Texas Wildfire Update 6/27/11

The bit of rain we had last week helped the firefighters in East Texas, but as you can see from the list below, the rest of the state was not so lucky. Here’s the latest from the Texas Forest Service:

Wildfire update – June 27, 2011

Current situation:

· Elevated fire weather conditions continue northwest of a line from Fort Worth to Del Rio including the Panhandle, Southern Panhandle, and up to Interstate 40.

· Texas Forest Service responded yesterday to two new large fires in Wichita and Hardeman counties.

· We currently are responding to 13 large fires that have burned 130,341 acres.

· The Miles Fire in Wheeler County (500 acres), Boyken Fire in Howard County (5,067 acres), and Mitchell Ranch 2 Fire in Crockett County (3,212 acres) have been contained.

· 230 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.

· Detailed fire information can be found at inciweb.org.

· Questions about evacuations, burn bans and fireworks bans should be directed to the county judge, sheriff’s office or emergency management coordinator.

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

SIX-MILE CUTOFF, Wichita County. 500 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire was burning very actively yesterday. One outbuilding and several vehicles were destroyed in this fast-moving fire.

FM 1166, Hardeman County. 400 acres, unknown containment. The fire is burning toward the Red River. Two heavy airtankers and single-engine airtankers worked the fire yesterday. Six homes were saved.

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

WHITE HAT, Coke and Nolan Counties. 72,473 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire is burning just south of Maryneal. Eight homes, eight outbuildings and three vehicles were destroyed. A power substation received heavy damage.

BEARING, Polk and Trinity Counties. 20,222 acres, 97 percent contained. The fire is burning near Carmona. Two homes and six cabins were destroyed.

DYER MILL, Grimes County. 5,280 acres, 97 percent contained. Thirty homes are confirmed destroyed, along with three businesses. More than 1,000 homes and businesses were evacuated; the evacuation order has been lifted. This fire is burning approximately 3 miles east of Whitehall.

TRENT MESA, Taylor County. 644 acres, 90 percent contained. This fire is burning 8 miles southwest of Merkel. Numerous wind turbines are threatened.

McDONALD II, Clay County. 5,915 acres, 50 percent contained. The fire was threatening the town of Henrietta. Evacuations of numerous homes and businesses took place.

ROCK CREEK, Stonewall County. 9,500 acres, 80 percent contained. The fire is burning 7 miles northeast of Aspermont in tall grass.

JRM, Throckmorton County. 7,000 acres, 95 percent contained. This fire is a complex of four lightning fires near Throckmorton. Twelve homes were threatened.

NANCE RANCH, Randall County. 607 acres, 90 percent contained. Two single-engine airtankers and a TFS task force worked the fire burning in grass 6 miles east of Canyon. Twelve homes were saved.

FINIS, Young County. 393 acres, 90 percent contained. This fire is burning approximately 8 miles southeast of Graham.

ALEXANDER, Jones County. 407 acres, 90 percent contained. Three homes and cattle were threatened. This fire is burning 13 miles north of Abilene.

RICHARDSON, Garza County. 7,000 acres, 95 percent contained. Twelve homes were threatened on this fire burning in grass and juniper six miles northwest of Post.

Fire numbers:

Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 12,985 fires that have burned 3,268,011 acres. These figures are updated every Monday and Friday.
Weather Outlook:

A weak frontal boundary will drift south across portions of the northern Panhandle while a diffuse dry line stretches from Childress to Fort Stockton. Upper-ridge forecast to remain anchored across all areas south of Amarillo, maintaining hot conditions, with high temperatures in the lower to mid90s north of Interstate 40, mid 90s along the coast, upper 90s across the east, and 100 to 105 across the south and west. Winds will be slightly more relaxed on Monday with relative humidity values forecast to range from 10 to 20 percent across the west and northwest branches and 40 to 50 percent across the east. Elevated fire weather conditions will continue northwest of a line from Fort Worth to Del Rio including the Panhandle, Southern Panhandle, and up to Interstate 40.

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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