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Wildfires burning in western Oklahoma can be seen from space

DEWEY COUNTY, Okla. – Wildfires burning in western Oklahoma can be seen from space, new images from the European Space Agency show.

Dozens of homes have been destroyed in the wildfires burning in western Oklahoma.

So far, the 34 Complex wildfire in Woodward County has burned 67,778 acres and is believed to be about 45 percent contained.

The Laverne Fire in Beaver and Harper counties has burned 100 acres and is 80 percent contained, and the Hooker Fire in Texas County has burned 179 acres but is 100 percent contained.

The Rhea Fire in Dewey County is by far the largest blaze that firefighters are currently battling. It has already consumed 283,095 acres and is about 15 percent contained.

On April 13, the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2b satellite captured the massive scale of the wildfire. The image shows the fire burning just south of Vici.

Sentinel-2 L1C from 2018-04-13 (3)

Sentinel-2 L1C from 2018-04-13 (2)

Sentinel-2 L1C from 2018-04-13 (5)

Sentinel-2 L1C from 2018-04-13 (4)

Sentinel-2 L1C from 2018-04-13 (1)

 

The governor’s burn ban, which will remain in effect indefinitely, covers the following counties:

  • Alfalfa
  • Beaver
  • Beckham
  • Blaine
  • Caddo
  • Canadian
  • Cimarron
  • Comanche
  • Cotton
  • Custer
  • Dewey
  • Ellis
  • Garfield
  • Grady
  • Grant
  • Greer
  • Harmon
  • Harper
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Kay
  • Kingfisher
  • Kiowa
  • Logan
  • Major
  • Noble
  • Oklahoma
  • Osage
  • Pawnee
  • Roger Mills
  • Stephens
  • Texas
  • Tillman
  • Washita
  • Woods
  • Woodward.

Also, all of  Oklahoma City is listed under the burn ban, no matter which county it falls in.