Slow progress made against Oklahoma wildfires

An aerial view of a burned area after a wildfire in Stinnett, Texas, on Friday. - Lokman Vural Elibol/Anadolu/Getty Images


Oklahoma firefighters have made significant progress in fighting their side of the fire that started last week in the Texas Panhandle and burned more than a million acres of land, left two persons dead, killed thousands of head of livestock and destroyed hundreds of homes and farm structures.

The Oklahoma Forestry Division reports the Smokehouse fire that originated in Texas and swept into Ellis and Roger Mills Counties is more than 90% contained. But it still darkened nearly 32,000 acres in the state.

The Catesby Fire in Ellis County burned nearly 91,000 acres and is only 50% contained.

The Slapout Fire in Beaver County burned 26,000 acres and was reported 85% under control as of Tuesday morning.

Fire Activity with OFS Response outside of the Protection Area: 2 New Fires Burned 933 Acres
• Catesby Fire (Ellis County) – 90,699 Acres Est. / 50% Contained
• Slapout Fire (Beaver County) – 26,048 Acres Est. / 85% Contained
• ***Smokehouse Road Fire (Texas / Oklahoma) – 1,078,638 Acres / 15% Contained
o OK Smokehouse (Ellis/Roger Mills Counties) – 31,596 Acres / 90% Contained

Rain chances in Oklahoma this week should assist the firefighters. But most of the rainfall is really expected east of I-35.

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