State of Oklahoma – As you many of you are aware, there are multiple wildfires breaking out in the United States which we will be bringing as a combined daily post separated by each State.
FYI: “Oklahoma EMD is working with Dewey & Woodward Counties EMD to provide a survey for residents to submit damage info caused by 34 Complex and Rhea Fires.” – OKEMD
The faces behind the incident who work tirelessly during planning, briefing and putting it all into action. | Credit: Oklahoma Forestry Services
This fire is burning 6 miles north of Woodward. Fire behavior is minimal with smoldering and creeping with homes still under threat.
67,778 acres with a 45% containment status has been reached.
There are 218 personnel attached to this incident along with 28 engines, 1 helicopter.
33 structures have been lost and the CTD for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $600,000.
FIRE FACT: “Not only does fire consume acres of land, brush, grasses and anything in its path including power poles is amazing how quickly it goes up in smoke.”
It is important for those who protect, serve and repair its communities infrastructure. OKFS has observed the quick action of Northwestern Electric Coop employees have been so quick to repair these poles a high rate of speed and impressing Fire Officials on this wildfire.
Conditions firefighters are faced with as they work to suppress and contain these firestorms | Credit: Oklahoma Forestry Services
FIRE FACT: “There has been 2 confirmed fatalities of a 61 yo male in Roger Mills County and a woman who died in her car near Seiling. There have been a total of 3 smoke inhalation and 6 heat-related injuries reported.”
The Bruner Fire is located 8 miles south of Mannford in the Okmulgee Field Office of the Bureau of Indian Agency (BIA). Hardwood litter is the fire fuel.
There are no resources but 21 engines assigned. Unsure what the exact details are for this type of stat.
There has been 334 acres destroyed but crews have reached a 50% containment status.
$1,000 in damages has been recorded as today’s total in suppression and containment costs-to-date.
MASS FEEDING INFO: The American Red Cross continues to provide meals to firefighters and residents impacted by the Rhea and 34 Complex wildfires.
The Cali Fire is located 11 miles west of Skiatook with timber being the main fire fuel burning. There are 796 acres destroyed but crews have reached an 85% containment status.
There are 12 personnel assigned with 4 engines.
Total costs-to-date have reached $3,000.
SHELTER INFO: First Baptist Church – 301 N Noble Ave, Watonga & elm Grove Community Church – 53502 S county Rd 226 in Chester, Oklahoma.
This fire is located in BIA – Osage Agency territory and located 7 miles SW of Pawhuska.
There has been 2,700 acres scorched and fire crews have reached a 60% containment status.
There are 79 personnel assigned along with 42 engines.
$6,000 is the total for CDT suppression and containment efforts.
Photo Credit: Oklahoma Forestry Services
MASS FEEDING (Laverne): The Red Cross is providing food and beverages to responders on a wildfire near Laverne in Beaver County.
The unnamed wildfire was reported by the Oklahoma County Emergency Management Agency or OKCEMA today located at SE 29th Street and Harrah Road. Five fire departments were dispatched to the scene. Limited information.
The Beaver County Emergency Management Agency reported a fire north of US 412 west of Laverne. Forestry resources were on-scene providing aerial fire suppression support. Limited info.
FIRE FACT: “This has been far the year as the most historic fire danger in all of western Oklahoma.” – Echoed through Fire Communities
The Rhea Fire is listed about 1 mile west of Reha in tall grass and brush. Fire behavior is active with single-tree torching, spotting and short-crown runs. Numerous structures are still under threat.
248,589 acres that has a 3% containment status.
There are 80 personnel assigned with 18 engines, 1 helicopter. 50 structures have been lost. As of 1530 hours PDT, the National Guard has been activated to help with fire suppression efforts (reported by News Media)
Evacuations were ordered today for residents in and around Oakwood and areas near Seiling. Oklahoma Forestry Services or OFS is providing 3 heavy air tankers. OK City Emergency Management or OKCEM has deployed a 4 member EOC team to provide support.
Total cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment expenses have reached $976,000.
WAYS TO HELP, OTHER INCIDENT INFORMATION
For more detailed information about these wildfires or where to gain access to services and assistance, check out this link that goes to the Oklahoma County Office of Emergency Management.
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