WOODWARD, Okla. — Over 100 firefighters continue to battle the Boiling Springs Fire.
The fire began Monday around 2:30 p.m. as strong gusty winds pushed the fire to grow very quickly.
“We have to praise the herculean effort by both the Woodward and Mooreland fire departments for their initial attack efforts when this fire started,” said Drew Daily, Oklahoma Forestry Services fire management forester, “and they did an outstanding job pulling in wild land task forces and organizing state, local and county resources.”
Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) is in unified command with Woodward and Mooreland fire chiefs. The teaming allows the local jurisdictions to utilize local resources battling the fire, and allows those who handled the overnight firefighting efforts to get some much needed rest.
The Oklahoma Army National Guard is also assisting firefighters as they battle the large wildfire.
Weather conditions Tuesday allowed firefighters to make impressive progress in extinguishing the fire.
As of right now, the Oklahoma Emergency Management personnel have confirmed that at least six structures have been lost though that number is expected to increase.
According to Ready Woodward, the wildfire has caused more than $1,120,000 in damage.
All evacuations have been lifted and no road closures are in place, though local residents are encouraged to continue to avoid the fire area if possible due to fire traffic.
The “Daily Wildfire Situation Report” contains information about recent fire activity, predicted fire weather, and has a link for current burn bans.