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Texas wildfire update - Sept. 18, 2011

Released by the Texas Forest Service:

Current situation:

  • Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to six new fires for 11 acres.  
  • In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 101 fires for 18,712 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):

None.


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

BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County.  34,068 acres, 90 percent contained.  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.  4,605 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. 

GETHSEMANE COMPLEX (#592), Marion County.  2,378 acres, 90 percent contained.  This complex is burning approximately 8 miles north of Uncertain.

ARBOR (#841), Houston County.  4,931 acres, 90 percent contained.

TRUCK FLIP (#899), Trinity County.  832 acres, 90 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 trough of low pressure will gradually move east southeast across the Northwest and West branches today. Behind this boundary, drier air will move in and decreasing relative humidities and winds out of a more westerly or northerly direction will be experienced. The more moist air mass will remain to the east and south of this boundary as southerly flow off of the Gulf of Mexico continues. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are anticipated, especially during the afternoon and evening as the front and upper level disturbances interact with this moisture over the eastern two thirds of the state. The precipitation chances will generally lie from the eastern half of the Northwest branch and eastern third of the West branch to more eastern locations, with the highest chances over the more eastern locations.

The boundary will move further south and east on Monday, shunting precipitation chances more toward the south and southeast. This will allow drier air to filter further into the Northwest and West Branches and into the northern end of the North Branch.

Moist south winds near 10 mph are expected today east of a surface low and in advance of an upper air disturbance. This moisture along with daytime heating will favor the development of scattered showers and storms today. This will be the best chance of rain that east Texas has had in some time. Local rain amounts to one half inch will be possible, but most places will have less than one quarter inch of rain. Cloud cover will contribute to temperatures being a few degrees cooler than yesterday which will also result in min relative humidities trending higher. Minimum relative humidities will struggle to fall below 45 percent. SE-S flow will hold and very good relative humidity recovery can be expected for Monday morning with a continued chance for showers and storms.

Remember thunderstorm safety today and be prepared to take cover from storms 

Current situation:

·         Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to six new fires for 11 acres.  

·         In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 101 fires for 18,712 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):

None.


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

BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County.  34,068 acres, 90 percent contained.  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.  4,605 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. 

GETHSEMANE COMPLEX (#592), Marion County.  2,378 acres, 90 percent contained.  This complex is burning approximately 8 miles north of Uncertain.

ARBOR (#841), Houston County.  4,931 acres, 90 percent contained.

TRUCK FLIP (#899), Trinity County.  832 acres, 90 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 trough of low pressure will gradually move east southeast across the Northwest and West branches today. Behind this boundary, drier air will move in and decreasing relative humidities and winds out of a more westerly or northerly direction will be experienced. The more moist air mass will remain to the east and south of this boundary as southerly flow off of the Gulf of Mexico continues. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are anticipated, especially during the afternoon and evening as the front and upper level disturbances interact with this moisture over the eastern two thirds of the state. The precipitation chances will generally lie from the eastern half of the Northwest branch and eastern third of the West branch to more eastern locations, with the highest chances over the more eastern locations.

The boundary will move further south and east on Monday, shunting precipitation chances more toward the south and southeast. This will allow drier air to filter further into the Northwest and West Branches and into the northern end of the North Branch.

Moist south winds near 10 mph are expected today east of a surface low and in advance of an upper air disturbance. This moisture along with daytime heating will favor the development of scattered showers and storms today. This will be the best chance of rain that east Texas has had in some time. Local rain amounts to one half inch will be possible, but most places will have less than one quarter inch of rain. Cloud cover will contribute to temperatures being a few degrees cooler than yesterday which will also result in min relative humidities trending higher. Minimum relative humidities will struggle to fall below 45 percent. SE-S flow will hold and very good relative humidity recovery can be expected for Monday morning with a continued chance for showers and storms.

Remember thunderstorm safety today and be prepared to take cover from storms

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