NEW Wildfire | #412Fire | Oklahoma


A large wildfire is burning in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

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FIRE FACT | Critical to Extreme fire weather for much of Kansas again today (Saturday, March 7) with a ūüö©ūüĒ•Red Flag Warning¬†ūüĒ•ūüö©¬†issued from¬†US National Weather Service Topeka Kansas¬†and¬†US National Weather Service Dodge City Kansasfrom noon to 6:00 p.m.


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  • Oklahoma Forestry Services
  • Beaver County
  • Beaver County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County Oklahoma Emergency Management
  • Ellis County – Fire Strike Team – Harmon FD, Arnett FD
  • Harper County

FIRE FACT | OKFS fire crews are fighting 19 active wildfires. 7 are considered large wildfires. Crews are engaged on fires from near the Arkansas border to the Panhandle of Oklahoma.


  • Texas Forestry
  • NWS Amarillo
  • Texas Counties



  • Kansas Forestry¬† Service
  • KS Volunteer Fire Departments
  • NWS Wichita
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FIRE FACT | 7 Clark County Wildland Task Force units is also assisting local resources in Meade County, Kansas, while local fire departments assist on this wildfire.

  • Clark County Wildland Fire Task Force
  • NWS Dodge City
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2212 CST  | Reports of patients and clients of the Beavert hospital and nursing home have been transported to Buffalo, Oklahoma and Meade, Kansas during the evacuation orders given.

2130 CST |¬†Local news reporting:¬† “Woolly Buffalo Inn in Buffalo, Oklahoma. Offering displaced 412 Fire evacuees can stay for free this evening and Sunday night.

2014 CST | Fire continues to burn.  Fire is south of Forgan.  Smoke can be seen in the State of Kansas.

1934 CST | Continued line construction around the fire. 10% containment status.  Challenging conditions.  Beaver and Forgan have been evacuated. Reported unknown number of structures have been lost, pending the outcome of a damage assessment.

1731 CST | Fire burning on the EW 100 road, about 3 miles north of Beaver. Tanker 95 is working the flanks with ground resources.

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1717 CST | Plume  visible and reportedly near Beaver.  Estimated to have grown to 10,000. Numerous fire departments, include Oklahoma Forestry Services and Kansas Forest Service. Can be seen on satellite. Located in Beaver County. Evacuation in effect for the town of Beaver.

KSFS Tanker 95 is one of many resources deployed as mutual aid.


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1708 CST | Beaver Emergency Management is asking people to evacuate in Forgan, Oklahoma.

1641 CST |  Continued extreme Fire behavior with wind-driven runs and spotting. Fire has moved 14-miles from the point-of-origin.  Evacuations for the town of Beaver , Oklahoma in effect.

1535 CST | Extreme fire behavor with wind-driven runs.  Structure protection in effect.

1446 CST  | Town of Beaver initiates mandatory evacuations. Fire has reached the southwestern edge of town. Structures were on fire, along with a burned area at the local High School football field.

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1307 CST | Sirens continuously going off in the town of Beaver to evacuate the fast-moving wildfire approaching their town.

1136 CST | Resource Order dispatched via the Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center.

1037 CST | The Ellis County Strike Team (OH) has been dispatched to the 412 Fire, a grass fire located about 5 miles west of Ellwood in Beaver County, Oklahoma.

0707 CST | Kansas Fire Weather

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(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Update 3/7/2020 2040 PST 2240 CST


Disaster News | Train Derailment in Ellis County (KS) | 1

Incident Summary | A train derailment has been reported on 9th and Allen in Hays (Ellis County), Kansas.  Fire Department on-scene reported three Ethanol cars on the tracks with no leaks and under control (1520 PDT). However, there were additional reports of several train cars on their sides.

Staging | Staging is on 11th and Allen.

ICP | Command Post is at the accident scene at 9th and Hays.

Resources | Ellis County Fire & Rescue, Ellis County SO.

We are working to gain more information on this incident and will provide an update when it has been received.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Updated @ 1525 hours PDT on 7/14/2019 (Sunday).

Rice County, Kansas Touched by Wildfires | 1


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Incident Summary |  Three active wildfires are burning in Rice County.  Fire #1 has entered McPherson County from Rice County with other counties beginning to report additional fire starts.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management has activated the KS EOC in Topeka, Kansas to a partial Level 2 due to very high and extreme fire weather conditions across the State.¬† the State EOC will be staffed with personnel from the KDEM, KS National Guard, Office of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Kansas Forest Service.

Location | The fire is located on Buhler Road in SE Rice and SW McPherson Counties, about 8-10 miles southeast of Lyons, Kansas.

