This is the latest news from the Texas Forestry Service
Current wildfire status – April 13, 2011 – 9:04 a.m.
** Critical to extremely critical fire weather conditions are likely over large portions of Northwest and North Texas on Thursday. A regional outbreak of wind-driven wildfires is possible Thursday. **
· Yesterday (Tuesday, April 12), Texas Forest Service responded to 13 fires burning 1,035 acres, including new large fires in Kerr and Stephens counties.
· In the past seven days TFS has responded to 81 fires burning 442,461 acres.
· 191 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
New large fires from Tuesday:
LUCAS, Stephens County. 400 acres, no estimated containment. Multiple structures were evacuated. The fire is 12 miles southeast of Breckenridge.
SCHEZZOW, Kerr County. 400 acres, 50 percent contained. Two structures were threatened and saved; one outbuilding, one vehicle and one bobcat skid-steer were lost. The fire is 22 miles west of Kerrville.
Uncontained fires from previous days:
ENCINO, Tom Green County. 12,659 acres, 50 percent contained. Heavy air tankers and numerous ground resources assisted on this fire 13 miles west of San Angelo. Dozens of homes were saved.
COOPER MOUNTAIN RANCH, Kent County. 15,000 acres, no containment. Numerous homes, outbuildings and oil facilities are threatened. Evacuations occurred.
CANNON, Pecos County. 14,000 acres, unknown containment. This complex of four fires is burning just south of Iraan. No evacuations or losses.
ROCKHOUSE, Presidio and Jeff Davis counties. 108,000 acres, 60 percent contained. Twenty-three homes and two businesses were reported destroyed in the Fort Davis area. Eight Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) Type 1 engines and four water haulers 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.
SWENSON, Stonewall, King, and Knox counties. 10340,000 acres, 95 percent containment. The fire is burning east of Alpine.,384 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning 3 miles north of Swenson. Four TIFMAS strike teams of engines and numerous TxDOT graders and dozers are assisting TFS.
ROPER, Brewster County. 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. 35,984 acres, 90 percent contained. Sixty homes were saved and one destroyed on this fire 6 miles south of Post.
CAMP BOWIE, Brown County. 3,355 acres, 90 percent contained. The fire is burning on the Camp Bowie Military Reservation south of Brownwood.
COTTON RANCH, Sterling and Tom Green Counties. 2930 acres, 100 percent contained.
· 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.
Public Information Officer
Texas State Lone Star Incident Management Team