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

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 – 4/14/2018 @ 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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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

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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Photo Credit | OK Forestry Services

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.

Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ (Quincy Vagell) | Used with written Permission

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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Photo Credit | Oklahoma Forestry Services

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.

Photo Credit | New Mexico Fire Info

 

 

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

#RedHorseFire Fully Contained | 3

RED HORSE FIRE

Incident Summary | The  Red Horse Fire that ignited on February 18, 2018 was said described as many as a wildfire that was stretched to 10 miles long and one mile wide.  It had burned a total of 2,549 acres.

After many long hours and tireless efforts, crews have reached a 100% containment status.

Resources | There are still 48 firefighters assigned to this incident, alongside of 18 engines.

Command | Command is in Unified Command with Oklahoma Forestry Services and Freedom Fire Department.

Damage Assessments | There have been no reports of structures threatened, damaged or destroyed.  There has also been no civilian or firefighter injuries reported. The cost-to-date is $232,000.

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #RedHorseFire #OKwildfire

 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1849 Hours PST

#RedHorseFire Continues To Burn | 2

RED HORSE FIRE

Incident Summary | The Red Horse Fire that began on Sunday, February 18, 2018, that was began in the afternoon was said to be approximately ten miles long and about one mile wide continues to burn near Freedom, (Woods County) Oklahoma.

Resources | 150 firefighters are on the fire line which also include an OFS Task Force, one Air Attack Platform, one Type 1 Airtanker and Aerial Supervisor Module, two Type 1 helicopters and one OHP/OFS Aerial Observation Platform.

Command | Command is in Unified Command with Oklahoma Forestry Services and Freedom Fire Department.

Current Status |  According to the OFS at midnight on Sunday, the fire had gained some ground and scorched about 3,600 acres so far but firefighters have gained a ten-percent containment status.

Damage Assessments | There have been no reports of structures threatened, damaged or destroyed.  There has also been no civilian or firefighter injuries reported.

Fire Weather |  Current weather conditions consist of cloudy skies, temps of 39*F, winds at eleven-miles-per-hour and 57% humidity.

Fire Photography |  Photo Credit:  Oklahoma Forestry Service (OFS)

Social Media | We are using the hashtags #RedHorseFire #OKwildfire

ABOUT FREEDOM, OKLAHOMA | Freedom is located in Woods County, which is about 25 miles west of Alva (pop. about 5,000) on State Highway 64 and on the banks of the Cimarron River.  In 2010, Freedom had a population of only about 289 residents.

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog – Updated 1000 Hours PST