Texas Wildfire Situation Update, 6/6/11

Yesterday wasn’t good as far as fires go. This has been the worst fire season yet in Texas, and historically, July and August are the most active months for wildfires, so we have a long way to go. Here’s the latest, courtesy of the Texas Interagency Coordination Center. Photo from Texas Forest Service. Also, be sure to check out the Texas Wildfire Map. Click once on the map for instant updates.

CURRENT SITUATION

Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 22 new fires for 2,384 acres, including new large fires in Mason

and Hardin counties.  The following fires were contained: Rogers Road, Jasper County, 153 acres; Burn Wire,

Hardin County 1,500 acres; Douglas Ranch, Wichita County, 600 acres; Sherrod, Glasscock County, 2,500 acres;

and Rocco, Brewster County, 700 acres.  In the past seven days, TFS has responded to 96 fires for 29,519 acres.

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

OLIVE, HARDIN COUNTY.  1600 acres, 80 percent contained.  TFS ground and aviation personnel evacuated the

TFS Olive office yesterday as a fast-moving wildfire ran through pine plantations and jumped U.S. Highway 69.

Two heavy airtankers responded from Abilene.

HUNGRY HOLLOW, Mason County.  539 acres, contained.  The fire is burning in tall grass 28 miles northeast of

Junction.  Eight single-engine airtankers assisted on the fire.  Ground crews will return today.

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

TEJANO CANYON, Jeff Davis County.  12,311 acres, 75 percent containment. Approximately 200 homes in

Davis Mtn. Resort are threatened. Hand crews and numerous aviation resources are assisting with this fire.  A

FEMA Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was received.


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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