According to the last press release from inciweb for the NW OK Complex, dated March 21, 2017:
- at least two civilians died as a result of this Complex of wildfires, one in Kansas and one in Oklahoma,
- at least 8 homes were destroyed in Oklahoma and 34 residences in Kansas were destroyed with over 100 outbuildings destroyed or damaged in both states.
Although the total economic impact for fires across the state remains unknown, the preliminary estimate for the Northwest Oklahoma Complex fires is $16 million, with an estimated $14.6 million in damage to cattle operations alone.
Geissler (note: Oklahoma State Forester George Geissler) said it's difficult to determine a dollar amount statewide, as the fires have affected different terrains.
Grass fires have burned acres that are used to feed livestock but also have burned areas that have little to no economic importance. Acres of wooded areas have burned, causing a loss for lumber and paper mills in eastern Oklahoma, and thousands of miles of fence have been destroyed, which Geissler said costs about $10,000 per mile to install.
For more information:
- News OK (April 2, 2017) photo gallery of woodlands and grasslands burned in NW OK wildfires.
- Washington Times April 3rd article on Oklahoma county recovers from wildfire
- Ranchers move forward after devastating wildfire but say road will be long and hard for some NewsChannel 4 KFOR with video (March 30th)
I offer my thoughts and prayers for all who were affected by the Northwest Oklahoma Complex as well as those affected by wildfires elsewhere in the Plains (Texas, other areas of Kansas and Oklahoma, Colorado, etc.).