Wednesday wildfire update

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 6:06pm

Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to13 fires for 1,035 acres.

Today the Texas Forest Service responded to 4 new calls for assistance from local fire departments.

New Fires:

Hardin County, No. 245 - 200 acres; 4 homesand 4 structures threatened. A TFS Helicopter is being used on this fire.

Polk County, No. 244 - 5 acres; arson. Assisted Alabama Coushatta Nation VFD. Fire is controlled.

Freestone County, No. 108 - 8 acres.

Gregg County, No. 109 - TFS Tractor Plow unit is responding to this fire. No other information at this time.

 

Previously Reported Fires:

Garza and Crosby Counties, Killough Fire - Fire is 90% contained at 13,000 acres

Kent County, Cooper Mountain Ranch Fire - 20,000 acres; 0% containment. TFS resources include: Air Tankers, Heavy Helicopters, Bulldozers and Engines plus TIFMAS 2 Task Forces of Engines and Water Tenders, and 2 Strike Teams of Engines. Also, TXDOT and county graders.

Tom Green County, Encino Fire - 12,659 acres; 90% contained. 30 homes threatened.

Nacogdoches County, No. 107 - 8 acres.1 barn threatened yesterday. An additional 7 acres burned today.

Kerr County, Schoelzzow Fire - 400 acres; 80% contained.

Stephens County, Lucas Fire - 400 acres. Located 6 miles southwest of Caddo. TFS resources: air attack, helicopter. Local resources on scene.

Coke County, Wildcat Fire - Located 4 miles south of Eldorado; 70 acres; 75% contained; lightning caused.

Terrell County, Cannon Fire - Lightning caused, no further information.

Crockett County, Sutton Fire - Lightning caused; no further information.

Eastland/Stephens/Palo Pinto Counties, Hohertz Fire - 2,100 acres; located 9 miles NW of Strawn; 100 percent contained.

Terrell County, Sanderson - 3,595 acres; 95 % contained.

Manard County has 6 lightning fires for a total of 551 acres.

Stephens County, Jackson Ranch Fire - 80 acres; located 4 miles E of La Casa. 100% Contained

Stephens County, Lucas Fire - 30 acres.

Liberty County, No. 243 - 25 acres

West Texas -
Trans-Pecos Fire Complex
The Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team is in place to assist with management of fires in the Trans Pecos Complex. This Type 1 national Incident Management Team is comprised of fire personnel from across the 13 southern states and will be managing fires in 36 west Texas counties. For more information on these and other fires in West Texas, contact C.J. Norvell, Blue Team Public Information Officer @ 432-688-9228 or transpecosfires@gmail.commailto:transpecosfires@gmail.com

Rockhouse Fire – Jeff Davis County near Ft. Davis
Current acreage: 108,000 acres 60% contained
Good progress was made along the northern portion of the fire south of Balmorhea yesterday. Firefighters worked to remove burnable fuels (grass, trees and other vegetation) between the fire and values that are at risk such as homes, fences and grazing pastures.

Cannon Group – Pecos County near Iraan
Current acreage: 15,000 acres Unknown containment
The Cannon Group of fires is comprised of the Cannon, DRH and Smokey Mountain fires that are in the same proximity and may have grown together in some areas. The fire was active yesterday increasing in size and causing smoke issues along some roadways in the area.

Wildcat Fire – Coke County near Robert Lee
Current acreage: 66 acres 60% contained

Encino Fire – Tom Green County near Carlsbad
Current acreage: 12,659 acres 90% contained
Firefighters continue to construct control lines to increase containment on this fire in this more urban area.


Hickman Fire – Midland County near Midland
Current acreage: 16,500 acres 98% contained
Firefighters are monitoring this fire and completing control lines. Thirty-four (34) homes were lost plus 62 homes were damaged. It is expected this fire will be completely contained soon.

Roper Fire – Brewster County near Alpine
Current acreage: 41,000 acres 100% contained

McPherson Fire – Sutton County near Sonora
Current acreage: 300+ acres 0% contained

• Fire crews will be working to construct control lines around each of the active fires in the complex.
• Burnout operations will continue today north of the Rockhouse Fire to remove available fuels for the advancing wildfire. Hand crews will also work to put in lines by hand in some of the rougher terrain of the Rockhouse Fire.
• Fire personnel will fly over the Cannon Group to ascertain where the fires may have grown together and get accurate mapping of the blazes.
• Aerial resources will be used when possible. Strong winds predicted for today may
hinder these aerial operations.

Tomorrow's fire weather forecast:

…Critical to Extremely critical fire weather conditions today and a regional outbreak of wind driven wildfires is possible this afternoon…

Critical to extremely critical fire weather conditions are likely over large portions of northwest and north branch today as another low pressure system develops over Oklahoma and the dry lines once again pushes east across northwest and west branch. Sustained winds of 30-35 mph and gusts of 45-50 mph possibly even 55 mph look likely, along with widespread single digit relative humidity this afternoon, over large portions of west and northwest branch. The dry line will extend across the big country to the heartland and across the Edwards plateau by mid afternoon.

East Branch:
Stronger southerly winds today will bring increased moisture across the branch today with minimum relative RH’s ranging from 45-55%. The winds will be out of the south at 10-15 with gusts to 20 mph this afternoon. A cold front will move just to the west of branch later this evening and across the branch overnight and this may bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly to the northern portions of the branch. Some of these storms may be severe overnight.

From Texas Forest Service

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