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Fires in Northwest Oklahoma Now 83 Percent Contained

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 13:01:18 CDT

Fires in Northwest Oklahoma Now 83 Percent Contained The latest Northwest Oklahoma Fire Complex Update has been released- showing that the fires in northwest Oklahoma are considered 83 percent contained. The full report, including a look back at the start of the fire on March 6 follows:

High winds, warm temperatures and dry conditions on Monday, March 6 combined to start fires in Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties in Northwestern Oklahoma.   The firestorm of four large wildfires make up the Northwest Oklahoma Complex, which includes the Starbuck (burned in both Kansas and Oklahoma), 283, Selman, and Beaver fires. These fires burned rapidly through rural areas of Oklahoma and Kansas. There have been two confirmed civilian fatalities to date, one in Oklahoma and one in Kansas. Local, county and state firefighters joined forces to stop the fires. Vast acreage of rangeland was destroyed, killing thousands of livestock, and destroying at least eight Oklahoma homes. Kansas officials confirmed the loss of 34 homes. In Clark County, Kansas, six additional homes were damaged, 108 outbuildings were lost with an additional 13 damaged. The Kansas portion of Starbuck Fire, which also includes Meade and Comanche counties, is 95 percent contained.

Yesterday, minimal smoldering was observed from the fires. The Gate Volunteer Fire Department responded to a new fire northwest of Knowles. Later in the day, firefighters on patrol discovered and suppressed a small grass fire caused by a powerline in Woodward County on the 208 Road west of OK Highway 50.

Today’s Actions

Firefighters will continue to patrol all fires, mop-up hot spots, and improve containment lines. Crews will be on-call to respond to new fires and to support local fire suppression agencies, as needed.

NW Oklahoma Fire Complex Total Acres: 782,333      Containment 83 percent:

Starbuck Fire, 2 miles west of Gate, Oklahoma     

Size: 662,687 acres(Approx. 472,000 acres or 71% of the Starbuck fire is in Kansas)

Start Date: March 6, 2017

Beaver Fire, between the towns of Beaver and Elmwood along Highway 273

Size: 2,962 acres

Start Date: March 6, 2017

283 Fire, 1 mile west of Laverne, Oklahoma          

Size: 69,395 acres     

Start Date: March 6, 2017

Selman Fire, 10 miles east of Fort Supply, Oklahoma       

Size: 47,289 acres     

Start Date: March 6, 2017

Incident Resources

Today, we have 21 engines, 12 bulldozers, and air support from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft: total 181 personnel

Weather and Fire Behavior

Highs today 78-82 degrees with 15-20 percent relative humidity and partly cloudy skies. Winds will be out of the south/southeast 13 to 21 mph, with gusts up to 31 mph later in the day.    

Source - Oklahoma Forestry Service



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