- In 2018, Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) responded or assisted on more than 1000 different fires
- March 2018 was the busiest month with 436 fires burning almost 63,000 acres
As the calendar turns to another year, many of the agencies across the state and across the country begin to release their data on how the previous year went for them.
This includes Oklahoma Forestry Services. They are a division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry for the state working to protect more than 12 million acres of forests and woodlands.
In their report for 2018, Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) either responded or assisted on 1,086 fires that burned more than 466,000 acres.
The busiest months typically fall from January through April when more than 75% of the year's fires were fought. March was the busiest month with 436 fires while April was the month that burned the most (367,457.5 acres). The report goes on to say that the most difficult day was April 12th with multiple large, dangerous, and destructive fires.
Some of the biggest fires this year were:
- Rhea Fire in Dewey County
- 34 Complex Fire in Woodward County
- Shaw Fire in Roger Mills County
Although 2018 was a busy year, it actually had the lowest number of acres burned since 2015 and the fewest fires since 2014. It also brought some new weather tools that helped save lives.
In mid-March, Creek County Emergency Managers were able to rescue a woman from her home because they got a "hot-spot notification" from the National Weather Service and the new satellite.
As wildfire season ramps up, it is important to prepare and protect your house early. Tips on protecting your house can be found here: High grass fire days: what you need to know
Here are some of the bigger grass fires in Green Country during 2018:
- Sand Springs, mid-January
- Multiple fires across Green Country, late January
- East Tulsa, late January
- Kellyville, late January
- Sand Springs, early February
- Catoosa, early February
- Owasso, early February
- Coweta, mid-February
- Pryor, mid-February
- Wagoner County, mid-February
- Kellyville, mid-February
- Turner Turnpike, mid-February
- Broken Arrow, early March
- Ochelata, mid-March
- Sand Springs, mid-March (more details here)
- Ochelata, mid-April (more details here)
- Tulsa, mid-April
- Owasso, late April
- Tulsa, late April
- Pawnee County, late April into early May
- Near Turley, late November
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