Rhea Wildfire: Photos and Videos (April 12, 2018)

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On April 12, 2018, extreme fire danger was present across Western Oklahoma. What became known as the Rhea Wildfire broke out just after noon along Highway 47 in Dewey County, Oklahoma near the community of Rhea.

We we already planning on being out and about looking for wildfires but in the meantime planned on doing some landscape photography. However, we noticed a hot spot develop on satellite imagery and then spotted the smoke plume quickly and arrived on the wildfire shortly after 2 pm.

Rhea Wildfire Photos

Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Helicopter making runs on the fireline.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Another shot of the helicopter making runs on the Rhea Wildfire.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Because of the lack of roads within the Canadian river valley, fighting the fire here was next to impossible. Here is the wildfire burning in the Canadian river valley east of Leedey, Oklahoma.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Another Black and white of the Rhea Wildfire in the Canadian River valley.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
The wildfire vigorously burning in the Canadian River Valley on April 12, 2018.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Here’s a pyrocumulus cloud which formed on the smoke plume of the fire. These were visible throughout much of the day around western Oklahoma.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Rhea Wildfire as the sun lowers W of Taloga, OK. April 12, 2018.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Black and white of the fire line advancing W of Taloga, OK in the Rhea Wildfire. April 12, 2018.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Flames shooting up on the fireline as it advances quickly northward. April 12, 2018.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Another shot of the smoke plume. At times, the plume looked like an apocalyptic end of the world scene. This image taken west of the fireline in the late afternoon.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Rather super wide view of the fire and smoke plume.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Due to cedars, Flames would jump over 100′ in the air as the fire reached groves of Cedar trees. The cedars are extremely flammable, as they are filled with oils that are like putting gasoline on the fire. April 12, 2018.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Another Black and white of the Rhea Wildfire.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Smoke was everywhere and highly concentrated thanks to strong winds. This made for excellent viewing conditions from the side of the fire, which was one helpful piece for firefighting efforts amongst otherwise near impossible conditions. April 12, 2018.
Rhea, Oklahoma Wildfire April 12 2018
Another shot of the smoke plume. April 12, 2018.

Rhea Wildfire Video

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