Wildfire Activity Log | Oklahoma | March 7, 2020

Here is the following wildfire activity log for the States of Arkansas and Oklahoma for Saturday, March 7, 2020:

ARKANSAS

1700 | MAZE FIRE:  Short grass and brush fire fuels. Located in 21N R29W Section 23. 3.14 acres. Contained at 1800 hours.

1624  | SMILEY FACE FIRE: Newton County, Arkansas. .25 acres. Open incident.

1555 | PETER CAVE FIRE: Searcy County, Arkansas. 6 acres. Contained 1800 hours.   DOVER LIGHTS FIRE:  Pope County.   .01 acres. Contained 1728 hours.

1425 | WOMBLE SILVER FIRE:  Montgomery County. 3.9 acres. Open incident.

1114 | LITTLE BIGGER RX FIRE:  Logan County. 1959 acres.

0943 | BONNERDALE OLD GROWTH RX FIRE:  Garland County.  976 acres.  IC:  Justus Beggs RXB2 effective 1100 hours.

0941 | CADDO POND C47 OLD GROWTH RX FIRE:  Montgomery County. 1134 hours. IC:  Justus Beggs RXB2 effective 1000 hours.

0840 | LOONEY RX FIRE:  Delaware County.  71 acres.

0754 | RORIE SOUTH RX FIRE:  Stone County. 1918 acres. IC: William Hilton RXB2 as of 1100 hours.

0753 | BIRCHFIELD COUNTY RX FIRE:  Crawford County.  1853 acres. IC:  Jimmy Lindsay as of 1100 hours.

0732 | SHUT IN RX FIRE:  Scott County.  Town of Eagleton. 4215 acres. IC:  Adam Strothers.

0717 |  HORSEHEAD WEST RX FIRE:  Johnson County.  928 acres.

0713 | ROSS CREEK EAST “SOUTH” RX FIRE:  Scott County. Waldron, Arkansas. 2576 acres.

0711 | SEED TICK RX FIRE:  Newton County.  1080 acres.

0700 | CARTER CREEK EAST SU2/4 RX FIRE:  McCurtain.  560 acres.

0636 | WILDFAT UNIT 5 RX FIRE:  Yell County.  207 acres.

OKLAHOMA

1800 | Resource order dispatched for the BLACK COW FIRE. Fire is located in th Pawnee Tribal area . Pawnee County.  0.1 acre.

1630 | BLACK CROW FIRE:  2.5 miles east of Kenwood. 43 acres. Contained at 1845 hours.

1600 | TOMAHAWK CHOP FIRE: 7 miles north of Twin Oaks.  20.6 acres. Contained 1755 hours.

1504 | SLOUGH FIRE:  3.5 miles east of Hanna.197 acres. Open incident.

1444 | BLACK BEAR FIRE:  Pawnee County.  Pawnee Fire District. 3.5 acres. Contained 1930 hours.

1300 | MURPHY FIRE:  Montgomery County. 3 acres. Contained 1433 hours.

1220 | OLD TRAILER FIRE:   .25 miles south of Bull Hollow. 58.1 acres. Contained 1530 hours.

1204 | BURGER FIRE:  Osage County.

1136 | 412 FIRE:  Resource Order via Arkansas-Oklahoma Interagency Coordination Center.

1115 | FLAT ROCK 2 FIRE: Adair County. Cherokee Tribal area. 28.13 acres. Contained at 1425 hours.

1100 | REDBUD FIRE:  4 miles east of Dustin. 259.3 acres. Contained 1230 hours.

(c) 2020 NW Fire Blog – Updated at 2125 PST

 

NEW Wildfire | #412Fire | Oklahoma

INCIDENT SUMMARY

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 🚩🔥Red Flag Warning 🔥🚩 issued from US National Weather Service Topeka Kansas and US National Weather Service Dodge City Kansasfrom noon to 6:00 p.m.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

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OKLAHOMA

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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

  • Texas Forestry
  • NWS Amarillo
  • Texas Counties

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Kansas

  • 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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TIMELINE

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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 HASHTAGS

#412Fire #OKFire #KSFire #TXFire

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

 

Oklahoma’s #BrakeRoadFire | 2

FIRE TIMELINE

Photo Credit | Oklahoma Forestry Services

FIRE FACT:  Oklahoma has had over 366,000 acres consumed in the western portion of their State since last week.  The map above visualizes the numerous fire locations plus operational strategies.

