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Texas wildfire update - Sept. 22, 2011

Released by the Texas Forest Service:

Current situation:

• Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 10 new fires for 3,264 acres, including new large fires in Foard, Hardeman, and Cottle counties.

• In the past seven days Texas Forest Service has responded to 65 fires for 5,038 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):

COPPER BREAKS, Foard County. 1,500 acres, unknown containment. The fire is burning actively in grass and brush. Structures are within 2 miles but not immediately threatened.

SOUTH 104, Hardeman County. 1.000 acres, 50 percent contained. The DC-10 and MAFFs responded. Structures are threatened. Active fire behavior was reported. This fire may burn together with the Copper Break Fire that is within 1 mile.

BIG CEDAR, Cottle County. 400 acres, 75 percent contained. The fire is burning near Paducah. Residences are a half mile to the west, but fuels are sparse.

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

PERRY RANCH, Pecos County. 400 acres, 90 percent contained. The fire is burning in drought-stressed juniper. A TFS taskforce and the Jackson, Miss., hot shot crew are working the fire.

BASTROP COUNTY COMPLEX, Bastrop County. 34,068 acres, 95 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.

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.

Weather Outlook:

A cold front will continue pushing south through the Panhandle and down toward Interstate 20 over the West and Northwest Branches with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms along and behind the front. Elsewhere, it will remain seasonably warm with winds increasing a little more and becoming more southeasterly. The cold front will continue to push southward overnight with rain chances increasing over the Panhandle. The front may reach a Sanderson to Longview line by daybreak Thursday. Light morning winds and mostly clear skies have favorable cooling and allowed very good recoveries to settle in across the area. Weak surface high pressure will sustain an E-NE surface wind less than 10 mph. Meanwhile an isolated stray shower will be possible this afternoon as high temperatures trend higher, climbing into the lower 90s. Minimum relative humidities will trend down a few percent today with widespread minimum relative humidities near 30 percent. Good recovery is expected tonight in advance of a cold front expected to move into the Linden zone Thursday morning and Henderson zone Friday.

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