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Oklahoma Forestry Service Increases Rhea Fire Complex Area and Containment in Friday Morning Update

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:53:54 CDT

Oklahoma Forestry Service Increases Rhea Fire Complex Area and Containment in Friday Morning Update The Oklahoma Forestry Services updated the size and containment of the Rhea Fire in mainly Dewey County, while drippoing the total acres covered by the 34 Complex fire in Woodward County due to a remapping of the impacted area.

The latest numbers show:

34 Complex (Woodward County) – 62,089 Acres (Reduced acreage due to better mapping), 60% Contained

Rhea Fire (Dewey County) – 289,078 Acres, 25% Contained

Statewide Discussion:

Oklahoma Forestry Services has assigned two Incident Management Teams to the largest fires in western Oklahoma. The Southern Region Gold Team (Type 2 IMT) has been assigned to the 34 Complex. The Florida Forest Service Red
Team (Type 1 IMT) is managing the Rhea Fire. These Teams are working under the authority of Oklahoma Forestry Services and are in unified command with the local fire departments affected by these incidents.

Suppression efforts on the Laverne, Rhea, and 34 Complex were aided by improved fire weather conditions yesterday. Full containment was achieved on the Laverne Fire with significant advances in the containment percentages on Rhea
and the 34 Complex. An infrared flight over the Rhea and 34 Complex has identified areas on both fires with high degrees of residual heat. This information will allow for focused mop up, minimizing the chance of both fires escaping
their current footprint when fire weather conditions again deteriorate. Fire Danger will be moderate to high, with the highest fire danger generally west of US 81 to a line extending from Harper County to Harmon County. Relative humidity today will drop into the mid-30% range in this area with southsouthwest winds 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures in this area are forecast to reach into the mid-60s.

Cloud cover will assist with moderating the fire danger in this area despite the very dry wildland fuels. In the Panhandle, winds are forecast from the south-southwest at 20-25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. However, fire danger in this area will be mitigated by higher relative humidity values and cloud cover. In addition, the chance of rainfall is high across this area and the remainder of Oklahoma. If moisture is received, it will accelerate Spring green up in areas where it falls.

SPECIAL NOTE TO THE PUBLIC – While the promise of rainfall remains in the forecast, do not let your guard down in regards to the potential for wildfires. Take the time to assess your property’s vulnerability to an approaching wildfire by visiting www.firewiseusa.org This site offers practical tips for things that you can do to increase your home’s chance of surviving a wildfires. Also, visit the Ready, Set, Go! website at http://www.wildlandfirersg.org/ to develop your personal wildfire readiness plan. PLEASE NOTE: A Governor’s Burn Ban exists in a large portion of Oklahoma. Click or tap the following link to view the Burn Ban map.

Click or tap here to view the full report from OFS.

Source - Oklahoma Forestry Services



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