Oklahoma’s Rhea Fire Implodes | 1

RHEA FIRE

Dewey County, Oklahoma – A wildfire was reported on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 around 1300 hours PDT from an unknown cause.

Location

The fire is located about nine (9) miles SE of Leedey (Dewey County), Oklahoma.

Fire Status

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Today, the fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs and flanking.

Resources

As of Sunday, April 15, 2018, a Florida Type I Incident Management Team (assigned by OFS) is in Unified Command with Dewey and Custer County Agencies.

Oklahoma Forestry Services resources included two (2) Wildland Fire Task Forces, two (2) Tyep 1 helicopters and one (1) Air Attack along with unknown additional equipment and personnel. (4/12/2018)

There are currently 116 personnel assigned along with 39 engines and one (1) helicopter.  A Florida Type 1 IMT is in Command of this fire incident.

Additional resources from nearby States are also assisting with mutual aid, including 28 firefighters from the Florida Forest Services.

 

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Timeline

The #ReheaFire was reported to have started on April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT.

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

Initial reports indicate the fire was already at 500 acres.

About five (5) hours later, the fire had already destroyed 19,000 acres and was quickly leading to a Firestorm-in-the-Making.

We had to recheck our resources that this was the correct number, which it is. 

The fire would quickly implode upon itself due to high winds.  Fire behavior was reported as being extreme and threatening several structures.

Social Media was ablaze as it reported the fire had jumped an unknown river and was heading north.

On April 13, 2018, the fire had exploded into 240,000 acres due to strong and gusty winds pushing it into a much more out-of-control incident, we call here a “Firestorm.

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As of Sunday, April 15, 2018, the fire has destroyed 245,433 acres but firefighters have reached a three (3) percent containment status.

It was an active day for fire crews as they continued to extinguish hot spots especially in drainages within the eastern Red Cedar area. Ground crews were assisted by helicopters and the CL-415s or “super scoopers”.  Structures threatened.

Damage Assessment

As of Sunday, April 15, 2018, the total costs-to-date of fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a high of $921,000 and it continues to rise as the fire moves through the State.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this wildfire incident:  #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018

 

(c) 2018 Firestorms & Disasters

 

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