Fires flaring up across Texas

POSTED: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 11:20am
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

Texas Forest Service responded to 8 fires for 161 acres on Friday.

Saturday there were 16 requests for assistance from Texas Forest Service (TFS) resources.

Rusk County, Fire #59 - At 6:00 am TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 10 miles NE of Henderson. A TFS tractor plow unit responded, and the fire was controlled at 8:30 am at 2 acres. Fire was caused by pipeline work.

Jasper County, Fire #141 - At 1:24 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 12 miles S of Buna. A TFS tractor plow unit responded and this fire was controlled at 4:19 pm at 3 acres. Fire cause was debris burning.

Sabine County, Fire #142 - At 1:38 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 2 miles S of Hemphill east of Hwy 87. A TFS tractor plow unit responded to this fire, and the fire was controlled at 3:00 pm at 4 acres. Cause is debris burning.

Smith County, Fire #60 - At 1:45 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 2 miles SE of New Chapel Hill. A TFS tractor plow unit responded and this fire was controlled at 3:29 pm at 2 acres. One structure was threatened and saved. Fire cause was debris burning.

Cherokee County, Fire # 61 - At 2:08 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 5 miles NW of Jacksonville and east of Cove Springs. A TFS tractor plow unit responded and this fire was controlled at 3:05 pm at 1 acre. Fire cause was debris burning.

Jasper County, Fire #143 - At 2:08 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 13 miles WNW of Jasper. A TFS tractor plow unit responded to this fire, and the fire was controlled at 3:24 pm at 4 acres. Cause is debris burning.

Franklin County, Fire #78 - At 2:52 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 7 miles SE of Mt. Vernon near Lake Cypress Springs. This fire was controlled at 4:55 pm. Fire cause was debris burning.

Bowie County, Fire #77 - At 2:52 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 9 miles N of De Kalb. This fire is estimated to be 2 acres. A TFS tractor plow unit is working this fire.

Sabine County, Fire #144 - At 3:00 pm TFS TFS resources were requested to assist local fire departments with this fire located approximately 3 miles S of Pineland. This fire was controlled at 4:45 pm at 25 acres. Fire cause was catch out from a previous prescribed burn.

Collingsworth County, Elm Creek Fire - At 3:00 pm TFS resources were requested to assist local fire departments with this fire located approximately 4 miles S of Shamrock. TFS resources responding include an Air Attack, 2 SEAT's, a Task Force of 3 dozers and an engine plus overhead. This fire is estimated to be 150 acres and 90% contained. No structures reported threatened.

Cass County, Fire #79 - At 4:12 pm At 2:08 pm TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 4 miles S of Linden. A TFS tractor plow unit is working this fire now. The fire is estimated to be 2 acres. No structures are threatened.

Collingsworth County, no name - This fire is located near Lutie. The TFS Task Force on the Elm Creek Fire is being diverted to this fire. No other information at this time.

Additional fires are recently reported in Rusk, Houston, Hardin, and San Augustine counties.

There are 4 carryover fires from previous days for 567 acres:

Jim Wells County, Tuma Ranch Fire - At 3:35 pm Thursday TFS resources were requested to assist local fire departments with this fire located approximately 1 mile west of Premont. A Task Force of 2 dozers and overhead responded to this fire along with an Air Attack. The fire is 300 acres and 95% contained. Twelve homes were threatened and saved. Fire is expected to be 100% contained later today.

Harrison County, Fire #73 - At 2:08 pm Thursday TFS resources were requested to assist with this fire located approximately 6 miles N of Waskom. This fire was 100% contained Friday at 12:48 pm at 131 acres. No structures were threatened. Fire cause is unknown. This fire was declared controlled at 1:18 pm today.

Bastrop County, McAllister Road Fire - At 1:48 pm Friday TFS resources were requested to assist local fire departments with this fire located 3 miles SE of Bastrop near the intersection of McAllister Road and HWY 71. An estimated 100 homes were threatened, and 15 homes were evacuated for a short time Friday. Other structures and infrastructure threatened included 2 water well facilities, a church, and Bastrop State Park. There were no losses. HWY 71 and McAllister Road were closed for a few hours Friday. TFS resources responding included a heavy Helitanker, an air attack and 2 tractor plow units plus overhead. Other departments fighting this fire were Smithville VFD 1, Heart of Pines VFD 2, Bastrop VFD 4, Bluebonnet VFD 2, Elgin VFD 1, Paige VFD 1, and FCI. The fire is 36 acres and 85% contained with 100% containment expected later today. Fire cause is under investigation.

Pecos County, Escalada Fire - At 7:11 pm Friday night TFS resources were requested to assist local fire departments with this fire located approximately 18 miles SW of Fort Stockton. A TFS Task Force of 2 dozers and 2 engines plus overhead responded to this fire. The fire was 100% contained at 11:10 pm at 100 acres. No structures were threatened. Fire cause was lightning.

Fire weather and fire danger will begin to escalate Sunday as windy, dry, warm conditions return to the Panhandle and far West Texas.

For more wildfire related information, please visit:

http://ticc.tamu.edu/

http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/default.aspx?dept=frp

From Texas Forest Service
 

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