Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Inhofe says wildfire damage is ‘unprecedented’
WOODWARD, Okla. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says damage from a wildfire that scorched hundreds of square miles in northwestern Oklahoma is “unprecedented.”
Oklahoma’s senior U.S. senator and fellow U.S. Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma spoke to farmers and ranchers in Woodward Friday after visiting some of the fire-damaged areas.
Inhofe says he flew over portions of the region to get an idea of the enormity of damage along the Oklahoma-Kansas border. Inhofe says he’s visited other disaster areas but has never seen anything like the wildfire damage in northwestern Oklahoma.
The wildfire destroyed hundreds of miles of fences, farmers’ and ranchers’ equipment, multiple structures and killed hundreds of head of cattle. About 545 square miles was burned in Oklahoma, where a woman had a deadly heart attack trying to protect her farm.
The Starbuck Wildfire covering Beaver and Harper Counties in Oklahoma as well as several counties in Kansas has covered 623,000 acres which translates to roughly 973.5 square miles. This is for both Oklahoma and Kansas.
The Selman Widfire in Harper and Woodward County has covered 48,000 acres which translates to 75 square miles.
The 283 Fire in Harper County covered 72,000 acres which translates to 112.5 square miles.
In all just these three wildfires have covered 1161 square miles this week. The Oklahoma City metro is approximately 620 square miles which means the wildfires have burned an area nearly two times the size of the Oklahoma City metro area.