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Northwest Oklahoma Complex

Unit Information

Oklahoma Division of Forestry
Oklahoma
Washington, OK 73093

2017-3-21 Update OKOK Complex Fires

Northwest Oklahoma Complex Wildfire
News – 3/21/2017

Yesterday, there was no fire activity near the Northwest Oklahoma Complex fires. An Oklahoma Forestry Services task force staged in Weatherford in Custer County mobilized to help suppress the Quarte Fire in Hughes County. Today, firefighters will continue their fire suppression activities and checking for hot spots on all fires of the Northwest Oklahoma Complex. They also will be strategically positioned and on-call to respond to any new fires in Oklahoma. This evening the Southern Area Red Team will transfer management of the Northwest Oklahoma Complex back to the Oklahoma Forestry Services. This will be the last update from the team so beginning Wednesday, please contact Oklahoma Forestry Services Public Information Officer Michelle Finch-Walker, 580-236-1021, Michelle.Finch@ag.ok.gov for more information. PUBLIC MEETING: A fire relief meeting for producers affected by the fires will be at the Beaver County Fairgrounds 10 a.m. on Friday.
Firewise MessageMaintain at least 30 feet of defensible space (area free of burnable material) around your home. Cleaning gutters and removing debris from your roof helps reduce the chances that a burning ember will ignite your home. For more information, visit: http://www.forestry.ok.gov/firewise.
NW Oklahoma Fire Complex Total Acres: 779,292 Containment: 97 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 acres283 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 ResourcesToday, we have 21 engines, 8 bulldozers, 3 water tenders, 7 tractor plows, and air support from helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft: total 179 personnel.
Weather Partly cloudy with highs near 80. West winds 10 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
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 GetOklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) Relief Aid - http://www.oda.state.ok.us/Northwest_Oklahoma_Complex_Fires_Relief_Assistance.pdfOklahoma 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 FireHigh 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.