Firefighters still working to make headway on northwest Oklahoma fires

The Rhea Fire in Dewey County on Saturday, April 14, 2018 courtesy Oklahoma Forestry Services.jpg

Firefighters are still working to extinguish multiple fires that have burned thousands of acres in northwest Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Forestry Services report that nine significant fires have burned an estimated 323,626 acres. Two people have died and nine people have been reported injured due to the fires. Moderate humidity and light winds overnight have allowed for progress to be made on some of the larger wildfires in the state.

The largest of the fires, the Rhea Fire, has burned 246,000 acres alone. The fire remains at an estimated three percent contained. The fire began April 12 near Leedey and has burned its way into neighboring Woodward and Custer counties. Several towns have been forced to evacuate as a result of the fire. A 61-year-old man died Thursday in Roger Mills County as a result of injuries he sustained in the fire. The Dewey County Sheriff's Office reports that a woman died in her vehicle at a Seiling residence as a result of the Rhea Fire.

The Southern States Type 1 Incident Management Team has taken over management of the firefight.

Firefighters have made some headway on the "34 Complex" fire that began April 12 northwest of Woodward. The fire has burned 67,776 acres. It is now 45 percent contained.

The following fires are also being worked in Oklahoma:

  • Dollar Pond Fire (Caddo County) – 257 Acres, 77% Contained
  • East Reydon Fire (Roger Mills County) – 1,232 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Shaw Fire (Roger Mills County) – 7,257 Acres, 100% Contained
  • Roadside Fire (Woodward County) - 916 Acres , 100% Contained
  • Martha Fire (Jackson) – 33 Acres (Est) - 15% Contained
  • Citation Fire (Caddo County) – 85 Acres (Est) – 50% Contained
  • Botone Fire (Caddo County – 70 Acres (Est) – 45% Contained

A large portion of western Oklahoma will be at risk of dangerous fire levels on Tuesday as high temperatures, low relative humidity values and high winds hit the state. A Red Flag Warning is in effect from 11 a.m. to midnight April 17 for the western part of the state.

Farmers and ranchers are in desperate need of hay in northwest Oklahoma. Click here to find out how to help.

If you are looking to donate to those helping to fight the fires, only the following items are being requested:

  • Cash donation to reputable organizations
  • Hay, livestock feed and milk replacement
  • Fencing supplies

Learn more here. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is also accepting donations to assist in long-term wildfire recovery. A $10 donation can be made by texting "Disaster" to 501501.

Governor Mary Fallin has also issued a burn ban for the following counties:

Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Noble, Oklahoma, Osage, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods, Woodward

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