Texas’ Wildfires Ablaze Across State | 1


Due to so many wildfires and so time consuming to separate them all, we combining them into a single post.  Here is a combined list for all wildfires in the State of Texas for Monday, April 16, 2018.



The Carbon Fire is on managed land by the TX A&M Forest Service and mutual aid on-scene assisting with this fire. Fire behavior is moderate.  This fire also started on private land and is located 7 miles east of Shamrock.  12,530 acres have been scorched but there is a 75% containment status.  3 personnel with further resources are on the fire line.  There are still structures being threatened. $1,000 cost-to-date have been reached.




The 2473 Fire is located in Gray County, TX.  The fire is estimated at 800 acres with an 80% containment status.  Moderate fire behavior with 2 structures are currently under threat.  Crews are working on structure protecting and improving containment lines.


The CR 205 Fire is located 18 miles NW of Ozona and is managed by the TX A&M Forest Service.  There has been 2,500 acres of tall grass and brush that has been destroyed.  There is an 80% containment status.  Moderate fire behavior is reported.  9 personnel are assigned with no additional resources or equipment.  Structures are under threat.  Costs-to-dates have reached $1,000 as of this posting date and time.


This wildfire is located 11 miles NE of Shamrock.  At the moment, there have been 1,386 acres of tall grass that has been scorched.  Fire crews have a 95% containment status.  Structures are under threat.  Fire behavior is minimal.  19 personnel with 2 engines are assigned.  There has been a $1,000 CTD reached.



The Harbor Bay Fire is burning 1 mile south of Mason that started on private land and has destroyed 1,109 acres of brush and tall grass. Fire behavior remains moderate but there is a 90% containment status. Structures are under threat.  8 structures were previously lost.


The High Plains Fire is located in Hutchinson County with an estimated 700 – 800 acre fire that has a 30% containment status.  Forward progression has been stopped but 20-30 homes are still considered being threatened.  0 have been lost or reported as damaged.  Multiple aircraft are helping with fire suppression efforts.


Located 2 miles south of Wellington is being handled by resources by the Texas A&M Forest Service along with mutual aid resources.  This fire was started on private land.  There has been 26,979 acres of land destroyed and fire behavior is active.  There is a 75% containment status.  14 personnel are assigned with 1 engine.  Structures are under threat with 21 already lost.  $1,000 cost-to-date for fire suppression and containment status have been reached.


The Walston  Fire also started on private land and is located 1 mile south of Mason.  There has been 1,700 acres of tall grass and brush that have been consumed by the fire.  However, there is a 40% containment status.  Fire behavior remains active.  43 personnel are assigned along with 8 engines.  Cost-to-date expenses are $1,000.




<p>    April 16, 2018 — COLLEGE STATION, Texas — There is
high probability of a significant wildfire outbreak in West Texas and the
Panhandle Tuesday, April 17 with elevated to critical wildfire conditions
present today.  
  The areas of concern include Amarillo, Ft. Stockton,
and Midland/Odessa.  
  “With these con</p>

Weather forecasters are warning those who play, visit, work and live to extremely careful with fire as there is a high probability of a significant wildfire outbreak in West Texas and in the Panhandle on Tuesday, April 17, 2018.  These alerts are being elevated to critical wildfire conditions listing areas of concern for the Amarillo, Ft. Stockton and the Midland/Odessa areas.  http://tfsweb.tamu.edu/content/article.aspx?id=28344


We are using the above wildfires that have their respected hashtagged fire names listed.  Additionally, we are using #TXwildfire2018 to help us track them during this Fire Season.

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Oklahoma’s Wildfire: CaliFire | New!

Incident Summary

A wildfire named the #CaliFire was reported by Fire Officials about 11 miles west of Skiatouk, Oklahoma on Monday, April 16, 2018.


The cause is unknown at this time.

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The fire has consumed about 746 acres of timber and has reached an 85% containment status.


There are 12 personnel assigned along with 4 engines.

Damage Assessment

The cost-to-date have reached $3,000 for fire suppression and containment status expenses.

Social Media

#CaliFire #OKwildfire2018

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Oklahoma’s #ClearCreekFire | New!

Incident Summary

A new wildfire was reported on Monday, April 16, 2018 about 7 miles SW of Pawhuska, Oklahoma on the Bureau of Indian Affairs – Osage Agency area.

This wildfire has been named the Clear Creek Fire.


There are 79 personnel assigned along with 42 engines.

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Currently, the fire has eaten up 2,700 acres but fire crews have successfully reached a 6% containment status.

Damage Assessment

The the costs-to-date have reached $6,000.


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Oklahoma’s #RheaFire | Update 2

Incident Summary

The #RheaFire is currently burning one (1) mile west of Rhea, Oklahoma in the area of the Oklahoma Division of the Forestry.  


