Published Sunday, July 17, 2022, 2015 hours PT
STATE OF TEXAS — The Lone Star Texas State received 12 requests for assistance from various Counties statewide today alone.
Currently, these are the active wildfires with some of those requests today have already been contained.
HONEY CREEK FIRE
The Honey Creek Fire started on Sunday, July 17, 2022, and is located near Reagan Wells in Uvalde County. It is approximately 60 acres and has a 0% containment status. This is a new start with a rapid rate of spread. About 36 total personnel are on the fireline working to construct containment lines and engines going direct where needed. Fire officials expectations are moderate to high to have a fire growth potential. Aviation resources including a lead plane, large air tankers (LATs), and copters are also attached to this incident.
KINGS CREEK FIRE
This incident is located near the King’s Creek drainage about 7.5 miles south of Kaufman in Kaufman County. It is about100 acres and has a 50% containment status. Texas A&M Forest Service received a request for service today from local fire departments. There is about 100 fire personnel attached to this incident. This is a grass fire in extremely heavy fire fuels (grass). Unified Command: TAFMS with local FDs. The cause is unknown and under investigation. TFR is in effect (Temporary Flight Restriction) over the fire line, this includes all drones and aircraft must stay away from this fire.
WILSON CANYON FIRE
The Wilson Canyon Fire is located in Erath County and started this morning at midnight. It is located about five miles southeast of Lipan, Texas. The fire has burned about 115 acres of tall grass and juniper brush. It has a 75% containment status. The structure protection group is working to protect buildings. The cause is unknown and under investigation. Unified Command: TX A&M Forest Service’s IC Nathan Juarin along with the Erath County Fire Department. There is about 80 total personnel assigned to this incident.
This Washington County fire is located at FM 1948 Burton and County officials requested additional fire resources from the TX A&M Forest Services agency at 1755 hours today, to respond to their location with assistance. Unified Command: TAMFS and local FD IC. There is about seven fire total personnel on the scene of this incident. The fire has burned about 25 acres and crews have successfully reached a 25% containment status.
Fire Officials: “Dozer constructed line beginning at the left flank, has come around the head working back toward the heel of the fire, engines are mopping up and helicopter made beneficial bucket drops on the left flank.”
About 350 acres have been scorched by the Holly Fire located 6.5 miles southeast of Lovelady, Texas in Trinity County, which ignited from an unknown cause on Sunday, July 17th at 1143 hours. There is a 90% containment status. Unified Command: TAMFS with Trinity, Groveton, Pennington, Friday, and Lovelady VFDs with a total personnel count of 16.
Fire Officials: “Firefighters arrived on scene to find moderate to high fire activity burning in a young pine plantation threatening 5 homes and multiple outbuildings. Air assists including 3 small engine air tankers and 1 type I helicopter were successful in performing water drops on highly active portions of the fire, assisting dozer crews in increasing containment. “
Harrison 3999 Fire: Harrison County. 5 acres. 95% contained.
NETHERY ROAD FIRE
The Nethery Road Fire ignited on private land 17 miles southwest of Junction and south of Roosevelt in Kimble County, Texas on July 10th, Sunday from an unknown cause. There are a total of 88 fire personnel. About 3,262 acres have been destroyed but fire resources have reached an 80% containment status. A TFR is in effect.
Fire Officials: “Crews have mopped up heat along the perimeter. Some isolated interior torching was observed this afternoon. Crews will continue to patrol and mop up tomorrow, July 18th.”
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