Firefighters in Oklahoma dealing with numerous wildfires

Oklahoma is one of six states under a Red Flag Warning for Friday.

(Originally published at 10:17 a.m. MDT March 23, 2018)

For the last week firefighters in Oklahoma have been busy attacking a rash of wildfires. Personnel have poured in to help from Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Alabama, and Georgia. One of the largest groups of resources came from Kentucky which mobilized eight engines, two dozers, and 23 personnel to help battle the fires.

There are at least 42 fires in the state larger than 100 acres. The 10,816-acre Biggy Fire is one of several about 20 miles northwest of Tulsa.

Wildfires northwest Tulsa, Oklahoma map
Wildfires northwest of Tulsa, Oklahoma, March 22, 2018.

The Trentman Fire has burned 4,300 acres about 9 miles west of Bowring. At least six fires were burning Thursday in Okmulgee County. Officials said several were started intentionally.

On Friday the western side of Oklahoma was under a Red Flag Warning for low humidity and strong winds.

Red Flag Warnings enhanced wildfire danger
Red Flag Warnings for enhanced wildfire danger, March 23, 2018. Central Florida is also under a Red Flag Warning.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. Google+