Oklahoma Forestry Services Ugrades 34 Fire Complex to 60 Percent Contained, Up from 45 PercentFri, 20 Apr 2018 14:22:06 CDT
Below is the latest report from the Oklahoma Forestry Services on the status of the 34 Fire Complex, released Friday afternoon, April 20, 2018.
Yesterday the Infrared (IR) flight detected nine hot spots within the 34 Complex fire which were all responded to and successfully mopped up. Night shift continued patrolling 34 Complex firelines last night. Day shift crews will continue to patrol and mop up any hot spots and will continue to reinforce firelines. There were no new initial attacks yesterday. Initial Attack resources continue to be available to respond with Oklahoma Forestry Services and local fire departments as needed. The key safety message to firefighters today is: Be prepared for wet weather. Driving in wet weather presents its own set of hazards. Driving off paved roads in wet sand and mud conditions presents a different set of hazards. Respect the changing conditions.
169 total personnel, 14 fire engines, 1 twenty person handcrew. Oklahoma Forestry Services provides helicopters and fixed wing aircraft air support. Personnel managed by cooperators and agencies under the unified command are still very much involved in firefighting in northwest Oklahoma, however, those personnel are not included in the above numbers.
62,089 acres, 60% contained. The decrease in size of the fire from past reports is due to more accurate mapping with specialized equipment on the ground and in the air over the fire area.
Weather and Fire Behavior
Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy. Temps: 50 to 65 degrees; RH 30-40% (day), 80-90% (night); winds southeast 10-20 mph gusting to 25 mph in the evening. Short range spotting from single and group tree torching (cedar/juniper) may produce 1/10th mile spotting. Slope and wind alignment will produce the worst case rate of spreads.
TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction): The TFR has been lifted.
Burning Restrictions: Western Oklahoma including the fire area is currently under a Governors Burn Ban.
See http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information for statewide burn bans
Hay and Livestock Feed: Critical needs in this drought affected area
To help with hay and livestock feed, please contact: OSU Extension at 405-590-0160, 405-496-9329, or 405-397-7912
Other ways to help: Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation www.okcattlemen.org
Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Foundation www.okfarmingandranching.org
Oklahoma Farmers Union Foundation PO Box 24000, Oklahoma City, OK 73124
The 34 Complex fire started on April 12, as three fires in Woodward and Harper Counties subsequently burned together as a result of high winds and low humidity. The wind-driven fires burned rapidly through tall grass and brush that had been affected by extended drought conditions in this region of Oklahoma. Initial response to the fires came from Oklahoma Forestry Services and local firefighting resources including counties across Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas. As the fires merged and continued to grow, Oklahoma Forestry Services ordered a National Type 2 Incident Management Team, the Southern Area Gold Team, to join Unified Command and provide management support to local and state firefighters for the 34 Complex fire. National Incident Management Teams have access to wildland firefighting resources from across the nation thereby providing much needed relief to local wildland firefighters.
Source - Oklahoma Forestry Services
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