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 and one person died. Overall, the fires are covering more than 360,000 acres in the state. 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. On Friday, a state of emergency was declared in 52 counties in Oregon due to the wildfires and drought conditions, as windy conditions helped the fires spread. Here are maps of where the fires and evacuations currently are as of Saturday, April 14.
Locations & Sizes of the Oklahoma Fires
The Rhea fire (sometimes called the Dewey fire) is the largest of all the Oklahoma wildfires. It 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. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reported that on Friday, it was 82,000 acres. By the morning of Saturday, April 14, the Rhea fire had been re-evaluated and now is recorded to be 240,000 acres is size and only 3 percent contained. A few hours later, it had grown to 241,280 acres, and over 500 firefighters are battling this wildfire. Here’s a map of the fire provided by Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS).
The 34 Complex fire near Woodward is the second largest of the current fires. It forced 450 people out of their homes and had grown to more than 115,000 acres as of Friday. By Saturday, April 14, the fire remained at 115,000 acres and was 13 percent contained. They’re finally getting some headway on it. Here’s a map of the fire as of around 1 p.m. Central on Frida, courtesy of OFS. This is about the same size that the fire is on Saturday, too.
OFS34 Complex Fire
The Roadside Fire in Woodward County was 1,500 acres and 10 percent contained on Friday, but firefighters gained quite a bit of ground and by the morning of Saturday, April 14, it was 961 acres and 51 percent contained.
The Shaw Fire in Roger Mills County was at 3,500 acres and 25 percent …read more