Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 2

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began at 1600 hours on Thursday, April 12, 2018, which is located about six (6) miles of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Fire crews have reached a 4% containment status.

FIRE FUELS | Fire fuels consist of tall grass and brush.

Fire Fact:  There were 426 fires reported on April 13, 2018 in the Southern Area which consists of OK, FL, TX, SC and NC.

BEHAVIOR | Extreme with running, flanking and spotting. Several homes under threat.  Road closures are in effect.

Fire Fact:  Of those 426 wildfires, 14 were reported as ‘new incidents’ and 10 are considered as ‘not contained’ large fires.

RESOURCES | There are about 247 personnel along with 100 engines assigned to this fire from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry and Bureau of Indian Affairs.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | 12 homes and 20 outbuildings destroyed.  120,000 acres have been consumed.   $110,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment efforts.

Social Media users and media outlets report:  This fire originally broke out near E County Road 35 and Hwy 35 in Woodward.  Some are saying that the number of acreage has been reduced from 115,000 to 59,000 due to more accurate mapping.  We are keeping the # at 120,000 as multiple sources are reporting this total.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A RED CROSS Shelter is open at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, Oklahoma.

FIRE WEATHER | Current weather conditions (as of 2140 PDT) are showing 38*F (temps), partly cloudy with winds at 25 mph.  There is a 55% of humidity.

Oklahoma’s Governor Mary Fallin has declared a State of Emergency due to ongoing wildfires.  You can read more about this Declaration here –> http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/OKGOV-1e9629b

HOW CAN YOU HELP | There is a Facebook page called “The 34 Complex Fire in Woodward, Oklahoma, USA” and is listed as a Crisis Response.  https://www.facebook.com/crisisresponse/the-34-complex-fire-in-woodward-oklahoma-usa-apr12-2018/about/?source=search ** We have not vetted this Page or the group/individuals behind it.  We recommend that you check it out before making a Donation. **

FEMA:  “This morning, we approved a management grant for the burning in Woodward County, Oklahoma. The grant supports firefighting costs like staffing, emergency work, supplies, and equipment. “

Two New Mexico firefighters walk up a hill to continue battling smoldering forest fires. Labels point to the types of costs Fire Management Assistance Grants can cover to support firefighters. Text overlay reads: "Fire Management Assistance Grants, Support to firefighters. • Firefighting tools and equipment • Overtime compensation • Mobilization and travel costs • Meals, health and safety items."

(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/13/2018 @ 2200 hours PDT.