Oklahoma Division of Forestry
830 NE 12th Ave
, Washington, OK 73093
Oklahoma Foresty Service
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.
|Current as of|
|Date of Origin||Thursday April 12th, 2018 approx. 02:00 PM|
|Location||1/2 mile west of Rhea, OK|
|Incident Commander||Keith Mousel, Florida Forest Service|
|Coordinates||35.849 latitude, -99.213 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||15%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Monday April 23rd, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
Tall Grass, Brush
Red Cedar is also a primary fuel model
Short Crown Runs
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.
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.
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.