From the Oklahoma Forestry Services: Continuing fire weather conditions have resulted in the growth of the largest wildfire actively burning in the state, as well as the start of multiple new fires.
The 350 Complex in Woodward County which is the largest fire that began this week, has reached approximately 57,440 acres burned and is 20 percent contained. The fire was caused by power lines that arced in the high winds to come into contact with trees and grass Tuesday. This fire, which was the result of four separate fires merging together, continues to exhibit extreme fire behavior, flare ups and rapid rates of spread. Approximately 230 personnel are working the fire, with multiple aircraft, including single engine air tankers, very large air tankers and the CL-415 (Super Scoopers), providing aerial suppression.
Due to the complexity of the fire, Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) ordered a Type 2 Incident Management Team from Texas A&M Forest Service to manage the fire in unified command with Oklahoma Forestry Services and the Woodward Fire Department.
Oklahoma Forestry Services has established a statewide area command in Oklahoma City to prioritize the allocation of state and federal resources. State and federal aircraft remain prepositioned across the state to support on-going and emerging incidents. Additional wildland fire suppression resources have been ordered from the Southern Forest Fire Compact to assist with on-going and new initial attack incidents.