Texas Wildfire Update, 6/13/11

Here is the latest from the Texas Forest Service. The wildfires are starting to hit close to home now. Very scary. I just talked to someone about having dead leaves removed from the yard at a vacant house nearby. We sure don’t need any more fuel for a fire around here.

Wildfire Update – June 13, 2011

Current Situation
Elevated to critical fire weather conditions continue today across West Texas.

  • Texas Forest Service currently is responding to nine large fires that span 42,079 acres.
  • Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 11,785 fires that have burned 2,904,807 acres.
  • 197 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.

The Texas Forecast Fire Danger Map can be found on the Texas Interagency Coordination Center website under Fire Danger.


New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):
GRUHIKEY, Oldham County. 1,200 acres, 75 percent contained. This lightning-caused fire started late last night and is burning in a canyon in rough terrain west of Amarillo. Two homes were saved.

ENCINITOS, Brooks County. 3,200 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is 51 miles southwest of Kingsville. Air attack assisted on the fire last night and ground crews are in route this morning.

MACKENTIRE, Pecos County. 935 acres, 50 percent contained. The fire is 18 miles northwest of Ft. Stockton in tall grass. There are no structures threatened.

McCLARITY, Foard County. 716 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire is burning in tall grass 15 miles southwest of Crowell.

TWO COUNTY, Montgomery County. 141 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire is burning in young plantation near Cleveland.


Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):
BIRD RANCH 2, Cottle County. 15,000 acres, 10 percent contained. The fire is burning in rough terrain 13 miles west of Paducah. Airtankers, SEATs, and heavy helicopters are working the fire along with numerous dozer and engines.

DOS AMIGOS, Coke County. 19,327 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning in heavy grass, brush and cedar 15 miles west of Robert Lee. Crews are making good progress on the fire and numerous resources are being released.

CAMP BOOTHE OAKS, Nolan County. 1,060 acres, 75 percent contained. The fire is seven miles southwest of Sweetwater in tall grass. No structures are threatened.

S CURVE, Midland County. 500 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning in tall grass eight miles southeast of Odessa. Oil and gas infrastructure are threatened.

Fire numbers:

Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 11,785 fires that have burned 2,904,807 acres. These figures are updated every Monday and Friday.

Weather Outlook:
High pressure aloft will continue over West and Central Texas today as a dry line remains over West Texas. This will allow a downslope westerly flow behind the dry line with a southeast to south flow ahead of the dry line. Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms can be expected over the Davis Mountains with a few afternoon and evening thunderstorms over Southeast Texas. The driest air will be over the western half of Texas. There will be very low relative humidity and gusty winds in this area which will cause Elevated to Critical Fire Weather Conditions.


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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