Firefighters continue to monitor control lines on the
Anderson Creek Fire, reinforcing areas that may be of concern given the fire
weather forecast for tomorrow. Due to
improved mapping, flight acreage of the fire was able to be more accurately
calculated. Oklahoma Forestry Services officials report the 367,620 acre fire is now 95% contained. Containment is now estimated at 98% for the
portion of the fire in Woods County, OK.
Kansas officials are reporting the fire to be 81% contained in Barber
County and 90% contained in Comanche County.
“Yesterday’s strong winds and low relative humidity
was a good test of fire containment lines. There was minimal internal smoke, with
very little fire activity along the fire perimeter,” stated George
Geissler, Director of Oklahoma Forestry Services.
A Red Flag
Warning is in effect for Cimarron and Texas Counties in the Panhandle
today. Within the warned area,
temperatures around 76°, predominantly clear skies and relative humidity values
10-15%. This will result in very dry
grasses and small diameter vegetation.
If a fire initiates, it can be expected to exhibit quick growth and
potential for extreme fire behavior.
Due to this potential
behavior, outdoor burning is strongly discouraged. Citizens are asked to call and report any smoke or fires to their
nearest fire department.
A Fire Weather Watch has
been issued for tomorrow, March 30, 2016, across a large section of western Oklahoma
including the following counties: Cimarron, Texas, Alfalfa, Major, Dewey,
Custer, Washita, Kiowa, Harper, Woods, Ellis, Woodward, Roger Mills, Beckham,
Harmon and Greer. Critical fire weather
is expected throughout the afternoon into this evening with low relative
humidity and southwest winds potentially gusting to 45 mph.
Services and the Lone Star State Incident Management Team assigned to the
incident has been working with local officials to report over 1,000 bales of hay, hundreds of miles of
fence line and approximately 600 cattle were lost in the Oklahoma portion of
the Anderson Creek Fire. Oklahoma Emergency Management damage assessments of
structure loss are on-going. Kansas and
Oklahoma officials report 16 residential structures and 25 other minor
structures were destroyed. There have
been no reports of injuries or fatalities on the fire in Oklahoma and Kansas.
A county burn ban is in place in Texas, Harper and
Cimarron Counties. Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state’s lead agency
related to wildland fire prevention, protection and use. For additional
information about wildfires, visit www.forestry.ok.gov/wildfire-information.
Posted on Tue, March 29, 2016
by Communications filed under