Wildfire Continues its Destruction in Oklahoma

More dry, windy weather conditions allowed the Rhea Fire Complex in Dewey County to spread yesterday, increasing its coverage by more than 34,500 acres – bringing the total affected area to 283,095 acres in all. According to the latest reports, the complex remains at only three percent contained.

Most of the growth happened on the northeast side of the fire south of Seiling as strong southwest winds pushed the fire across US Highway 270. The southeast finger of the fire was also active, approximately six miles north of Thomas on the east side of the Canadian River and also near the communities of Camargo and Vici. Firefighters continue to work day and night securing a perimeter around the fire.

The Rhea Fire has affected four counties in western Oklahoma: Blaine, Custer, Dewey, and Woodward. Because evacuations are being issued and rescinded based on rapidly changing fire behavior, residents should contact their county sheriff’s department directly to inquire about evacuations that might pertain to them. Be vigilant today and be prepared for a possible evacuation.

Click here to read the latest report in full on the status of the Rhea Fire Complex.

The hope moving forward is that better weather will grace western Oklahoma for the balance of the week. Forecasts show a chance of rain perhaps over the weekend. That’s the hope and prayer of Pam Livingston, a rancher and AFR Insurance agent from Seiling. AFR’s Sam Knipp caught up with Livingston this week to get her first hand account of the situation playing out. Last Friday, Livingston was forced to evacuate her home. Her family and neighbors have suffered considerable losses of livestock. Read about her experience, by clicking here.

Source: Oklahoma Farm News radio network

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