Texas Wildfires Situation Report 4/26/11


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

National Preparedness Level: 1

Southern Area Preparedness Level: 4

TFS Preparedness Level: 5


Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 23 new fires for 12,726 acres, including six new large fires.

New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):

DETON COLE, Val Verde County.  4,300 acres, 15 percent contained.  The fire is in rugged terrain 40 miles southwest of Ozona, burning in tall grass and brush.  Three residences are threatened.  TFS taskforces worked the fire last night and additional aviation resources have been requested to respond today.

SPADE RANCH, Terry County.  4,000 acres, 75 percent contained.  The fire is burning 43 miles southwest of Lubbock in tall grass.  No structures are threatened.

FULLER, Scurry County.  2000 acres, 75 percent contained.  The fire is 15 miles northwest of Snyder.  Three TFS taskforces and a TIFMAS strike responded.

MATHIS, Cottle County.  300 acres, 50 percent contained.  One home was saved on this fire just on the north side of Paducah.

T-BAR RANCH, Lynn County.  1500 acres, 90 percent contained.  The fire is burning in grass 20 miles south of Lubbock.  There are no structures threatened.

TAYLOR, Concho County.  500 acres, 75 percent contained.  Six miles east of Eden.  One building was temporarily evacuated as the south flank of the fire moved rapidly through tall grass and brush.

Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):

ROCKHOUSE, Presidio and Jeff Davis Counties.  224,956 acres, 75 percent contained.  Additional growth is expected to the north and east as strong winds and low RH are expected across the area.  Twenty-three homes and 2 commercial structures were destroyed in the Ft. Davis area in the initial burning period.  The Buffalo Trail

Boy Scout Ranch remains threatened.  Approximately 300 firefighters continue to work the fire burning in heavy brush and pinyon-juniper in Madera Canyon.  Difficult terrain is causing control problems on the west side of the fire.  Crews continue to conduct burnout operations.  A base camp for hundreds of firefighters has been set up at the Ft. Davis State Park. A FEMA Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was received.

PK COMPLEX, Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties.  126,734 acres, 80 percent contained. The acreage decrease is due to more accurate GPS mapping.  167 homes and 2 churches have been destroyed on this complex of four fires burning near Possum Kingdom Lake, Caddo, Strawn, and Bunger, which have all had evacuations. Lower winds and higher humidity have helped firefighters gain the upper hand, although scattered hot spots and smoldering continue on the interior.  TFS task forces, TIFMAS resources, 3 Helitankers, and 3 Type III Helicopters are assisting on the fire.  The Type I Incident Management Team (Wilder) is expected to be released from the fire later this week.  A FEMA Management Assistance Grant was received. WILDCAT, Coke County.  159,308 acres, 80 percent contained. This fire is burning in tall grass north of San Angelo. More than 400 homes have been saved, one was destroyed.  The communities of Grape Creek, Quail Valley, Bronte, Robert Lee, Tennyson, and Orient were threatened, but all evacuation orders have been lifted.

A FEMA Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was received.

PIPELINE, Tyler County.  7,100 acres, 90 percent contained.  Forty homes were threatened by this fire which is burning in pine plantation 10 miles Northeast of Kountze. Two Type 2 hand crews continue to mop up interior smokes.

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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