Texas Wildfires: Heads Up, Critical Situation Tuesday

Here’s a special announcement from the Texas Forest Service this morning:


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April 25, 2011 – COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Dry, windy conditions today are expected to create ideal conditions for wildfires in the western portions of Texas, a situation expected to worsen on Tuesday.

Local emergency responders and state agencies are preparing for extremely active wildfire activity in west, central and northwest Texas – areas west of a geographic line from Fort Worth to Eagle Pass.

Drought conditions across the state, combined with dry vegetation and high winds, will increase the potential for wildfires that could spread at a rapid pace, placing lives and property in harm’s way. According to National Weather Service meteorologists, the conditions are probable for regional wildfire outbreaks.

Winds in the 35-40 mph range with gusts up to 60 mph are forecast in the Texas Panhandle on Tuesday. Similar conditions are predicted in West Texas. And over the Possum Kingdom Complex in north Texas, where responders have seen more than 126,000 acres burn in recent days, wind speeds are predicted at 25-30 mph on Tuesday, with gusts of up to 40 mph.

Evacuations are common under these conditions, said Texas Forest Service Fire Operations Chief Mark Stanford. Responders, emergency planners, and residents should be prepared to leave immediately.

Since January, more than 840 fires have consumed almost 1.5 million acres. Combined efforts of citizens taking proactive actions and a coordinated state response have saved more than 5,600 structures.

You can use Texas Forest Service resources to monitor the current wildfire status and create a wildfire action plan for your home.
Doug Adolph, Public Information Officer
979-458-6618, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu

April Saginor, Communications Specialist
979-458-6606, newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu
Texas Forest Service communications staff can be reached after hours at newsmedia@tfs.tamu.edu.

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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2 Responses to Texas Wildfires: Heads Up, Critical Situation Tuesday

  1. thomas shelton says:

    i own property in the area of the Oasis fire. Can we somehow get the Federal firefighters to help with these fires? We need their expertiese.

    • M.J.Deare says:

      Here’s the news from yesterday afternoon: OASIS, Kimble County. 9,600 acres, 60 percent contained. Numerous engines, dozers, and helicopters continue to work the fire that is burning four miles south of Junction. TIFMAS strike teams of engines are on scene to do structure protection.
      It sounds as if they’re staying on top of this fire, so maybe you’ll see some results soon if the weather holds and the winds don’t kick up again.

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