Four large fires are burning. A new one popped up yesterday, and the hot, dry weather continues. here’s the latest from the Texas Forest Service:
Wildfire update – June 8, 2011
· Critical fire weather conditions in the north portion of the Panhandle of Texas today. Elevated fire weather conditions across the west half of Texas today.
· Texas Forest Service responded to one new large fire yesterday in Shelby County.
· The Rye Fire in Liberty County was contained at 400 acres.
· We are currently working on four large fires that have burned 13,440 acres.
· 193 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
New large fires from yesterday:
HOLLOW ROCK MOUNTAIN, Shelby County. 127 acres, 80 percent contained. This lightning-caused fire is burning in pine plantation.
Uncontained fires from previous days:
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.
OLIVE, HARDIN COUNTY. 577 acres, 80 percent contained. TFS ground resources continue to mop up and reinforce the perimeter. Acreage decrease was due to GPS mapping.
TEJANO CANYON, Jeff Davis County. 12,311 acres, 95 percent containment. Approximately 200 homes in Davis Mountain Resort were threatened. Burnout operations are complete and resources are beginning to be released.
Critical fire weather conditions in the north portion of the Panhandle of Texas today. Elevated fire weather conditions across the west half of Texas today.
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 gusty winds in this area which will cause Elevated fire weather conditions. Critical fire weather conditions are expected in the panhandle region.