 

April 14, 2018

Located in Logan County, Oklahoma.  Minimal fire behavior with smoldering. 386 acres. 75% contained. 4 personnel along with 2 engines.  $264,000 CTD.

April 13, 2018

We begin to report on this wildfire.  Located in the Oklahoma Division of Forestry area. Active fire behavior with flanking. 386 acres. 57% contained. Type 4 IC. 13 personnel. 4 engines and 1 helicopter. $262,000 Cost-to-Date for fire suppression and containment expenses.

April 11, 2018

Fire reportedly breaks out at 1553 hours CTD.

SOCIAL MEDIA 

We are using the following hashtags for this wildfire incident:  #BrakeRoadFire  #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 4/14/2018 @ 1220 PDT

 

Oklahoma’s Wildfire: #34ComplexFire | 3

Woodward, OK –  The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began on April 12 (Thursday).

Photo Image taken April 14/2018. | Photo Courtesy | AI6YR – Ham Radio

Here is the Fire Timeline for this event:

April 14, 2018

Moderate fire behavior with wind-driven runs, flanking. Homes threatened.  120,000 acres. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines. 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 Cost-to-date.

April 13, 2018

Fire fuels include tall grass and brush.  Extreme fire behavior with running, flanking and spotting.  120,000 acres burned. 4% containment status. Structures are under direct threat. Road closures in effect. 247 personnel. 100 engines.

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

April 12, 2018

Fire started @ 1600 hours.  6 miles North of Woodward, Oklahoma.  Multiple structures threatened. Evacuations in effect. RED CROSS shelter located at Faith United Methodist Church, 1402 Texas Avenue, Woodward, Oklahoma.  115,000 acres consumed. 13% contained. 88 personnel. 30 engines, 2 helicopters. 12 homes, 20 outbuildings destroyed. $365,000 fire suppression and containment Cost-to-date.

 

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. ” – Grant being offered to those on the #34ComplexFire

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(c) NW Fire Blog – 4/14/2018 @ 1200 hours PDT.

Oklahoma’s #BrakeRoadFire | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire was reported to have broken out on April 11, 2018, at 1553 CDT (1353 PDT) which is located about eight (8) miles NE of Kilidare, Oklahoma.

RESOURCES  | There are about 13 personnel that are still attached to this incident along with (4) engines and (1) helicopter in addition to a Type 4 Incident Commander from the Oklahoma Division of Forestry.

SIZE UP | There has been 386 acres burned but fire crews have successfully through tireless efforts reached a 57% containment status.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS | There have been no injuries or structures reported as damaged or destroyed.  There has been $262,000 in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

SOCIAL MEDIA | #BrakeRoadFire  #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

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.

Oklahoma On Fire: #34ComplexFire Implodes | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | The 34 Complex Fire is made up of many wildfires that began this afternoon on Thursday, April 12, 2018, is now estimated at 115,000 acres and growing. There is a 0% containment status.

The fire is located four (4) miles NW of Woodward, Oklahoma.

Resources will be working throughout the night focusing on fire suppression efforts as the fire behavior continues to be more extreme.

EVACUATIONS | Several structures are currently being threatened and evacuations are currently in effect.  A Red Cross shelter has been opened at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue in Woodward, OK.

We are working to gather more intel on these wildfires.

(c) NW Fire Blog

Oklahoma’s #RheaFire Behavior Fierce | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY | A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT about nine (9) miles southeast of Leedey (Dewey County) in Oklahoma.

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CURRENT FIRE STATUS | The fire behavior has exploded when it was reported at its start time around 1300 hours PDT and was about 500 acres but has now reached 19,000 acres.  (yes, we checked the number several times and also reached out to OFS for verification).

