Friday, March 10, 2017

Update (March 10th) - Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas wildfire outbreak

For those of you who are arriving here, I have written two articles on the current wildfire outbreak in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas on March 7th and March 8th

Kansas and Oklahoma:

From the Oklahoma Forestry Services (Daily) Fire Situation Report for March 10, 2017:

Northwest Oklahoma Complex – The Southern Region Red Team (Type 1 IMT with Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander) assumed command of the Complex at 0700 today’s date. This Complex will be managed under Unified Command with Woodward, Buffalo, Laverne, Slapout, Moorland, Rosston and Beaver Fire Departments. Numerous OFS overhead, heavy equipment, Type 6 Engines, and aircraft are assigned to the complex to assist local fire departments with the control efforts. Other state forestry resources from Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky have arrived and are committed to the firefighting effort. An Incident Command Post is established at the Woodward County Fairgrounds to facilitate resource assignments and ordering. Fire behavior was minimal during the previous burning period and expected to remain low today. A few flare-ups occurred on the fire, but mop-up and control line reinforcement continues. Aerial mapping is an ongoing process to provide updated acreages for each incident. Acreage figures may actually decrease due to more accurate mapping. 

Starbuck (Beaver and Harper County) – 662,687 acres total (464,308 acres in Kansas and 198,379 acres in Oklahoma), 10% containment. Near the Oklahoma communities of Buffalo, Knowles, Gate, Rosston, and Laverne. Numerous residences, secondary structures, livestock and other infrastructure lost. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous communities remain on alert. 

Selman (Harper and Woodward County) – 44,338 acres, 25% containment, located approximately 10 miles north of Woodward. No estimate on residences or secondary structures lost. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous residences remain threatened. 

283 Fire (Harper County) – 69,395 acres, 10% containment, located near the communities of Rosston, Laverne, and May. Damage assessments are on-going. Numerous communities remain on alert.

Texas:

From the Texas A&M Forest Service, Wildfire and Disasters, Fire Danger, Current Situation webpage , updated on March 10th at 8 AM local time (accessed on March 10, 2017, information updated frequently)

Perryton Fire in Ochiltree, Hemphill, Robers and Lipscomb Counties. 318,156 acres. Two homes destroyed. The Perryton Fire has a page on Inciweb. Containment is at 85 percent.

Dumas Complex Fire. Potter County near Amarillo. 28,800 acres (estimated). Fire is 100 containment.

Lefors East Fire. Gray and Wheeler Counties. 136,000 acres (estimated). Fire is 100 percent contained.

More information (kudos to Mike Archer at Wildfire News of the Day for pointing me to these articles:

Cattlenetwork on losses to livestock
KFOR on Oklahoma Forestry Services asking for help
Kansas City Star - update on wildfires in Kansas

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