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Yesterday, Texas Forest Service responded to 4 new fires for 1,005 acres. Since April 6th, Texas Forest Service has responded to fires that have burned more than one million acres.

The Florida Type II IMT (Florida Red Team) assumed management in support of East Texas today. A tanker base has been set up in Midland to support a DC-10 airtanker. Dyess Air Force Base has set up a tanker base to support the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) units on four USAF C-130s.
Hardin County, No. 295 – 10 acres. No threats
Jasper County, No. 296 – 4 acres. No threats. Fire is under investigation.
Jasper County, No. 297 – 1 acre. No threats. Fire is under investigation.
Jasper County, No. 298 – 5 acres. No threats. Fire is under investigation.
Cherokee County, No. 136 – 8 acres 4 structures are threatened. Fire is under investigation.
Newton County, Toledo Bend Fire No. 299 – 130 acres, no structures threatened. Fire is 100% contained.
Tyler County, No. 300 – 1 acre, 1 home and 1 outbuilding are threatened. No further information.
Cherokee County, No. 135 – 3 acres. Fire is reported to be contained and controlled. Cause is under investigation.
Freestone County, No. 108 – 78 acres. Will continue to monitor fire area for reburn.
Deaf Smith County, Adrian Fire – 1000 acres. One home was initially threatened. Fire is 100% contained. Crews still monitoring fire area.
Tyler County, CR 4600 Fire (No. 285) – 130 acres. 100% contained. Cause under investigation. Fire is expected to be under control early this evening.
Stephens County, Mossy Rock Ranch Fire – 800 acres, 95 percent contained.
Shackleford County, Sedwick Fire – 30 acres. Fire is 100 percent contained. Fire is declared 100% controlled today.
Travis County, Pinnacle Fire – 100 acres. Fire declared 100% contained and controlled today.
Jones County, CR 310 – 100 acres, 100 percent contained. Fire declared 100% controlled today.
Jack County, Bryson Fire Complex, two fires – 7,500 acres. Initially, 14 businesses and 140 home and outbuildings were threatened and 70 people were evacuated. 95 percent contained.
Motley County, Middle Pease Fire – 400 acres. Fire 100% contained and controlled today.
Tyler and Hardin Counties, Pipeline Fire (No. 260) – 7,091 acres, fire had two heads at one time. Operations are progressing normally with crews working NW corner. Estimated 90 percent containment.
Wichita County Complex – 11,785 acres in 3 separate fires. Fire is declared 100% contained and controlled today.
Stonewall, Knox and King Counties, Swenson Fire – 122,500 acres, 90 percent contained. Expect fire to be declared controlled later today.
Archer County, Dads Corner Fire – 6100 acres. Fire 100% contained and controlled today.
Kent, Stonewall, Fisher and Scurry Counties – Cooper Mtn Ranch Fire. – 162,625 acres, 90 mile perimeter. 90% contained. There were 4 homes lost previously.
Eastland County, CR 104 – 2,000 acres, 5 homes and 1 vehicle previously destroyed. !00 % contained. Fire declared 100% controlled today.
Dimmit County, Diamond H Fire – 115 acres. Fire declared 100% contained and controlled today.
Lubbock County, Double Rainbow Fire – 50 acres. Fire is declared 100% contained and controlled today.
Garza County, Southwest Royal Fire – 2,000 acres, 100% contained. Fire 100% controlled today.
Jones County, North Hamlin Fire – 50 acres, 100% contained. 100% controlled today.
Jack County, Dewebber Fire – 20 acres, 100% contained. Fire declared 100% controlled today.
The Southern Area Incident Management Blue Team is continuing to assist with management of active fires in the Trans Pecos Complex.  For more information on these and other fires in West Texas, contact C.J. Norvell, Blue Team Public Information Officer at 432-688-9234 or [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]>
Most Active Fires:
Coke County – Wildcat Fire north of San Angelo
Current acreage: 159,308 acres 75% contained
Activity on the fire was relatively lighter yesterday do to the cooler weather and relative humidity recovery. Crews will continue to focus on structure protection and mop up operations. Thunderstorms are predicted near San Angelo with possible dry lightning strikes and outflow wind speeds of 30 mph. Air attack will be monitoring the area after the storm to check for potential fires.
Jeff Davis County – Rockhouse Fire near Ft. Davis
Current acreage: 202,150 acres 75% contained
The Energy Release Component (ERC) at Ft. Davis is anticipated to be 105—historic for the area. The ERC reflects the contribution of live and dead fuels to potential fire intensity. As live fuels cure and dead fuels dry, the ERC will increase.
Safety of the public and firefighters is our number one concern as this fire travels down into Aguja Canyon. Fire personnel will be backing up out of the canyons due to safety concerns. They will be tying into a road system and back burning the unburned fuels between the road and the fire.
Higher resolution maps are available at: or
PK Complex Fire Update:  The Southern Area Red Team continues to assist with managing the PK Complex.  For information about the PK Complex, please check<>, or call 404-354-4775 or 404-354-5027.  Information lines are staffed from 7 AM to 10 PM.
The complex is currently 25% contained at 147,973 acres.  There are 584 personnel assigned to the fire , including 4 crews, 100 engines, and 13 helicopters.  Today crews will continue constructing dozer lines well ahead of the current fire perimeter, as well as keeping in place fire engines, firefighters, and other equipment to protect homes and other property in the PK Complex area.  Cooler and wetter conditions today will allow aircraft to drop water directly on hot spots as they are found.  This will provide a much needed opportunity to increase containment of the fire.  The following road closures remain in place:  16N closed from the intersection with 180 at Brad to the intersection with 337.  FM 4 is closed from the intersection with 180 to the intersection with 254.  Road 254 is closed from the intersection of FM 4 to the intersection with 16N.  The evacuation for the following areas around Possum Kingdom Lake remains in place: the Peninsula; the area along 2353; the Cliffs resort; Gains Bend; Sportsmans World; and Hog Bend.
North-Northwest-West-Central-South Branches:
The warm and humid conditions will continue across much of the state today, but the dry line will push a little further to the east this afternoon. By mid afternoon the dry line will extend from the low rolling plains across the Permian basin into the Trans Pecos. RH’s will fall into the single digits behind the dry line and this combined with gusty southwest winds will create critical fire weather conditions. Scattered thunderstorms will develop during the afternoon hours along the dry line and some of these storms may be strong to severe. The winds east of the dry line will be out of the S-SE with the strongest winds across central and north branch at 15-20 G25 mph. Temperatures will be very warm across the state ranging from the low 80s in the panhandle to around 100 in the Rio Grande Valley.
East Branch:
The warm and humid conditions will continue across the branch today as gusty southerly winds continue through the afternoon hours. The winds will be sustained at 15-20 with gusts from 25-30 mph possible this afternoon Min RH’s will range from around 40-50% across the branch this afternoon and there will be a slight chance of thunderstorms mainly over the northern portions of the branch during the afternoon and evening hours.
For information on road closures please go to or call 800 452-9292.
Currently there are approximately 1,940 first responders being managed by the Texas Forest Service from 36 states assigned to Texas fires.  This figure does not include Volunteer Fire Department responders.

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