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Texas wildfire update - Sept. 17, 2011

Released by the Texas Forest Service:

Current situation:

  • Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to nine new fires for 18 acres.  
  • In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 114 fires for 19,123 acres. 
  • Since fire season began on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 22,602 fires that have burned 3,761,966 acres.
  • 250 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
  • Daily detailed fire information can be found here or at inciweb.org.


New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels; or where homes were lost):


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

BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County.  34,068 acres, 80 percent contained. The 719-acre Union Chapel Fire is now included in this complex and is being managed by the Southern Area Type I Incident Management Team. Crews and equipment continue to protect homes within the perimeter.  There is no fire burning outside the main containment lines.  An assessment team has confirmed 1,554 homes have been destroyed on the large Bastrop fire and the Union Chapel Fire.  Two civilians were found dead as search crews went through the charred subdivisions. 

OLD MAGNOLIA/MOORE, Gregg County.  4,773 acres, 90 percent contained.  Several structures and a gas plant are threatened.  The fire is burning in pine plantation.  There are still some hot spots in the fire that crews continue to mop up.

101 RANCH, Palo Pinto County.  6,555 acres, 95 percent contained.  Crews and aircraft continue to monitor the fire.  Thirty-nine homes and nine RVs have been reported destroyed. Crews continue to mop up and aircraft are monitoring. 

IRELAND, Coryell County.  1,023 acres, 95 percent contained. This fire is burning 5 miles southwest of Jonesboro.  Containment lines are complete, but crews continue to work hotspots in the interior.

GETHSEMANE COMPLEX (#592), Marion County.  2,695 acres, 80 percent contained.  This complex is burning approximately 8 miles north of Uncertain.

ARBOR (#841), Houston County.  4,931 acres, 80 percent contained.

TRUCK FLIP (#899), Trinity County.  832 acres, 70 percent contained. Six homes were threatened and saved.  This fire is burning 11 miles east of Trinity.

GEORGE BUSH PARK (#900), Harris County.  1,623 acres, 95 percent contained.  A type one helicopter, air attack and ground resources responded.  This fire is burning on the outskirts of Houston.

Weather Outlook:

A warm front will continue to lift north further to the north today, while a trough of low pressure develops over the western parts of the Northwest and West Branches. Upper level disturbances will track across the area and lead to isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly during the afternoon and evening across much of the state.  The best chance for measurable rainfall will be over the Eastern end of the panhandle east along the Red River well to the north of I-20. In addition, isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are anticipated along and to the east of I-37 to around I-35 or over the far eastern sections of the South Branch into the southern two thirds of the Central Branch east across the South Central Branch. In addition, there will be periods of mid and high clouds that move across areas when no showers or thunderstorms are occurring. On average, temperatures will be warmer compared to Friday. In addition, gusty winds are anticipated across the West and Northwest Branches. The strongest thunderstorms should occur across portions of the Northwest Branch. 

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