Wednesday wildfire update

Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 10:53am

Yesterday, Texas Forest Service responded to 10 new fires for 2,184 acres. Since
April 6th, Texas Forest Service has responded to fires that have burned more
than one million acres.

Texas Forest Service has responded to new fires today.
The Southern Area Red Team, Type I Incident Management Team (IMT) (Wilder Team),
assumed the management of the PK Complex Fire today. The Florida Type II IMT
(Florida Red Team) has been ordered to support East Texas. A tanker base has
been set up in Midland to support a DC-10 airtanker. Dyess Air Force Base has
set up a tanker base to support the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System
(MAFFS) units on four USAF C-130s.

NEW FIRES
Newton County, No. 294 – 1 acre. Fire is reported to be contained and
controlled.
Cherokee County, No. 135 – 3 acres. Fire is reported to be contained and
controlled. Cause is under investigation.
Harrison County, No. 148 – 1 acre. Fire is reported to be contained and
controlled.
Deaf Smith County, Adrian Fire – 1000 acres. One home threatened.

CARRYOVER FIRES

Harrison County, No. 148 – 1 acre. Fire is controlled. Cause was debris burning.

Tyler County, CR 4600 Fire (No. 285) - 130 acres. 100% contained. Cause under
investigation.

Tyler County, No. 286 - 6 acres, controlled. Cause is under investigation.

Stephens County, Mossy Rock Ranch Fire - 800 acres, 90 percent contained.

Shackleford County, Sedwick Fire – 30 acres. Fire is 70 percent contained.

Travis County, Pinnacle Fire - 100 acres. On Sunday 8 homes destroyed, 10
severely damaged. Fire is expected to be declared controlled later this
afternoon.
Jones County, CR 310 - 100 acres, 90 percent contained.

Jack County, Bryson Fire Complex, two fires - 7,500 acres. Initially, 14
businesses and 140 home and outbuildings were threatened and 70 people were
evacuated. 95 percent contained.
Motley County, Middle Pease Fire - 400 acres. No TFS resources on this fire
today. 90 percent contained.
Tyler and Hardin Counties, Pipeline Fire (No. 260) - 7,000+ acres, fire had two
heads at one time. Operations are progressing normally with crews working NW
corner. Estimated 85 percent containment.
Wichita County, Wichita County Complex - 11,785 acres in 3 separate fires, 90%
contained: Iowa Park West, Missile, and Holiday Fires. On the first day of this
fire there were 7 homes and 6 out buildings lost with 27 direct saves. No TFS
resources on this fire today.
Stonewall, Knox and King Counties, Swenson Fire – 122,500 acres, 90 percent
contained. Expect fire to be declared controlled later today.
Kent, Stonewall, Fisher and Scurry Counties - Cooper Mtn Ranch Fire. - 162,625
acres, 90 mile perimeter. 85% contained. There were 4 homes lost previously.
Eastland County, CR 104 – 2,000 acres, 5 homes and 1 vehicle previously
destroyed. 85 percent contained.
Archer County, Dad’s Corner – 6,100 acres. Initially, 15 homes and oilfield
infrastructure was threatened. 100 percent contained and controlled today.
Dimmit County, Diamond H Fire - 115 acres, 100% contained. May be declared
controlled later today.
Lubbock County, Double Rainbow Fire - 50 acres, 100% controlled. No TFS
resources on this fire today.
Garza County, Southwest Royalty Fire - 2,000 acres, 100% contained. Initially,
10 structures were threatened.
Jones County, North Hamlin Fire - 50 acres, 90% contained.
Jack County, Dewebber Fire - 20 acres, 100% contained. Initially, 120
structures were threatened.

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<transpecosfires@gmail.com>
Most Active Fires:

Coke County – Wildcat Fire north of San Angelo
Current acreage: 158,867 acres 10% contained
All evacuations have been lifted for this area. With winds predicted from the
east/northeast, firefighter crews will focus on structure protection on the
southwest flank of the fire as well as conduct mop up operations on the eastern
flank. Aviation resources will continue to aid in suppression and establishing
fire control lines.

