A series of large fires are burning in northwestern Oklahoma, destructive enough to prompt the evacuations of hundreds of people. Several homes have been destroyed in Woodward County, Weather.com reported. One of the fires has grown to more than 21,000 acres near Leadey, about 40 miles south of Woodward, CBS News reported. Dry and windy conditions are helping the fires spread. The Oklahoma Forestry Service says the state is still under a “historic fire danger.” A burn ban has been issued in 16 counties, and residents are asked to avoid outdoor grilling. At the time of publication, the current containment is not known. There are four fires total burning, adding up to 120,000 acres, and a state of emergency was declared in 52 counties in Oregon due to the wildfires and drought conditions. Here are maps of where the fires and evacuations currently are.
Locations & Sizes of the Oklahoma Fires
The Rhea fire (sometimes called the Dewey fire) started around 2 p.m. on April 12, nine miles southeast of Leedey in Dewey County, OKC Fox reported. It grew to 19,000 acres by Thursday night and was continuing to grow. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reported that on Friday, it was 82,000 acres and 0 percent contained.
The 34 Complex fire near Woodward forced 450 people out of their homes and had grown to more than 115,000 acres as of Friday, and was 0 percent contained. But as of later on Friday, the fire had been reduce to 59,000 acres due to more accurate mapping. Here’s a map of the fire as of around 1 p.m. Central on Frida, courtesy of OFS:
OFS34 Complex Fire
The Roadside Fire in Woodward County was 1,500 acres and 10 percent contained.
Here’s a map from OFS showing the fires in the vicinity of Woodward, Dewey, and Roger Mills as of Friday around 4 p.m. Central.
The Shaw Fire in Roger Mills County was at 3,500 acres and 25 percent contained as of earlier Friday, but then it grew to 7,257 acres. Here is a map:
OFSShaw Fire Map
The 66 Fire in Lincoln County was 150 acres and 50 percent contained. And the Anderson Road fire in Logan County was 60 acres and 50 percent contained, as of Friday. You can see the latest updates on Oklahoma’s Daily Situation …read more