Northwest Oklahoma Fire Complex Update- Now 17 Percent ContainedSat, 11 Mar 2017 21:13:35 CST
The latest status of the Northwest Oklahoma Fire Complex shows 779,371 acres in Oklahoma and Kansas have been burned, based on the latest assessment by the firefighters, with 17% containment reported through yesterday. Here are the conditions broken down by the various fires in the Beaver, Harper and Woodward Counties.
Starbuck Fire, 2 miles west of Gate, Oklahoma
Yesterday the fire smoldered, with some residual heat documented in the southwest portion of the fire. Today, firefighters will be monitoring the fire and patrolling the firelines primarily from the Kansas border near the Cimarron River south toward the Beaver River. Yesterday, firefighters helped remove hay from a burning barn. Today, we will continue to monitor those areas.
Size: 662,687 acres Start Date: March 6, 2017
Beaver Fire, between the towns of Beaver and Elmwood along Highway 273
Yesterday, heat was documented in one small interior area of the Beaver Fire. Today, firefighters will focus on that area and the fire perimeter.
Size: 2,962 acres Start Date: March 6, 2017
283 Fire, 1 mile west of Laverne, Oklahoma
Yesterday this fire had some hot spots along US Highway 183. Firefighters will be working those areas and patrolling the perimeter again today.
Size: 69,395 acres Start Date: March 6, 2017
Selman Fire, 10 miles east of Fort Supply, Oklahoma
Yesterday, the fire smoldered with a few interior hot spots documented.
Size: 47,289 acres Start Date: March 6, 2017
NW Oklahoma Fire Complex Total Acres: 779,371* Containment: 17 percent
*Some acres were updated and improved due to better mapping. The Beaver Fire acreage is not currently included in the Starbuck Fire acreage.
Weather and Fire Behavior
Highs today near 46 degrees with 65 percent relative humidity. Winds out of the Northeast from 8 to 13 mph, with gusts up to 30 mph increasing throughout the day. Mostly cloudy skies lead to a chance for rain mostly in the morning. Despite the cloud cover and humidity, with the wind, fire behavior could be higher than yesterday.
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