Monday wildfire update

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 12:02pm

Texas Forest Service Evening Fire Update Monday, April 18, 2011


Yesterday, Texas Forest Service responded to 20 new fires for 6,409 acres.
Texas Forest Service has responded to 8 new fires today.


NEW FIRES
Harrison County, No. 146 - unknown acres. Initial report, Marshall PD requested assistance at 1010 Commerce St. in the Business Park, fire is threatening a business and products from the business.

Nacogdoches County, No. 133 - 2 acres. This is spot fire from Fire No.127, 1 house and outbuilding threatened/saved.

Tyler County, CR 4600 Fire (No. 285) - 130 acres. 20 year-old plantation. A TFS Air Attack, 2 helicopters, 5 dozers, and a TXARNG Blackhawk helicopter responded to this fire.

Tyler County, No. 286 - 6 acres, 1 dozer, thinned plantation. 100% contained.

Tyler County, No. 283 - 15 acres. Two TFS dozers responded. Cause is under investigation.

Tyler County, No. 284 - 40 acres. Fire is controlled. Three TFS dozers and 2 TXARNG Helicopters responded. Cause is under investigation.

Stephens County, Mossy Rock Ranch Fire - 200 acres, 30% contained. A TIFMAS Strike Team of engines is assisting local fire departments.

Shackelford County, un-named fire – 20 acres. Oilfield infrastructure is threatened. A TIFMAS Strike Team of engines is assisting local fire departments.

CARRYOVER FIRES

Travis County, Pinnacle Fire - 100 acres, 8 homes destroyed, 10 severely damaged. 2 MAFF C-130’s were used on this fire yesterday dropping 12,000 gallons of retardant.
Jones County, CR 310 - 100 acres, 90 percent contained.

Walker County, No. 281 – 50 acres, slopover.

Jack County, Bryson Fire Complex, two fires - 7,500 acres. 14 businesses and 140 home and outbuildings were threatened. 70 people evacuated yesterday. 50 percent contained. Hwy 380 E is closed at Albert Road to Hwy 281.
Motley County, Middle Pease Fire - 400 acres. No TFS resources on this fire today. 75% contained.
Tyler and Hardin Counties, Pipeline Fire (No. 260) - 7,000 acres, fire had two heads at one time. TFS resources committed to this fire today include 2 TXARNG blackhawks, air attack, 2 TFS helicopters, 4 tractor plow units, a National Parks dozer, a TIMO dozer and a private dozer.
Wichita County, Wichita County Complex - 11,795 acres in 3 separate fires, 90% contained: Iowa Park West, Missile, and Holiday Fires. No TFS resources were committed to this complex today.
Stonewall, Knox and King Counties, Swenson Fire - 120,000 acres, 90 percent contained. 3 ranch complexes threatened. TFS resources responding today include Air Attack, a heavy helicopter, a Task Force of dozers and engines, and 2 TIFMAS Strike Teams of engines.
Kent, Stonewall, Fisher and Scurry Counties - Cooper Mtn Ranch Fire. - 162,473 acres, 122 mile perimeter. 80% contained. There were 4 homes lost earlier. TFS resources responding today include a heavy helicopter, 2 task forces of dozers and engines, 20-person hand crew and 3 strike teams of TIFMAS engines.
Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties, PK West Fire, Hohertz Fire, Jackson Ranch and PK East Fires are being combined into the PK Complex - These 4 fires are burning in close proximity to each other and some have burned together. 63,000 acres. 25% contained. 32 homes and one church have been destroyed since the fire started along with an estimated 90 head of cattle. An Incident Command Post has been established south of Strawn on Hwy 16. TFS resources committed to these 4 fires today include an Air Attack, 2 heavy Helitankers, three 20-person hand crews, 4 Task Forces of dozers and engines, 7 TIFMAS Strike Teams of engines, and 3 TIFMAS Task Forces of engines and water tenders .
Eastland County, East Sidywnicks - 3,000 acres. 95 percent contained. TFS resources have been released from this fire.
Dimmit County, Diamond H Fire - 115 acres. 100% contained.
The following counties had uncontrolled carryover fires today totaling 2,761 acres that were unstaffed by TFS resources but flyovers were being conducted to monitor any wildfire activity: Cherokee, Shelby, Houston, Trinity, Harris, Liberty, Nacogdoches, Walker, Montgomery, Hardin, Orange and Jasper.

