on the following link:   http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information 

Here is an Oklahoma County Map to help you pinpoint counties with active fires. Click on the map to see the larger version if you need it. I am currently searching for a map showing specific fire locations.

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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