1:00p.m.-Saturday-Montgomery County Crews arrived in Midland moments ago. They are now being assigned to the Frying Pan Fire in Andrews County. This fire was 70% contained last night and ground was lost this morning. At over 100,000 acres they say it is now 15% contained but pushing toward New Mexico. Crews from the Fort Davis fire were also relieved with fresh crews here moments ago.
Texas Forest Service Morning Fire Update Saturday, April 16, 2011
The following is a brief update to reflect any significant activity following yesterday’s Texas Forest Service Evening update.
Eastland County – County Rd.104 – 1,000 acres
Wichita County, Wichita County Complex –
Iowa West Fire, 35,000 acres, 80 percent contained. There were 7 homes and 6 out buildings lost with 27 direct saves.
Kent, Stonewall, Fisher and Scurry Counties – Cooper Mtn Ranch Fire. – 149,000 acres. There were 4 homes lost. Fire has pushed back into Scurry County as well. 15 percent containment.
Stephens County, PK West Fire and Palo Pinto County, Hohertz Fire – 45,000+ acres. 31 homes destroyed. These two fires have now merged into one long, large fire. An Incident Command Post has been established near Strawn.
Tom Green County, Wildcat Fire north of San Angelo – Firefighters worked late into the night on the Wildcat Fire. Overnight, the wind has shifted and is expected to provide relief for communities south of that fire. Aerial resources will continue to focus their efforts in that area around communities.
Houston County, No. 251 Fire – 70 acres. Three homes threatened and saved. Fire is contained.
Trinity County, No. 254 – 61 acres. Fire is contained.
Currently there are approximately 1,250 firefighting personnel being managed by the Texas Forest Service from 34 states assigned to Texas fires. This figure does not include Volunteer Fire Department responders.