The Megafire Burning in Oklahoma

In western Oklahoma, a region suffering through an exceptionally harsh drought and now enduring dangerously hot and dry conditions, several wildfires have recently broken out, including the Rhea Fire, a “megafire” which has burned more than 260,000 acres since April 12. Megafire is a term used by the National Interagency Fire Center for a wildfire larger than 100,000 acres. The Rhea Fire, one of four major wildfires currently burning across Oklahoma, has claimed two lives so far, destroyed dozens of homes, and is expected to remain uncontained through the weekend.

This April 13, 2018, satellite image from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2B shows part of the Rhea Fire burning just south of the town of Vici, Oklahoma, visible at lower left.

This April 13, 2018, satellite image from the European Space Agency's Sentinel-2B shows part of the Rhea Fire burning just south of the town of Vici, Oklahoma, visible at lower left.
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The Rhea Fire burns in the distance behind a wind farm near Seiling, Oklahoma, on April 17, 2018.

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Nick Oxford / Reuters

The wildfire burns through a grove of red cedar trees near Seiling, Oklahoma, on April 17, 2018.

The Rhea fire burns through a grove of red cedar trees near Seiling
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A firefighter works to control the Rhea Fire near Seiling on April 17, 2018.

A firefighter works to control the Rhea fire near Seiling
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A grove of trees destroyed by the Rhea Fire is seen near Taloga, Oklahoma

A grove of trees destroyed by the Rhea Fire is seen near Taloga, Oklahoma
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Pastures burned by the Rhea Fire near Taloga.

Pastures burnt by the Rhea Fire are seen near Taloga, Oklahoma
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Cattle that were killed by the Rhea Fire, pictured near Taloga on April 17, 2018.

Dead cattle that were killed by the Rhea fire are pictured near Taloga
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The remains of Larry and Arlinda Lynes’s home, which was destroyed by the Rhea Fire near Taloga, photographed on April 17, 2018.

The remains of Larry and Arlinda Lynes home that was destroyed by the Rhea fire is pictured near Taloga
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Arlinda and Larry Lynes stand in front of what remains of their home near Taloga, Oklahoma, on April 17, 2018.

Arlinda and Larry Lynes stand in front of what remains of their home that was destroyed by the Rhea fire near Taloga
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Johnny Lynes sifts through the remains of his parents home on April 17, 2018.

Johnny Lynes sifts through the remains of his parents home that was destroyed by the Rhea fire near Taloga
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The Rhea Fire burns through a grove of red cedar trees near Seiling on April 17, 2018.

The Rhea fire burns through a grove of red cedar trees near Seiling
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A Canadair CL-415 performs a water drop on the Rhea Fire near Seiling on April 17, 2018.

A CL-415 performs a water drop on the Rhea fire near Seiling
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The sun sets through smoke from the Rhea Fire on a wind farm near Seiling on April 17, 2018.

The sun sets through smoke from the Rhea Fire on a wind farm near Seiling
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Firefighters struggle to control the Rhea Fire near Seiling on April 17, 2018.

Firefighters struggle to control the Rhea Fire near Seiling
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Source – theatlantic.com

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