The Woodward News

Local News

July 24, 2012

Firefighters continue to battle blaze

Woodward, Okla. — Throughout the day on Monday, firefighters from across the area continued to battle a fire in the southeast portion of Woodward County near Cedardale.

The fire started late Saturday afternoon and no structural damage has been reported said Matt Lehenbauer, Woodward emergency management director.

On Monday, Lehenbauer said the flames had burned through about 2,500 acres of land. The fire was brought under control each night but flare-ups during the day caused the fire to re-ignite

PROBLEMS FIREFIGHTERS ARE FACING

"There's so many trees out there, that's a big part of the problem," said Tommy Roedell, District 1 county commissioner. "As the wind comes up, it rekindles trees that are smoldering."

With leaves of the cedar trees easily ignited, fires were created downwind quite a bit, Roedell said.

Another problem firefighters face is the rough terrain in which they have to travel on to get to the main source of the problem - the trees. Roedell said equipment from all 3 districts in Woodward County, as well as equipment from Major and Ellis counties, is being used to help.

There are several dozers, blades and water trucks supplying water to fire trucks to assist the firefighters he said.

Not only is it difficult for firefighters to get to the hot spots, but the rough terrain is also causing equipment breakdowns Lehenbauer said.

"We're getting trucks repaired and in-service though," he said.

Other problems firefighters have been facing are lack of manpower and resources.

"One big issue we've had is the large fire in the Eagle City area out towards Oakwood," Lehenbauer said. "That's drawn some of our resources."

Lack of manpower also stems from most of the firefighters in the area being volunteers and having to return to work on Monday, the emergency manager said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Traveler Majors take regional opener

    ALVA - The Traveler Majors continued their strong Connie Mack playoff showing at Northwestern Oklahoma State University Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • County OKs road use agreement

    Woodward County Commissioners on Monday approved a final version of a road use agreement between a energy company planning a wind turbine construction project near southeast Woodward County.

    July 22, 2014

  • Camp to show art is everywhere

    The Woodward Arts Theatre will become a recycling plant next week.

    July 22, 2014

  • Fairview Wrangler Rodeo turns 50 this year

    Western fun continues in Northwest Oklahoma as the Fairview Wrangler’s hosting their 50th annual rodeo.

    July 22, 2014

  • Common Core repeal has educators worried

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the Legislature's repeal of tough, new English and math standards known as Common Core, education leaders said they're concerned Oklahoma students will fall further behind their counterparts in more than 40 state which have implemented the standards.

    July 22, 2014

  • web1.jpg Travelers win Connie Mack state championship

    Down 2-0 and down to their final three outs, the Traveler Majors delivered a championship rally in the seventh inning Sunday.

    July 20, 2014 9 Photos

  • Hearing set on rezoning

    City commissioners will tackle rezoning items and a licensing agreement amendment Monday evening at the regularly scheduled meeting of the City of Woodward and Woodward Municipal Authority.

    July 20, 2014

  • Red Cross seeking additional volunteers

    The Red Cross is currently looking for volunteers in Woodward and the surrounding areas.

    July 20, 2014

  • Changes in military surplus program still causing some problems

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Cities, counties and school districts remain frozen out of a federal program that has sent millions of dollars worth of trenchers, trailers, semis, bulldozers, boats and forklifts and other equipment over the years.

    July 20, 2014

  • Love for Dr. Waddell easy to see

    Doctor Donald Waddell is known by many names by many people.

    July 20, 2014 1 Video