Another round of major wildfires struck Tuesday, April 5th, with elevated fire weather conditions again affecting Oklahoma. The largest of the several reported was the 350 Complex in Northwestern Woodward and Harper Counties.
Firefighters in Oklahoma continued to battle the 350 Complex Fire that as of April 8th had burned approximately 57,440 acres (an area larger than Washington DC). The fire ignited from arcing power lines early April 5th, and was pushed rapidly to the north by gusty winds that reached over 50 mph. No towns or cities faced an imminent threat from the fire but authorities did urge the residents of Freedom (about 170 miles NW of Oklahoma City) to evacuate their homes on April 5th. Oil and agricultural infrastructure were still at risk as of April 8th.
A Type 2 Incident Management Team took command of the incident April 7th to organize the suppression effort that had only achieved 20% containment as of April 8th. There were over 115 firefighters and multiple aircraft on scene. Structures were reportedly lost, but a damage assessment had yet to be accomplished due to active fire behavior on the complex. No injuries or deaths as a result of the fire had been reported as of April 8th.
350 Complex Location and Latest Fire Perimeter in Northwestern Oklahoma