in Oklahoma and Kansas continue to work on containment of the Anderson Creek
Fire as fire weather persists and increases over the weekend in northwest
Oklahoma and the Panhandle.
Anderson Creek Fire has burned a total of 367,630 acres across both states and
is 95 percent contained, meaning that 95 percent of the fire perimeter is
secured and expected to hold. Containment is at 98 percent for the portion of
the fire in Woods County, OK. Kansas officials are reporting 100 percent
containment in Comanche County and 89 percent containment in Barber County. Firefighters
in Barber County worked to suppress hotspots within the fire perimeter, as the
fire burned another estimated 10 acres Thursday. Structural losses for the fire
have been updated to include 19 residences and 25 minor structures. Damage
assessments are ongoing in the nearly 600 square mile area affected by the fire.
There have been no reports of injuries or fatalities on the fire in Oklahoma
the containment percentage numbers sound high, I want people to understand
that, with a fire of this magnitude, there is still a lot of fire perimeter to
be checked and secured.,” said George Geissler, Director of Oklahoma Forestry
Services. “And with fire weather
conditions continuing, we can see flare-ups with this fire, as well as new
weather conditions will be favorable in western Oklahoma and the Panhandle with
warm temperatures, gusty southwest winds and low relative humidity on
Sunday. As crews continue to patrol,
mop-up and suppress hotspots on the Anderson Creek Fire, the public is urged to
avoid any activity that could cause a spark and to call their local fire
department if they see fire or smoke.
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,
How you can help
producers who have been impacted by the fire need to contact their county Farm
Service Agency (FSA) office. The FSA office has programs that can assist
producers who have lost cattle, hay and grass due to the wildland
fires. Agriculture producers can locate and find the contact information
for their FSA county office at http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=ok&agency=fsa.
those who would like to contribute monetarily, you can do so by mail or online
via the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation. Make checks payable to Oklahoma
Cattlemen’s Foundation and put “Fire Relief” in the memo line and send to P.O.
Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148. To donate online, visit http://okcattlemen.org/woodscountycattlemenfirerelieffund.aspx.
Kansas, regarding donation requests for hay or fencing materials, residents may
contact Kansas Livestock Association representatives. Residents should contact
Sandra Levering in Coldwater at 620-518-2247 or Chris Boyd in Medicine Lodge at
Posted on Fri, April 1, 2016