Cause | Unknown.  There has been a known drought.

Units working south of Ave Q during firing operations. Photo Credit | Hutch Deputy Fire Chief Hanen

Incident Cooperators |¬†Hutchinson FD, Reno County TF, Kansas National Guard,¬† Kansas Governor Jeff Coyler’s Office, Rice County EMA, Kansas State Police, Rice County Sheriff Office, KS EMA, State Fire Marshal and the KS Forest Service, Sterling Police Department.

Resources | Resources from the Hutchinson Fire Department and the Reno County Task Force.   UPDATE | The Reno County TF has been released from the fire as of 2058 CDT and will return back to the fire at 0800 on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

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UPDATE -1154 CDT | Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer issued an emergency declaration for three fires in Rice County. Kansas National Guard along with several Black Hawks were deployed to the incident.

Air Assets | One UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter (KSNG) with one out of Salina.  Three helicopters on standby with one in Salina and two in Topeka, Kansas.

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Damage Assessment | No injuries reported.  One abandoned home was destroyed.

Social Media | Though there is no known name of these wildfires, we have dubbed them the #RiceCountyFires #KansasFires #KSwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – 2215 PDT / 0014 CDT

National Fire Activity Report| April 15, 2016


The following report was released from the National Interagency Coordination Center for the week of April 8-14, 2016.

During this week, 729 new fires were reported as Light Initial Fire Activity incidents.  Of those, 17 were new large events and crews were able to contain 20 large fires.  Six [6] remain not contained.

Though the number of fires are showing a downturn at this time of year [based off of April 15, 2016] down to 12,272  since its prior years in 2015, of 13,286 and listed as 16,470 in 2014 Рit is clearly a sign of land burning much more rapidly.

In 2016, 1,381,078 acres have been consumed, while at this time of year in 2015, only 297,023 acres and even a lesser amount of 226,291 in 2014. ¬†Times have changed and the numbers do not lie. ¬†The proof lies here and some, have already began early recruitment and staffing up for when the Firestorm attempts to burn up the landscape like it did in 2015. ¬†Reinforcements will be ready for Mother Nature’s fury, when she most likely will strike.


Arkansas.  1 new. 1 contained.

Arizona.  0 new. 1 contained.

Florida.  3 new. 1 contained. 3 still burning.

  • Long Pine Key. ¬†Everglades NP. ¬†12 miles SW of Homestead. 3780 acres. Timber & brush. Moderate fire behavior. ¬†Structures threatened. 65% contained. 59 personnel. 1 crew. 10 engines. 2 helicopters. $341,000 cost-to-date.
  • ¬†Relay. ¬†Florida Forest Service. ¬†7 miles SW of Favoretta. ¬†Southern rough. ¬†Min. fire behavior. ¬†400 acres. 85% contained. ¬†6 personnel. ¬†6 engines. No cost-to-date.
  • ¬†Still Road. ¬†Florida Forest Service. ¬†3 miles NE of Barberville. Southern rough. ¬†Min. fire behavior. ¬†205 acres. ¬†95% contained. ¬†6 personnel. ¬†1 helicopter. No cost-to-date available.

Kansas.  0 new. 1 contained.

Mississippi.  2 new. 2 contained.

Montana.  2 new.  1 contained.  1 still burning.

  • Elk Hill.¬† Lewis & Clark National Forest. 21 miles NE of Augusta. ¬†Min. fire behavior with creeping and smoldering. ¬†Trail closures are in effect. 1089 acres. ¬†80% contained. ¬†32 personnel. ¬†1 crew. ¬†2 helicopters. ¬†$575,000 cost-to-date.

New Mexico.  0 new.  1 contained.

North Carolina.  2 new.  2 contained.

Oklahoma.  4 new.  6 contained.  2 still burning.

  • 350 Complex. ¬†Department of Forestry. ¬†6 miles N of Woodward. ¬†Tall grass, brush and timber. Min. fire behavior. ¬†Structures threatened. 57,167 acres. 92% contained. 37 personnel. ¬†5 engines. ¬†$900,000 cost-to-date.
  • Top Hat. ¬†Osage Agency. ¬†2 miles S of Hominy. ¬†Hardwood litter. ¬†Min. fire behavior. ¬†1,544 acres. ¬†95% contained. ¬†3 personnel. ¬†1 engine. ¬†$22,000 cost-to-date.

South Dakota.  0 new.  1 contained.

Tennessee.  1 new.  3 contained.

Virginia.  2 new.  2 contained.


(c) 2016 The #NWFireBlog