Oklahoma Division of Forestry
830 NE 12th Ave
, Washington, OK 73093
Oklahoma is a state of diversity, where there have been earthquakes, tornados, snow, ice, and wildfires occuring within the same day. In mid-April of 2018, western Oklahoma had received less than 1.25 inches of rainfall in the past 185 days.
On Thursday, April 12, 2018 high winds, warm temperatures and dry conditions combined to create an environment that supported extreme fire behavior. Over the course of the day, three separate fires (Chain Ranch, Mooreland, and 34 Fires) had ignited near Woodward in northwestern Oklahoma. Ideal burning conditions and above average fuel loading combined to support intense, wind-driven fires. These fires spread rapidly, burning into each other late on April 12 to form the 34 Complex Fire. When the Southern Area Type 2 IMT Gold Team assumed command of the incident on Monday, April 16, 2018, the fires had impacted approximately 67,788 acres in Woodward and Harper Counties.On April 16, the fire was 45% contained.
The cause of these fires has yet to be determined.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday April 12th, 2018 approx. 04:00 PM|
|Location||6 miles north of Woodward, OK|
|Incident Commander||Incident Commander Andy James and David Conner|
|Coordinates||36.52 latitude, -99.4 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||45%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Friday April 20th, 2018 approx. 08:00 PM|
Short Grass (1 foot)
Tall Grass (2.5 feet
Timber (Grass and Understory)
Resources will continue to cold trail control lines, mop up, and patrol the perimeter of the fire, suppressing hot spots as necessary. Crews will also assess green pockets of fuel inside the fire perimeter for potential threats.
|Projected Incident Activity|
Red Flag Warning in effect until 1800 due to critical weather and fuels conditions. Wind driven rapid rates of
spread are possible if the 34 Complex breaches containment lines. Historic to critical fuel moistures are present
again today and will remain the norm until a wetting rain is received. Current ERC and BI values are at the 97th
percentile. Fire continues to smolder in dead and down fuels in the drains along the river and creek basins.
Heavy resistance is to be expected if resources respond to IA fires.
Another unstable fire weather day ahead of an approaching front that will hopefully provide needed rain to
Western OK. Fire weather conditions will remain elevated throughout this time period. Smoldering and creeping
may continue in heavy fuels that have remaining heat.
48 hours: Chances of wetting rain increase through the period and will hopefully be enough to alleviate the current fuel
conditions for the time being.
72 hours: Chance of wetting rain continues through this period. Fuel conditions will continue to moderate with the rain
Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma Emergency Management, Woodward Emergency Management,
Woodward Fire Department, Mooreland Emergency Management, Mooreland Fire Department, Fort
Supply Fire Department, Sharon Fire Fire Department, Mutual Fire Department, Red Cross, Oklahoma Baptist Men's Association.
With high pressure beginning to enter the area, northwest winds continued
through the day with winds in the morning gusting to 25 mph. The winds then
ramped up and gusted up to 40 mph by noon and continuing through 1700L.
Winds then decreased into the evening hours gusting only to 25 mph at times.
Skies remained clear as high temperatures only reached 65 to 70 degrees across
the fire today. Relative humidity values improved slightly from yesterday
dropping into the 10 to 15% range.