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Rhea Fire

Unit Information

Oklahoma Division of Forestry
830 NE 12th Ave
, Washington, OK 73093

Incident Contact

Oklahoma Foresty Service
Phone: 405-586-0404

Highlighted Activity

04/19/2018 Rhea Fire Daily Update 04-19-18
Current Fire Situation:Yesterday’s acreage—283,095 acres—is the most recent estimate available. An infrared flight scheduled for later this morning will provide an updated acreage estimate,...
News - 04/19/2018


The Rhea Fire started on Thursday, April 12, 2018, east of Leedey, Oklahoma, in Dewey County. The area was experiencing red flag weather conditions when the fire started. It grew quickly, moving into Blaine, Custer, and Woodward Counties. The current acreage is 283,095 and containment is 15 percent. The incident command post is at the Pioneer Cellular Event Center in Weatherford. Southern States Type 1 Incident Management Team is managing the fire in close cooperation with Oklahoma Forestry Services, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and other state and local agencies.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginThursday April 12th, 2018 approx. 02:00 PM
Location1/2 mile west of Rhea, OK
Incident CommanderKeith Mousel, Florida Forest Service
Coordinates35.849 latitude, -99.213 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel214
Size283,095 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained15%
Estimated Containment DateMonday April 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass, Brush

Red Cedar is also a primary fuel model

Significant Events

Active

Short Crown Runs

Short-range Spotting

Outlook

Planned Actions

Continue to establish control lines on the south and east flanks, provide structure protection, mop-up and patrol

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Nighttime inversion and less wind is expected to limit fire growth.

24 hours: Main fire activity will be on the northeast flank. North winds will drive the fire south, threatening the U.S. 27 corridor and the community of Oakwood.

48 hours: Main fire activity will be on the northeast flank. North winds will drive the fire south, threatening the U.S. 27 corridor and the community of Oakwood.

72 hours: Higher RH's and predicted precipitation will limit fire growth.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Higher RH's and predicted precipitation will limit fire growth.

Remarks

Cumulative cost since the Southern States IMT 1 assumed command of Rhea fire on 4/15/2018 @ 1800; $460,486. This

includes 4/16 aircraft cost of $209,259.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

4/18/18: Temp 70; 15% RH; Winds NW @ 25 mph, Gusts to 36 mph

Predicted for 4/19/18: Temp 67, Minimum RH 25%, E winds @ 6-8 mph. Winds will drive the fire NW, possibly threatening the communities of Taloga and Seiling.