UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am
Elevated fire weather conditions continue today across the western half of Texas.
Texas Forest Service currently is responding to three large fires that span 20,500 acres.
Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 11,695 fires that have burned 2,876,303 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 Thursday, June 9
BURDETT, Cottle County. 6,600 acres, 30 percent contained. The fire is burning 15 miles southwest of Childress. Fire behavior is very erratic and rough terrain is hampering firefighting efforts. No structures are threatened.
LIMEROCK, Crane County. 900 acres, contained. The fire is burning Southwest of Crane in grass and brush.
Uncontained fires from previous days
DOS AMIGOS, Coke County. 13,000 acres, 30 percent contained. The fire is burning in heavy grass, brush and cedar 15 miles west of Robert Lee. Six homes and a windmill farm are threatened. Extreme fire behavior continues to be observed.
Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 11,695 fires that have burned 2,876,303 acres. These figures are updated every Monday and Friday.
High pressure aloft will continue over Central and East 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 thunderstorms can be expected ahead of the dry line. A stationary front over the Panhandle with not as hot and dry conditions will move north as a warm front later today. Otherwise over the remainder of Texas…hot and dry weather conditions will prevail with isolated afternoon thunderstorms in the Houston area. The driest air will continue over the western half of Texas. There will be very low relative humidity and gusty winds in this area which will cause Elevated Fire Weather Conditions.
Fireworks safety tips:
Follow all county and city laws regarding fireworks use.
Only use fireworks outdoors and away from dry grass and buildings.
Read the labels and use only as directed, with adult supervision.
Keep water, wet towels, and a garden hose nearby.
Allow fireworks to cool completely before handling, and discard used fireworks into a bucket of water.
Firewise is a resource for residents to protect their home and property from wildfire.
Remove flammable materials from around your home.
Develop an evacuation plan for your family. Resources are available on the Firewise website and at texasfirestorm.org.
Obey outdoor burning bans. Don’t burn trash or debris when conditions are dry or windy. Unsafe burning of leaves, brush, household trash and other debris is the No. 1 cause of wildfires in Texas.
Keep lawn mowers and agricultural equipment in proper working condition and avoid rocks and other materials which might cause a spark.
To report suspicious activities, call the Arson Hotline at (888) 501-3850. If possible, safely obtain an accurate description of the person and/or vehicle (including the license number) before calling the hotline.
Humans cause more than 90 percent of all wildfires. Do not weld or cut without a spotter, a water source and a shovel.