Updated numbers as of 4/23/2018:
- Rhea fire has burned more than 285,00 acres which is equal to more than 440 square miles (estimated 74% contained)
- The 34 Complex fire has burned more than 62,000 acres (equal to almost 100 square miles) and is about 94% contained
- Both fires have estimated costs above $2 Million
- Central portions of Oklahoma did the best with the weekend rainfall but areas around the fires did receive more than half an inch
Fires are burning in western Oklahoma.
They have covered hundreds of thousands of miles and left two people dead.
Oklahoma Forestry Services officials said Seiling, Oklahoma, is being evacuated over the fires. Firefighters in the area later clarified that they had warned area residents of the fire, but Seiling residents were not forced to evacuate.
Oakwood residents, on the other hand, were evacuated Tuesday.
Here are the latest updates from the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management:
MULTI-AGENCY RESOURCE CENTER TO OPEN SUNDAY
A Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will open Sunday in Taloga for three days in response to wildfires impacting the area. The MARC will include numerous agencies affiliated with the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) as well as public agencies including Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, Oklahoma Insurance Department, and Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
The MARC will be located at the Taloga Fairgrounds at 210 S. Broadway in Taloga. Hours are listed below:
- Sunday, April 22 – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
- Monday, April 23 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 24 – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
An additional MARC will open at the Woodward Conference Center at 3401 Centennial Lane in Woodward on Friday, April 27 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rhea Fire – Oklahoma Forestry Services reports this fire is now estimated at 289,078 acres.
34 Complex Fire – Oklahoma Forestry Services reports this fire is now estimated at 62,089 acres. Reduced acreage is due to better mapping.
- Burns - 1
- Smoke inhalation/heat-related injuries – 19
- Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation - Make checks payable to Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation with "Fire Relief" in the memo line and mail to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148 or donate online at www.okcattlemen.org
- Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Foundation - Make checks payable to the Oklahoma Farmers and Ranchers Foundation with "Wildfire Relief" in the memo line and mail to 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, OK 73105 or donate online at www.okfarmingandranching.org
- Oklahoma Farmers Union Foundation - Make checks payable to Farmers Union Foundation, Inc., with "Wildfire Relief" in the memo line and mail to the attention of Wildfire Relief at P.O. Box 24000, Oklahoma City, OK 73124.
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