Jeff Davis County – Rockhouse Fire near Ft. Davis
Current acreage: 200,302 acres 75% contained
Today firefighter crews will be developing and prepping roads NW of Boy Scout
Camp Road, west along fence line and north along Nations Road to secure the
perimeter on the NW flank. Crews will continue monitoring and patrolling as well
as providing structure protection.

Crockett County – Sutton Fire near Ozona
Current acreage: 25,000 acres 70% contained
Fire crews will continue to monitor fire control lines and begin mop up
operations.

Andrews County – Frying Pan Ranch Fire near Andrews
Current acreage: 80,907 acres 90% contained

Sutton County – McPherson Fire near Sonora
Current acreage: 2,307 acres 90% contained
Tom Green County – Encino Fire near Carlsbad
Current acreage: 12,659 acres 90% contained

Pecos County – Cannon Group near Iraan
Current acreage: 63,763 acres
Cannon Fire: 9,284 acres 90% contained
HR: 27,895 acres 90% contained
Little Smokey: 27,895 acres 90% contained
Yates Field: 300 acres 90% contained
Today:

* Fire crews are working to construct and hold lines as well as begin mop up
operations.
* Even though the weather conditions have improved through much of west
Texas, the fuels have not changed. Critically dry fuels make the potential for
new fires 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.
* Aerial resources continue to monitor and perform water and retardant drops
as needed.
* Military resources including four dozers, four MAAFS (Modular Airborne
FireFighting Systems), and a contracted DC-10 airtanker will be available to
help.
In addition, large-scale maps may be found at ftp://ftp.nifc.gov/Incident_Specif
ic_Data/SOUTHERN/Texas/Trans_Pecos_Complex/Information/
or ftp://ftp.nifc.gov/Incident_Specific_Data/SOUTHERN/Texas/Trans_Pecos_Com...

PK COMPLEX

The Southern Area Incident Management Red Team is in place to assist with
management of this complex of 4 fires in Stephens, Young, and Palo Pinto
counties. For more information on these fires, contact Mary Bell Lunsford, Red
Team Public Information Officer at 404-354-5027. Expanded contact capability is
expected tomorrow. When in place, immediate notification will be given.

PK Complex – 147,973 acres, 25 percent contained, 160 homes destroyed to date,
Palo Pinto evacuation lifted at 3:00 pm, air re-con was utilized on fire today.
1 Air Air Attack, 4 SEATS, 3 Helitankers were engaged on the fire today
supporting ground resources. Air Attack reports fire activity has died down
with the rise in relative humidity values and favorable wind conditions.
30% chance of rain in the area tonight.

TOMORROW’S FIRE WEATHER FORECAST

North-Northwest-West-Central-South Branches:

A stationary front will continue to extend across the central portions of the
state today and this will continue to be the focus of scattered afternoon and
evening showers and thunderstorms. Most of the state will continue to experience
more moist conditions over the next few days except for the western portions of
the NW and W branch. The dry line wills set up from near Amarillo to Lubbock to
Midland this afternoon and the SW winds will increase to 15-20 with gusts to 30
mph possible behind it. Critical fire weather conditions will prevail west of
the dry line as they gusty winds combine with single digit RH’s. Temperatures
will be very warm across the state ranging from the low 80s in the panhandle to
around 100 in the Rio Grande Valley.

East Branch:
The cold front will continue extend across the central portions of the branch
this afternoon with NE to SE winds at 10-15 G20 mph prevailing through most of
the day. Minimum RH’s will remain in the 40 to 50 percent range through the day.
Isolated thunderstorms will be possible mainly over the northern half of the
branch this afternoon and evening.

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 1,815 first responders being managed by the
Texas Forest Service from 36 states assigned to Texas fires. This figure does
not include Volunteer Fire Department responders.

Marq Webb
Public Information Officer
Texas State Lone Star Incident Management Team
979-229-7921
For additional updated information, please visit
http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888
Marq Webb

Public Information Officer
Texas State Lone Star Incident Management Team
979-229-7921

For additional updated information, please visit
http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888

 

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