Nearly 30,000 acres burned in Beaver County
March 11, 2020
Fire departments from Alfalfa and Woods counties were among those responding Saturday to the 412 Fire in Beaver County. Monday, the Oklahoma Forestry Service was reporting the fire as 50 percent contained. The fire burned an estimated 29,120 acres. Some structures were burned and the town of Beaver was evacuated for a time. Currently, the area is being monitored for hot spots or flare ups.
Some Woods County firefighters also responded to a grass fire east of Freedom in the area of Harper Road and County Road 270 on Saturday.
If you’re wondering how to help folks in Beaver County impacted by the fire, here’s a message from Beaver County Emergency Management posted Sunday:
Beaver County Emergency Management would like to thank all those who have helped over the last 36 hours in response to the emergency we faced yesterday. We are still finalizing the numbers and information, but there is no doubt that the FD, EM, NWS, LE, EMS, Red Cross, transportation and volunteer personnel across the board were numerous, and from many counties, states and organizations. Your dedication and hard work did not go unnoticed in any capacity, and over the next days, weeks and months, will continue to be appreciated as we help those affected continue in recovery.
Many donations have already come in, and are in the process of being distributed as we are able, but the families affected will also need time to regroup before they can accept much. We encourage everyone at this time to ensure that the needs of their local fire and EMS departments are being met in order for them to properly respond in case of future incidents, and we will continue to share updates as they become available. Again, THANK YOU to the many who went above and beyond for our community.