Texas Wildfire Report from TFS, 4/12/11

Here is the latest on the wildfire situation from the Texas Forest Service: Note that there are several new large fires. Please see my previous post for a map of counties in Texas.

Current wildfire status – April 12, 2011 – 9:30 a.m.

Recent response:

· Yesterday (Monday, April 11), Texas Forest Service responded to 12 fires burning 16,892 acres, including new large fires in Kent, Tom Green, Coke and Pecos counties.

· The Dunagan Fire in Angelina County was contained, as were the Hohertz Fire in Stephens/Eastland counties, Sanderson Fire in Terrell County and the Cotton Ranch Fire in Tom Green and Sterling counties.

· In the past seven days TFS has responded to 78 fires burning 385,098 acres.

· 185 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.

New large fires from Monday:

ENCINO, Tom Green County. 11,000 acres, 20 percent contained. Heavy air tankers and numerous ground resources assisted on this rapid-moving grass and brush fire 13 miles west of San Angelo. Dozens of homes were threatened but none lost.

COOPER MOUNTAIN RANCH, Kent County. Several 200-foot canyon areas are causing access and containment problems.

WILDCAT, Coke County. 540 acres, 70 percent contained. The fire is burning 20 miles southwest of Bronte.

CANNON, Pecos County. 750 acres, unknown containment. This complex of four fires is burning just south of Iraan.

Uncontained fires from previous days:

ROCKHOUSE, Presidio and Jeff Davis counties. 108,000 acres, 10 percent contained. The fire started Saturday near Marfa and burned rapidly north to Fort Davis. Twenty-three homes and two businesses were reported as destroyed in the Ft. Davis area. A Type I incident command team will assume command of the fire this morning. Eight TIFMAS Type 1 engines and four tenders are assisting with the fire, as well as numerous air tankers and helicopters.A base camp for hundreds of firefighters has been set up at the Fort Davis State Park. The acreage increase was due to more accurate mapping from a satellite burn scar.

SWENSON, Stonewall, King, and Knox counties. 103,384 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning near in rough terrain and heavy fuels 3 miles north of Swenson. Four TIFMAS strike teams of engines and numerous TxDOT graders and dozers are assisting TFS. The increase in acreage was due to GPS mapping.

ROPER, Brewster County. 25,000 acres, no containment. The fire is burning east of Alpine. No additional information was received.

HICKMAN, Midland County. 16,500 acres, 98 percent contained. Thirty-four homes were reported destroyed on this fire burning on the south side of Midland.

KILLOUGH, Garza County. 35,484 acres, 90 percent contained. Sixty homes were saved and one destroyed on this fire six miles south of Post. Good progress was made by firefighters yesterday.

CAMP BOWIE FIRE, Brown County. 3,355 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire is burning on the Camp Bowie Military Reservation south of Brownwood. Fire activity is minimal within the perimeter and little growth is expected.

Prevention messages:

· Obey outdoor burning bans. Don’t burn trash or debris when conditions are dry or windy. Unsafe burning of leaves, brush, household trash and other debris is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Texas.

· Keep lawn mowers and agricultural equipment in proper working condition and avoid rocks and other materials which might cause a spark.

· To report suspicious activities, call the Arson Hotline at (888) 501-3850. If possible, safely obtain an accurate description of the person and/or vehicle (including the license number) before calling the hotline.

· Humans cause more than 90 percent of all wildfires. Do not weld or cut without a spotter, a water source and a shovel.

Alan Craft
Public Information Officer
Texas State Lone Star Incident Management Team

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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