WEST TEXAS TRANS PECOS COMPLEX

The Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team is continuing to assist with management of active fires in the Trans Pecos Complex. For more information on these and other fires in West Texas, contact C.J. Norvell, Blue Team Public Information Officer at 432-688-9234 or transpecosfires@gmail.com<mailto:transpecosfires@gmail.com>
Most Active Fires:
Coke County, Wildcat Fire near Grape Creek - 103,772 acres, 10 percent contained.
Yesterday, residents were evacuated and roads were closed. Wildcat exhibited extreme fire behavior with flame lengths of 5-8 ft and spotting up to .75 miles away. Today, fire crews will continue to construct control lines to hold the fire and assist with any evacuations. Crews on the ground will continue to be aided by aerial resources such as helicopters, SEATs, and MAAFS (Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems).

Jeff Davis County, Rockhouse Fire near Ft. Davis - 191,066 acres, 75 percent contained. Firefighters on the ground and aerial resources will continue to focus on the NW flank of the fire to prevent spread into Bob Manning Canyon. Crews will mop up, patrol, and continue burnout operations to remove unburned fuels.

Crockett County, Sutton Fire near Ozona - 10,000 acres, 60 percent contained. Fire crews plan to construct control lines and hold.

Andrews County, Frying Pan Ranch Fire near Andrews - 80,907 acres, 80 percent contained.

Sutton County, McPherson Fire near Sonora - 1,500 acres, 60 percent contained.

Tom Green County, Encino Fire near Carlsbad - 12,659 acres, 90 percent contained.
Pecos County, Cannon Group near Iraan - 41, 521 acres
Cannon Fire: 9,248 acres, 80 percent contained
DHR: 26,284 acres, 80 percent contained
Little Smokey: 27,895 acres, 80 percent contained
Yates Field: 300 acres, 80 percent contained
Today:

* Fire crews are working to construct and hold lines and assist with evacuations when needed.
* Aerial resources continue to monitor and perform water and retardant drops.
* Military resources including four dozers, four MAAFS (Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems), and a contracted DC-10 airtanker are available to help.
* Fires are expected to continue to move north with winds predicted to be from the south. Very high temperatures and very low relative humidity could easily cause new fires to start and existing fires to spread quickly.
* Today forecasters are predicting a Haines Index of 6, which means a high likelihood for existing fires to become large based on measurements of atmospheric instability and dryness.


TOMORROW’S FIRE WEATHER FORECAST

North-Northwest-West-Central-South Branches …Critical fire weather condition in West, Northwest, Western North Branch and Northern South Branch… Critical to Extremely critical fire weather conditions will once again occur over all of west and Northwest branch today as the dry line pushes to the east and extends along and just to the west of I-35. The strongest winds will occur over the south plains and into the low rolling plains were the winds will be sustained at 30 with gusts from 40 to 45 mph. The winds will be gusty over the remainder of west and northwest branch at 25 mph with gusts from 35-40 mph. behind the dry line minimum RH’s will fall into single digits by early afternoon. Moisture will increase out ahead of the dry line over eastern north and central branch with minimum RH’s ranging from 30 to 50 percent with gusty south winds.
East Branch:
Moisture will continue to spread north across the branch today with gusty southerly winds prevailing through the afternoon hours. Minimum RH’s will remain in the 40 to 50 percent range through the day. A cold front will move into the area on Wednesday and this bring a chance for showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday.

For information on road closures please go to http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm or call 800 452-9292.

Currently there are approximately 1,586 firefighting personnel being managed by the Texas Forest Service from 35 states assigned to Texas fires. This figure does not include Volunteer Fire Department responders.

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