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Texas Fires: More Towns Evacuated

Posted by feww on April 19, 2011

Wildfire force Evacuations of several  towns, Communities

More than 6,000 Fires Consume 1.78 million hectares, 743 structures

Fire Status

Year-to-Date Stats

  • Total Fires:  6,044
  • Acres Burned: 1,787,363
  • Structures Lost to Fire: 743

Current Situation

  • 10 new fires
  • 1 million acres burned since April 6
  • “The 100 acre Pinnacle Fire, now 90 percent contained destroyed 6 homes, caused numerous evacuations, and threatened 100 homes & 10 businesses.” TFS reported.

New large fires from yesterday

  • CR 4600 (Woodville 285), Tyler County: 130 acres, 25% contained

Large, uncontained fires from previous days

– PK COMPLEX, Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties. 147,065 acres total.

  • PK West Fire is 89,715 acres, unknown containment.
  • PK East Fire is 10,996 acres, unknown containment.
  • Hohertz Fire is 40,575 acres, unknown containment.
  • Jackson Ranch Fire is 6,687 acres, 50 percent contained.
  • 600+ homes are threatened [residents evacuated]
  • 31 homes have been confirmed destroyed.
  • “Residents of Possum Kingdom Lake had largely evacuated and were desperately trying to learn the fate of their homes. The forest service said 149 homes had been destroyed,” a report said.
  • More homes have been reported as destroyed yesterday, waiting confirmation.
  • The town of Strawn has been evacuated.
  • 30 homes at Bunger and several communities surrounding Possum Kingdom Lake have been evacuated; the fire is now 6 miles.


A wildfire threatens an upmarket hom near Possum Kingdom, Texas, April 19, 2011. Photo: LM Otero/Associated Press. Image may be subject to copyright.

– WILDCAT, Coke County. 150,000 acres, north of San Angelo, unknown containment.

  • More than 400 homes have been saved.
  • The communities of Grape Creek, Quail Valley, Bronte, Robert Lee and Tennyson are threatened.
  • Evacuations are in effect for multiple communities.

– COOPER MOUNTAIN RANCH, Kent, Stonewall, Scurry and Fisher counties.

  • 152,000 acres, 80 percent contained.
  • Four homes have been destroyed.

– ROCKHOUSE, Presidio and Jeff Davis counties. 191,066 acres, 75 percent contained.

  • 23 homes and 2 businesses were destroyed in the Ft. Davis area.

– SWENSON, Stonewall, King, and Knox counties. 122,500 acres, 90 percent contained.

– BRYSON COMPLEX, Jack County. 7,500 acres, 50 percent contained.

  • More than 150 homes were threatened and saved in the town of Bryson.
  • 70 people have been evacuated.

– PIPELINE, Tyler County. 7,000 acres, 75 percent contained.

  • Forty homes are threatened

– SMITH, Young County. 2,000 acres, 85 percent contained.

– CR 104, Eastland County. 2,000 acres, 85 percent contained.

  • 1,850 homes were threatened in the city of Cisco, as well as a church camp.
  • Five homes destroyed.

– WICHITA COUNTY COMPLEX, Wichita County. 11,785 acres, 90 percent contained.

  • Shepard Air Force Base and  hundreds of homes and apartment complexes around the area were threatened.
  • Seven homes are destroyed.

– FRYING PAN RANCH, Andrews County. 80,907 acres, 80 percent contained.

  • Numerous homes WNW of Andrews were threatened, but none have been lost.

– CANNON FIRE COMPLEX, Pecos County: Three large fires burning 50 miles east of Ft. Stockton, 80 percent contained

  • The Cannon Fire:  9,248 acres
  • The DRH Fire: 26,284 acres
  • The Little Smokey Fire: 27,895 acres

– EAST SIDWYNICKS, Eastland County. 3,000 acres burning near Carbon City, 95 percent contained.

  • 1200 homes were threatened.

– McPHERSON, Sutton County. 1,600 acres, 80 percent contained.
– SUTTON, Crockett County. 31,120 acres, 60 percent contained.
– YATES FIELD (formerly Iraan), Pecos County. 300 acres, 80 percent contained.

– ENCINO, Tom Green County. 12,659 acres, 90 percent contained.  Ten homes threatened and saved.

  • Two homes damaged.

– HICKMAN, Midland County. 16,500 acres, 98 percent contained.

  • 34 homes were destroyed,
  • 62 homes were damaged on this fire south of Midland.

– MIDDLE PEASE, Motley County. 400 acres, 90 percent contained.
– DAD’S CORNER, Archer County. 6,100 acres, 70 percent contained.

  • Fifteen homes are threatened.

More information available at TFS

Other Incidents

  • In a related incident,  two people were killed when their small airplane crashed as it circled over a West Texas wildfire, a report said.
  • Meanwhile, the town of Palo Pinto was under an evacuation order Tuesday night, a report said.

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