Texas Forest Service says fires have spread across 1.4 million acres
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A cold front sweeping through parts of Texas brought cooler temperatures and more humidity, helping firefighters battling the Pk Fire Complex near Possum Kingdom Lake.
According to the April 21 Texas Forest Service incident management report a stationary cold front across central Texaas will generate some scattered showers and thunderstorms, with generally more moist conditions across much of the state.
The exception is in the west and northwest, with drier air in place and forecast gusty southwest winds up to 30 mph, along with relative humidity readings in the single digits.
Altogether, the Texas wildfires have now burned across more than 1.4 million acres.
The Pk Fire Complex has burned about 150,000 acres, destroyed 159 residences and threatens up to 2,000 additional structures. Fire officials said the Pk Fire Complex is about 25 percent contained and didn’t grow in the past 24 hours, thanks in part to the change in weather. More than 500 firefighters and 100 engines have been working to contain the Pk Fire complex. Click here for the latest update on this fire from Inciweb.org.
As of April 20, the Texas Forest Service had responded to four new wildfires reported burning on more than 1,000 acres.
At the Wildcat Fire in Coke County (158,000 acres, 30 percent contained), firefighters have protected more than 400 homes and some evacuation orders have been lifted.
At the 200,000-acre Rockhouse Fire (75 percent contained) 23 homes and two business were destroyed.
The 7,000 acre Pipeline Fire, in Tyler County, was still threatening 40 homes as of April 21.
The national overview is online here: http://www.nifc.gov/nicc/sitreprt.pdf.
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