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SITUATION UPDATE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Situation Update 1

November 26, 2019 – 9 p.m.

WILDFIRES IMPACTING STATE

Due to high fire danger and wildfires across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center is activated today. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas and is coordinating with Oklahoma Forestry Services, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, National Weather Service, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

The National Weather Service issued a Red Flag Fire Warning for all of western Oklahoma and portions of north-central Oklahoma today. A county burn ban is in effect for Texas County and all others are asked to delay any outdoor burning until conditions improve. Do not throw cigarettes out car windows. Report any suspicious smoke or fires to your local law enforcement or fire authority.

MASS CARE

Oklahoma State Department of Health reports Mooreland Heritage Manor evacuated 33 residents to AllianceHealth Woodward in accordance with their emergency operations plan. All residents have now returned to Mooreland Heritage Manor.

Additionally, approximately 5 patients that require oxygen have been moved from Shattuck Nursing Home to Newman Memorial Hospital due to power loss in the area.

American Red Cross provided 250 meals for firefighters in Mooreland and Fargo and operated an evacuation shelter in Woodward.

FIRE REPORTS

Custer County Emergency Management reported a fire in Moorewood. Custer County Wildland Task Force responded as well as Butler, Carmargo, Hammon, Leedy, and Strong City fire departments. Oklahoma Forestry Services also responded to this fire. No damage to structures was reported. 

Dewey County Emergency Management reported a fire in Oakwood. Canton, Eagle City, and Seiling fire departments responded to this fire.

Ellis County Emergency Management reported residents were evacuated due to a wildfire near Fargo and Gage. Major County Wildland Task Force responded to the fire. Dewey County Wildland Task Force has also deployed to assist with this fire. Evacuations have now been lifted.

Hominy Emergency Management reported a wildfire west of Hominy. Fire departments have now been released.

Johnston County Emergency Management reports a wildfire two miles southeast of Fillmore. Coleman and Milburn fire departments are responding.

In Kingfisher County, a wildfire is located near Cashion along the Cimarron Riverbed. Cashion, Dover, Crescent, and Big 4 fire departments are responding. The fire is expected to burn overnight.

Lincoln County Emergency Management reported a wildfire on 3430 Road near Sparks.

Muskogee County Emergency Management reports a fire northwest of Haskell. Four fire departments are on scene.

Newkirk Emergency Management reported a fire at NE Pecan Road and E Adobe Road north of Kildare in Kay County.

Noble County Emergency Management reported a fire at US-177 and Badlands Road east of Marland. Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports US-177 was temporarily closed as a result of the fire.

Pottawatomie County Emergency Management reported a fire in northern Pottawatomie County. McCloud and Prague fire departments responded and the fire is now contained.

Rogers County Emergency Management reports approximately 10 small fires burned throughout the day, including one fire in Collinsville that burned 300 acres.

Stillwater Emergency Management reports Stillwater Fire Department responded to two fires earlier today and is currently responding to a fire near 44th and Vassar Road. Coyle, Langston, Mulhall, Orlando, Perkins, and Rock Township fire departments are also assisting with this fire.

Woodward County Emergency Management reports residents in Mooreland were evacuated earlier today due to a wildfire. Wildland Task Forces from Harper, Major, and Woods counties responded to the fire.

FIRE MANAGEMENT ASSISTANCE GRANTS SECURED

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state’s request for Fire Management Assistance Grants (FMAGs) for the Highway 50 Fire that prompted evacuations in Mooreland in Woodard County and the Gage Fire that prompted evacuations in Fargo and Gage in Ellis County. The grants will help reimburse local governments, volunteer fire departments and other first responders for costs associated with responding to the fires. The authorization makes FEMA funding available to reimburse 75 percent of state, local and tribal government eligible firefighting costs for the designated fires. Federal fire management assistance is provided through the President’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Agencies are advised to document all costs related to equipment and supplies (including fuel), labor costs, travel and per diem, temporary repairs of damage caused by firefighting activities, mobilization and demobilization. OEM will continue to assess the need for additional federal assistance.

POWER OUTAGES

Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 15,453 outages at 8 p.m. Outages are listed below.

OG&E Total - 9,416

Oklahoma City - 2,606

Shattuck - 1992

Depew - 1712 

Guthrie - 1515 

Paden - 404  

Chandler - 381 

Yukon - 318 

Enid - 198 

El Reno - 96  

Bethany - 82 

Kellyville - 63 

 

PSO (by county) - Total 4,303

Tulsa - 3,322

Creek - 356

Caddo - 254

Wagoner - 101

Washington - 96

Mayes - 54

Osage - 50

Pittsburg - 20

Rogers - 19

Craig - 12

Delaware - 11

Ottawa - 5

Comanche - Fewer than 5

 

Cooperatives (by county)

 

Verdigris Valley Electric Cooperative - Total 803

Nowata - 9

Osage - 76

Rogers - 200

Tulsa - 54

Washington - 464

 

Northwestern Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Total 382

Woodward - 382

 

Central Electric Cooperative - Total 339

Lincoln - 1

Logan - 336

Noble - 1

Payne - 1

 

Alfalfa Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Total 90

Alfalfa - 70

Woods - 20

 

Indian Electric Cooperative, Inc. - Total 53

Creek - 21

Osage - 7

Pawnee - 22

Payne - 2

Tulsa - 1

 

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative – Total 37

Delaware - 2

Ottawa - 1

Rogers - 34

 

Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - Total 30

Cleveland - 30

DIAL 211

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.

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