Northwest Oklahoma Complex fire 42 percent contained; winds bring back elevated fire risk
HARPER COUNTY, Okla. (KOKH) —
Firefighters continue to battle several large fires in northwest Oklahoma as fire danger becomes elevated once again Monday.
Oklahoma Forestry Services says that the Northwest Oklahoma Complex fires are 42 percent contained after crews worked over the weekend to "button-up" the fire. The fire has killed thousands of livestock and destroyed at leats eight homes in Oklahoma. A Buffalo woman died while fighting the fire on her family's farm. OFS officials say that the fire danger will be elevated March 13 as winds are projected to reach up to 30 MPH. The winds could rekindle hot spots and have the possibility to spread at a high rate.
The Starbuck fire in Beaver and Harper counties has now burned 662,687 acres. Of those acres burned, 464,308 acres burned in Kansas and 198,379 acres in Oklahoma. Damage assessments are ongoing in the area.
The Selman fire in Harper and Woodward counties has burned 10 an estimated 47,289 acres 10 miles north of Woodward.
Th 283 fire has burned near the communities of Rosston, Laverne and May. OFS estimates 69,395 acres have burned in the fire.
The Beaver, between Beaver and Elmwood on Highway 273, has burned approximately 2,962 acres.
Despite the weekend's precipitation, residents are urged to avoid outdoor burning. Several organizations have been working to help first responders and those impacted. Find out how to help or get help, here.