Here is the latest information from the Texas Forest Service:
Wildfire Update – June 7, 2011
· Critical fire weather conditions are forecast in the north portion of the Texas Panhandle today. Elevated fire weather conditions are forecast across the west half of Texas.
· Texas Forest Service responded to two new large fires yesterday in Throckmorton and Liberty counties.
· The Hungry Hollow Fire in Mason County was contained at 539 acres.
· 193 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
New large fires from yesterday:
LAMB’S HEAD, Throckmorton County. 425 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning 13 miles west of Woodson in tall grass. No structures are threatened.
RYE, Liberty County. 400 acres, contained. The fire is burning in mature pine 20 miles east of Cleveland. Two Type I helicopters assisted dozers and engine crews yesterday.
Uncontained fires from previous days:
OLIVE, HARDIN COUNTY. 1,600 acres, 90 percent contained. TFS ground resources continue to mop up and reinforce the perimeter.
TEJANO CANYON, Jeff Davis County. 12,311 acres, 90 percent containment. Approximately 200 homes in Davis Mtn. Resort are threatened. Burnout operations are complete and resources are beginning to be released. A FEMA Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) was received.
Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 11,362 fires that have burned 2,838,428 acres.
Critical fire weather conditions are forecast in the north portion of the Texas Panhandle today. Elevated fire weather conditions are forecast across the west half of Texas.
Weak high pressure will continue in East Texas today while a dry line approaches west Texas. This will allow a southeast to south flow to prevail over the state with continued hot and dry weather conditions. The driest air will continue to prevail over the west half of Texas. There will be very low relative humidity and a gusty wind in this area which will cause elevated fire weather conditions. Critical fire weather conditions are expected in the Panhandle region.