More Than 460,000 Acres Burned in Over 1,000 Wildfires Across the State During a Dry, Windy 2018
Source - Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food & Forestry
via Oklahoma Farm Report - 09 Jan 2019
More Than 460,000 Acres Burned in Over 1,000 Wildfires Across the State During a Dry, Windy 2018 Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) has released its Calendar Year 2018 wildfire statistics as it prepares for the dry, windy weather so common now through spring green-up. It reports that 2018 was another busy year for wildfire suppression, responding to and assisting on a total of 1,086 fires that burned approximately 466,864 acres. While it is the state’s lead wildland firefighting agency, Oklahoma Forestry Services works alongside local fire departments and interagency partners to achieve efficient and effective wildfire suppression. Wildfires can occur during any month of the year in Oklahoma. However, fire activity is typically the heaviest during the months of January through April when live wildland fuels across the state are dormant.
March experienced 436 wildfires, the highest number in a single month in 2018. April saw the most acres burned (367,458) during the year. April also hosted the most challenging single day, April 12th, with numerous large and devastating fires occurring. Some of the exceptional fires include the Rhea Fire in Dewey County, the 34 Complex Fire in Woodward County and the Shaw Fire in Roger Mills County. See a breakdown of Oklahoma wildfire monthly details, by clicking the link below...
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