There is a 0% containment status.

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RESOURCES | 2 Wildland Task Forces plus 2 Type-1 helo and Air Attack have been deployed from Oklahoma Forest Services.

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THREATS | Several structures are currently under direct threat.

SOCIAL MEDIA | Social Media reports indicate the fire is heading north and has jumped the river (we are working to gather intel on which river this is).  Additional sources are showing that the fire is now spreading northwest to north as winds shifted to SSE with passage of dryline back to west.

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FIRE WEATHER REPORTS | As of 1828 hours PDT, OK Weather reports indicate the fire seems to be heading towards Mutual.  Highway 60 is blocked east and west out of Cestos.  Seiling/Taloga should be alright.

FIRE HISTORY IN DEWEY COUNTY | According to Social Media, here is a brief post of a previous wildfire that was memorable in this area.

March 14, 2017 | Dewey Co Conservation District works as an Incident Cooperator by providing 8 bale hay trailer for locals to haul hay to fire victims.

Photo Credit | OK Conservation Commission

HASHTAGS | #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018

PHOTO IMAGES | Credit by Oklahoma Forestry Services

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#StatelineFire Burning in Three States | 2

Updated 3/12/2018 @ 2015 hours PDT

STATELINE FIRE 

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START DATE/TIME

A very large wildfire ignited on private land in New Mexico on March 8, 2018 would soon spread to nearby states Colorado and Oklahoma.  The fire is currently located 2.5 miles NW of Kenton, Oklahoma in Cimarron County.

SIZE UP

The fire has now destroyed total of an estimated 26,821 acres burned of which 15,851 acres are in New Mexico and 10,960 are in Colorado and 10 acres in Oklahoma.

Significant smoke was expected to impact the area today due to unburned fire fuels in the interior of the fire perimeter.

No threats or evacuations are in effect.

COMMAND

Unified Command is currently in effect with Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS), U.S. Forest Service (New Mexico) and Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.

RESOURCES

There are approximately 150 personnel actively in fire suppression and containment efforts on the fire line.

OFS is working with Boise City and Kenton Fire Departments.

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CONTAINMENT STATUS

Fire crews are still holding containment lines at 40% since Sunday’s update on March 12, 2018.

 

AIR ASSETS

The Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) was dispatched (presser reported on March 11 @ 0845 hours) and on scene in Baca and Las Animas counties in the State of Colorado.

This much needed asset (MMA 328SF) was said to be flying around the fire in Las Animas and Baca Counties on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Photo Credit | CO Fire Prev & Control (CO State Fire)

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #StatelineFire #NWwildfire2018 #OKwildfire2018  #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

#StatelineFire Burning in Three States | 1

Updated 3/11/2018 @ 2030 hours PDT

STATELINE FIRE 

INCIDENT SUMMARY

Size Up

A large wildfire is currently burning in multiple states with a total of 26,821 acres destroyed.  As of 2100 hours MDT (2000 hours PDT), 10,960 acres have burned in Colorado and now 10 acres in Oklahoma with the remaining in New Mexico (north of Clayton in Union County where it all began).

Ignition Details

The fire started on March 8, 2018, on private property but would quickly spread to nearby areas and now various States.

Containment Status

Fire crews have reached a 40% containment status.

FIRE FUELS

Fire fuels include pinyon, juniper, oak and grass.

RESOURCES

Fire Personnel

There are currently 140 personnel assigned and working on the fire line that represent multiple agencies.

Hand Crews

As of 1622 hours, the Mescalero Agency (BIA) dispatched a Type Initial Attack (IA) hand crew to this wildfire on March 10, 2018.

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Photo Credit | BIA – Forestry & Wildland Fire – Mescalero Agency

Air Asssets

The Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA) was dispatched (presser reported on March 11 @ 0845 hours) and on scene in Baca and Las Animas counties in the State of Colorado.

Photo Credit | CO Fire Prev & Control (CO State Fire)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags

We are using the following hashtags for this fire #StatelineFire #NWwildfire2018 #OKwildfire2018  #COwildfire2018

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog