Here is the latest from the Texas Forest Service. Two new large fires to report:
Wildfire update – July 14, 2011
· Texas Forest Service responded yesterday to two new large fires in Jeff Davis and Hall counties.
· We are currently responding to six large fires that have burned 12,830 acres.
· 244 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):
WILLIAMS, Jeff Davis County. 1,275 acres, 75 percent contained. The fire is burning in a remote area in steep, rugged terrain with limited access and water. Heavy airtankers from Abilene and Alamogordo assisted yesterday, along with single-engine airtankers.
CINCH RANCH, Hall County. 475 acres, 30 percent contained. The fire is burning half a mile west of Memphis in grass and brush.
Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):
CLAY, Howard County. 3,500 acres, 35 percent contained. Extreme fire behavior was observed on this fire burning 10 miles southeast of Big Spring. Numerous aviation resources were mobilized to assist in protecting oil and gas infrastructure and homes.
ARMSTRONG, Jack County. 700 acres, 50 percent contained. The fire is burning 5 miles northeast of Bryson. Nine homes were threatened.
NOLAN COUNTY COMPLEX, Nolan County. 3,880 acres, 50 percent contained. This is a complex of two lightning-caused fires that burned together and encroached on the city limits of Sweetwater. Hundreds of homes were threatened and one was lost.
BROWNING, Scurry County. 3,000 acres, 75 percent contained. A subdivision of approximately 100 homes was threatened. No homes have been reported lost.
High pressure aloft will prevail across the state today. High temperatures will reach another couple degrees higher into the lower 100s. More humid conditions will make the temperature feel like 105 to 110 for areas in the eastern third of Texas, including South Texas. Relative humidity values will lower into the upper teens for the Big Country, South Plains, and into the Trans Pecos regions. Winds will again increase to 10 to 15 mph, with a few gusts approaching 25 mph, especially in the flatter regions in West Texas. The best thunderstorm chances will occur in Far West Texas and along the southeastern Gulf Coast along the afternoon sea breeze.
Public Information Officer Paul Reis
Lone Star Incident Management Team