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Northwest Oklahoma Complex News Release

2017-3-20 Update NWOK Complex Fires

Incident: Northwest Oklahoma Complex Wildfire
Released: 5 days ago

0 0 1 616 3516 USFWS 29 8 4124 14.0 Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE /· Style Definitions ·/ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:none; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri; color:black;} Our National Weather Service incident meteorologist predicts elevated fire weather conditions today. Moderate to strong westerly winds, very low relative humidity, and unusually high and perhaps record temperatures are forecasted. Temperatures are 20-25 degrees above normal in the region. Yesterday, even with a Red Flag Warning was in effect, but no significant fire activity was reported near the Northwest Oklahoma Complex fires, which allowed fire crews to improve containment lines. Today, firefighters will continue their fire suppression activities and checking for hot spots on all fires and continue progress towards full containment. They will be strategically positioned and on-call to respond to new fires near the Northwest Oklahoma Complex fires as well as the rest of western Oklahoma, where there are also elevated fire conditions.

PUBLIC MEETINGS: Fire relief meetings for producers affected by the fires are scheduled at the Harper County Fairgrounds at 10 am today and at the Beaver County Fairgrounds at 10 am on Friday.

Fire Prevention Message

Wildfires are dangerous, and we should all take special precautions year round to make sure fires are not carelessly ignited. Nine out of ten wildfires are caused by humans and can be prevented. For more information, visit: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/fire-prevention

NW Oklahoma Fire Complex Total Acres: 779,292 Containment: 94 percent

Starbuck Fire, 2 miles west of Gate, Oklahoma Size: 662,700 acres (Approx. 472,000 acres or 71% of the Starbuck fire is in Kansas)

Beaver Fire, between the towns of Beaver and Elmwood along Highway 273 Size: 2,962 acres

283 Fire, 1 mile west of Laverne, Oklahoma Size: 69,396 acres

Selman Fire, 10 miles east of Fort Supply, Oklahoma Size: 44,234 acres

Incident Resources

Today, we have 21 engines, 8 bulldozers, 3 water tenders, 7 tractor plows, and air support from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft: total 182 personnel

Weather and Fire Behavior

Today, conditions across western Oklahoma will be hot with high temperatures in the mid-80s to low 90’s, relative humidity near 10 percent, and west winds from 10-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph in the afternoon. Red Flag Warnings could be issued in some areas if winds increase enough to warrant it.

Burning Restrictions

See http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information for County burn bans. Bans in Northwest Oklahoma include Beaver, Cimarron, Texas, Harper, Alfalfa, Major, Woods and Woodward counties.

Funding Support – Where to Give and Where to Get

Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) Relief Aid

- http://www.oda.state.ok.us/Northwest_Oklahoma_Complex_Fires_Relief_Assistance.pdf

Oklahoma Farm Report article on the Oklahoma Youth EXPO Fundraising effort

- https://goo.gl/SF4t9F (contact Tyler Norvell by emailing him at this link tyler@okyouthexpo.org - call Ron Hays at 405-473-6144)

Farm Credit Associations of Oklahoma Help Aid Wildfire Victims -https://goo.gl/5Mw5j5

History of the Northwest Oklahoma Complex Fire

High winds, warm temperatures and dry conditions on Monday, March 6 combined to start fires in Beaver, Harper, and Woodward Counties in Northwestern Oklahoma. The four large wildfires make up the Northwest Oklahoma Complex, which includes the Starbuck (Kansas and Oklahoma), 283, Selman, and Beaver fires. There have been two confirmed civilian fatalities to date, one in Oklahoma and one in Kansas. Local, county and state firefighters joined forces to stop the fires. Vast acreage of rangeland was destroyed, killing thousands of livestock, and destroying at least eight Oklahoma homes. Kansas officials confirmed the loss of 34 homes. In Clark County, Kansas, six additional homes were damaged, 108 outbuildings were lost with an additional 13 damaged.

Unit Information

Oklahoma Division of Forestry
Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

Incident Contacts

Oklahoma Forestry Services Fire Information
Email: michelle.finch@ag.ok.gov
Phone: 580-236-1021
Northwest Oklahoma Complex Fires Info
Email: NWOKFires@gmail.com
Phone: 405-586-0404
Hours: 8am - 8pm
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