TX Wildfire | Blowing Basin Fire | 1

Published 3/20/2022 1300 hours PT

Incident Summary

A new wildfire has ignited today at 1230 hours CDT (1030 PT), from an unknown source. It is located near FM 2731 and County Road 230 between Hwy 183 and TX Hwy 206 and about 4.5 miles northeast of Cross Plains, TX.

It is said to be in close proximity to the East Complex and the Blowing Basin Fire is said to be burning northwest straight towards the Wheat Field Fire.

=== EVACUATIONS IN PROGRESS ===

Evacuations are in progress now and if you are in the following areas, please start your evacuations now. Remember to listen to local news radio, online, alerts from Public Safety officials for updates.

In effect for 1408 hours CDT until 1700 hours CDT.

North of FM 2731 and CR 230

Officials state to evacuate to the north by using Hwy 206 in Eastland County.

(Source: TX DEM)

Resources

There are currently 40 total personnel assigned to this incident as of the last update on Inciweb’s page.

Current Fire Status

The fire has burned 100 acres of tall grass and thick oak brush. Fire Officials say resources have reached a 5% containment status.

Fire Weather Report

Currently, there is a RED FLAG WARNING in effect until 2200 CDT (2000 PT). Dangerous fire weather fire conditions are expected to continue this afternoon with RH around 15% and southerly winds at 15-25 mph. Widespread rain is expected to develop Monday morning and may fall over the fire line helping resources with suppression and containment efforts. A dryline will move through the region Monday afternoon with shifting winds to the west.

Eyewitness / Social Media

Residents near this fire are reporting heavy smoke plumes can be seen from surrounding areas, such as Nimrod, south of Scranton.

One poster states the large fire is west of Bangs on 67/84. They state the fire started next to their place and appears it spread to the county line hill.

Currently, folks are reporting in the western portion of the State, the winds are really whipping up in the area.

A smoke column can be seen from the east of 569 as one eyewitness stated. Another states the fire is on 569/206 and one house away from 569. The fire is blowing towards their ranch.

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