Texas Wildfire Update, 4/17/11. The list is long.

This is a list that was compiled yesterday at 7:00 p.m. It’s disheartening to see so many different fires going. The TFS has their work cut out for them, and we still have no rain in the forecast.

Current wildfire status – April 16, 2011 – 7:02 p.m.
Today, Texas Forest Service has responded to 17 new fires.

NEW FIRES
Eastland County, County Road 104 Fire
 – 1,400 acres. This fire could possibly threaten the town of Cisco. Church camp with cabins and school threatened and saved. Some other structure damage reported. Texas Forest Service resources responding today include a task force of dozers and engines.

Young County, Smith Fire – 2,000 acres, 85 percent contained.
Jack County, Bryson Fire Complex, two fires – 7,500 acres. 50 homes threatened and 30 homes evacuated. TFS resource responding today include an air attack, a heavy helicopter and a task force of dozers and engines.
Motley County, Middle Pease Fire – 400 acres. No other information.
Gregg County, No. 120 Fire – 5 acres. Located at oilfield in rough terrain. 75 percent contained.
Nacogdoches County, No. 121 – 20 acres, controlled on a 20-year old plantation. Cause is under investigation.
Liberty County, No. 266 – 30 acres, no other information at this time.
Tyler and Hardin Counties, No. 260 – 600 acres. This fire is reported to be jumping roads, burning hot and spotting 75 yards ahead. It has jumped from Hardin to Tyler County. Thirty to 40 homes are threatened and evacuated and oil tanks are threatened. TFS resources responding include a Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopter and two dozers.
Hardin County, No. 259 – 10 acres. Unknown threats.
Hardin County, No. 257 – 10 acres. Two homes threatened.
Hardin County, No. 256 off Hwy 787 west of Votaw – 7 acres.
Tyler County, No. 258 – 5 acres, one home saved, contained and controlled.
Shelby County, No. 122 – 12 acres
Cherokee County, No. 123 – 4 acres
Gregg County, No. 124 – 10 acres
Montgomery County, No. 265 – 3 acres
Stephens County, new fire yet to be named – No other information at this time.

CARRYOVER FIRES
Wichita County, Wichita County Complex
 – 7,500 acres in three separate fires.

Iowa Park West Fire, 3,000 acres, 80 percent contained. There were seven homes and six outbuildings lost with 27 direct saves. The remaining 4,500 acres is shared between the Missile and Holiday fires. TFS resources responding today include air attack and a task force of engines and dozers.
Stonewall, Knox and King Counties, Swenson Fire – 104,350 acres, 90 percent contained. Three ranch complexes threatened. TFS resources responding include air attack, a heavy helicopter, a task force of dozers and engines, and a Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) strike team of engines.
Kent, Stonewall, Fisher and Scurry Counties – Cooper Mountain Ranch Fire. – 152,000 acres. There were four homes lost. 50 percent containment. TFS resources responding today include four single-engin air tankers, a heavy helicopter, four task forces of dozers and engines, 20-person hand crew and four strike teams of TIFMAS engines.
Stephens County, PK West Fire and Palo Pinto County, Hohertz Fire – These two fires burned together last night and, combined, total 45,500 acres. 31 homes and one church destroyed were destroyed Friday. These two fires have now merged into one long, large fire. An Incident Command Post has been established near Strawn. The State Operations Center is reporting there are 300-plus homes being evacuated on FM 2353 between Park Road 36 and State Highway 16 and there were a reported 300-plus homes being threatened. 10 percent containment. TFS resources committed to these two fires today include two air attacks, two heavy helitankers, two Texas Army National Guard Blackhawk helicopters, three 20-person hand crews, three task forces of dozers and engines, four TIFMAS strike teams of engines and a TIFMAS task force of engines and water tenders.
Hardin County, No.245 Post Oak Fire – 76 acres Extreme fire behavior noted on this fire on Friday.
Eastland County, East Sidywnicks – 3,000 acres. 95 percent contained. TFS resources were released from this fire this afternoon.
Houston County, No. 251 Fire – 70 acres. Three homes threatened and saved. Fire is contained. Debris burning was the fire cause.

Trinity County, No. 254 – 1,100 acres. This fire has doubled in size from Friday. Extreme fire behavior noted on this fire with crowning and spotting. TFS resources responding include a helicopter, a dozer and two US Forest Service dozers.

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
Coke County, Wildcat Fire near Grape Creek – 41, 958 acres 10 percent contained. Yesterday as the fire moved south people were evacuated to the San Angelo Coliseum. The communities of Grape Creek and Quail Valley were protected with no occupied structures lost. Today, firefighters are concerned about south winds moving the fire north toward Robert Lee. Aerial resources will be used to protect communities.

Andrews County, Frying Pan Ranch Fire near Andrews – 80,907 acres 40 percent contained. Today south winds are predicted to push the Frying Pan Ranch fire back onto itself and into the black. Most areas of the fire are “in pretty good shape” according to fire personnel.

Jeff Davis County, Rockhouse Fire near Fort Davis – 164,879 acres 70 percent contained. Firefighters are continuing to holding operations and line construction. South winds will require close monitoring of the northern and northwestern parts of the fire.

Pecos County, Cannon Group –near Iraan – 41, 521 acres.

Cannon Fire: 9,248 acres, 80 percent contained
DHR: 26,284 acres, 60 percent contained
Little Smokey: 27,895 acres, 60 percent contained.

Crockett County, Sutton Fire near Ozona – 4,248 acres, 50 percent contained

Pecos County, Yates Field Fire near Iraan – 300 acres, 40 percent contained

Sutton County McPherson Fire near Sonora – 1,500 acres 15 percent contained

Terrell County Fire east of Sanderson – Status Unconfirmed

Tom Green County, Encino Fire near Carlsbad – 12,659 acres, 90 percent contained

* Fire crews are working to construct and hold lines; aerial resources are monitoring and performing water and retardant drops.

* Currently there are approximately 1,250 firefighting personnel being managed by the Texas Forest Service from 34 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


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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