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Anderson Creek Fire Now 95% Contained- Meeting for Farmers-Ranchers Impacted Planned for Thursday by FSA

Tue, 29 Mar 2016 15:25:39 CDT

Anderson Creek Fire Now 95% Contained- Meeting for Farmers-Ranchers Impacted Planned for Thursday by FSA Firefighters continue to monitor control lines on the Anderson Creek Fire, reinforcing areas that may be of concern given the fire weather forecast for tomorrow. Due to improved mapping, flight acreage of the fire was able to be more accurately calculated. Oklahoma Forestry Services officials report the 367,620 acre fire is now 95% contained. Containment is now estimated at 98% for the portion of the fire in Woods County, OK. Kansas officials are reporting the fire to be 81% contained in Barber County and 90% contained in Comanche County.

"Yesterday's strong winds and low relative humidity was a good test of fire containment lines. There was minimal internal smoke, with very little fire activity along the fire perimeter," stated George Geissler, Director of Oklahoma Forestry Services.

Meanwhile, there will be a meeting in Alva on Thursday afternoon for farmers and ranchers affected by the Anderson Creek Wildfire hosted by the USDA Farm Service Agency, Thursday, March 31, 1 p.m. at the Northwest Technology Center Alva, OK (1801 South 11th Street).

The agenda and topics covered is below:

Welcome and Introduction: Jake Kelln and Terry Peach FSA

Hay Donations & Coordination: Greg Highfill OSU Extension

OCA Foundation Info: Mike Kelsey, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Assoc.

Emergency Conservation Program: Rod Wanger, FSA

Livestock Indemnity and ELAP: Bowdy Peach, FSA

Emergency Loan Program: Tayla Dunn, FSA

Closing: Jake Kelln, FSA

Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Lone Star State Incident Management Team assigned to the incident has been working with local officials to report over 1,000 bales of hay, hundreds of miles of fence line and approximately 600 cattle were lost in the Oklahoma portion of the Anderson Creek Fire. Oklahoma Emergency Management damage assessments of structure loss are on-going. Kansas and Oklahoma officials report 16 residential structures and 25 other minor structures were destroyed. There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities on the fire in Oklahoma and Kansas.

Our thanks to the Oklahoma Forestry Services for the picture above.



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