Oklahoma Forestry Services Scales Back Acres Involved in Northwest Oklahoma Wildfires- Now Estimate Total Acres at 304,531 Acres Burned in the RegionSun, 15 Apr 2018 16:00:06 CDT
Oklahoma Forestry Services have scaled back the estimated acres involved with the 34 Complex Fire in Woodward County, which drops the overall acres bruned in northwestern Oklahoma down to 304,531 acres- as of midday Sunday.
Here are the latest details on several of the fires that have been burning or continue to burn in the northwestern quarter of the state:
34 Complex (Woodward County) -53,000 Acres (Est), 25% Contained
Rhea Fire (Dewey County) -242,000 Acres (Est), 3% Contained
Cheyenne Fire (Roger Mills County) -81 Acres, 90% Contained
East Reydon Fire (Roger Mills County) -1,232 Acres, 81% Contained
Shaw Fire (Roger MillsCounty) - 7,257 Acres, 40% Contained
Roadside Fire (Woodward County) -961 Acres, 51% Contained
According to the Oklahoma Forestry Service, "Fire danger across the western half of the state remains firmly in place today; however slightly reduced fire weather will present opportunity for firefighters to make headway on the large, ongoing fires today.
"Notably, fire danger will rapidly increase on Monday and Tuesday’s forecast conditions will move fire danger back into the extreme category for a broad swath of western Oklahoma. Dry conditions are expected across Oklahoma today with very-high fire danger indices persisting in western Oklahoma. The highest concern will remain in the area of the ongoing fires and across the western third of Oklahoma.
"Temperatures will warm into the 60°’s with clear skies and relative humidity values as low as 16% will facilitate fine fuel moisture values again below 5%. New fires will likely exhibit rapid rates of fire spread from the onset and ongoing fires will require extensive patrol and mop up given the receptiveness of fuels. One situational awareness note is that in some areas green wheat fields have definitely slowed the spread, but not been a barrier to fire spread.
"Escalating fire danger through Tuesday is expected with potential for temperatures back up into the 90°’s and relative humidity values below 15% in western Oklahoma and below 25% along the I-35 corridor. Sustained southwest winds up to 30 mph and gusts 40-45 mph will again present a very concerning fire behavior scenario with extreme rates of fire spread anticipated."
Source- Oklahoma Forestry Services of ODAFF
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