There are currently 56 personnel along with 18 engines and two (2) helicopters assigned and on the fire line.  Fire Command is being managed by a Florida IMT Type 1 team.

State of Emergency

Oklahoma State Lt. Governor Todd Lamb extended and expanded a burn ban from the original Declaration of 16 counties to a new total of 36, in the western and central areas of the State.  This is due to extreme and extraordinary fire danger and one that is out of the norm for these area.

The burn ban is now in effect until further notice for the following State’s Counties:  Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cimarron, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Logan, Major, Noble, Oklahoma, Osage, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Washita, Woods and Woodward. 

Fire Conditions

Fire behavior remains active with running, flanking and spotting consuming everything in its path.  This firestorm has destroyed 243,520 acres. 

Fire crews have reached a 3% containment status and are still focused on fire suppression and containment efforts.

Weather Forecast

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Courtesy of Oklahoma Forestry Services

Effective Tuesday, April 17, 2018.

A Red Flag Warning is in effect for much of western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle. Extreme fire danger is predicted to begin early in the burning period lasting well into the night and on into the early morning hours on Wednesday given the current state of wildland fuels and forecast weather conditions. Within the Warned Area, temperatures in the upper 80°’s and low 90°’s, clear skies and relative humidity values of 5-15% will deliver fine-dead fuel moisture values as low as 2% with widespread observations of 3% expected. Extreme rates of fire spread complicated by problematic fire behavior including single and group tree torching, crown runs in juniper (redcedar), and spotting will be present on any fire that becomes established.

A Red Flag Warning/Fire Weather Watch is currently in effect. Please refer to http://www.weather.gov/ for the latest updates to the fire weather forecast. 

Damage Assessments

There has been 50 structures reportedly lost.  Homes are still under threat but crews are working to provide structure protection.

The total cost-to-date have reached $946,000.


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Oklahoma’s #34ComplexFire | 1

Incident Summary

The #34ComplexFire is made up of many smaller wildfires that was reportedly started on April 12, 2018, from an unknown cause.  The fire is burning about 4-6 miles NW of Woodward, Oklahoma. 

Fire Timeline

Here is the timeline for this incident:

The wildfire was reported on Thursday, April 12th.  Multiple structures are under threat.  A RED CROSS Shelter was established at the Faith United Methodist Church located at 1402 Texas Avenue, Woodward, Oklahoma.  115,000 acres.  13% contained.  88 personnel.  30 engines. 2 helicopters.  32 structures (homes and outbuildings) were destroyed.  $110,000 cost-to-date in fire suppression and containment costs.

On Friday, April 13th, the wildfire had grown to 120,000 acres.  Fire crews reached a 4% containment status.  Fire behavior was said to be extreme with running, flanking and spotting.  Structures were said to be threatened.  No additional buildings had been destroyed and holding at 32 lost.  Road closures were in effect.  247 personnel w/100 engines.  

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Super Scooper on the 34 Complex Fire

Firefighters were successfully in keeping the fire at bay and holding to 120,000 acres of destroyed tall grass and brush.  The fire behavior was said to have been reduced to moderate but was now moving due to wind-driven runs and flanking.  Homes were still threatened on April 14th.  Staffing numbers dropped down to the 88 personnel from yesterday’s 247.  The number of engines also dropped from 100 to 70 with the same amount of helicopters (2).  A breakdown of structures lost were 12 homes and 20 outbuildings.  The cost-to-date reached $365,000.

Due to more accurate mapping, the number of acreage destroyed was reduced from 120,000 to 53,000 acres on April 15th.  Fire crews were able to increase the containment status up to 25%.  Due to the fire not being so ablaze and every increasing containment, personnel would again drop almost by half, down to 45.  There were 19 engines and 1 helicopter still assigned to this incident.  The cost-to-date would rise to $423,000.

On April 16th, the fire again consumed additional acres and the number rose to 67,778.  A 45% containment was reached on Monday with the aid of 57 personnel, 21 engines and 1 helicopter.  Fire behavior was moderate with wind-drive runs, flanking and creeping.  Crews were successful with structure protection as the number of buildings remained at 32 (Structure protection was holding in place).  The cost-to-date has risen up to $506,000.  

Fire Photography

Credit goes to Oklahoma Forestry Services.

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Oklahoma’s Rhea Fire Implodes | 1


Dewey County, Oklahoma – A wildfire was reported on Thursday, April 12th, 2018 around 1300 hours PDT from an unknown cause.


The fire is located about nine (9) miles SE of Leedey (Dewey County), Oklahoma.

Fire Status

Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ | Granted written permission

Today, the fire behavior is active with wind-driven runs and flanking.


As of Sunday, April 15, 2018, a Florida Type I Incident Management Team (assigned by OFS) is in Unified Command with Dewey and Custer County Agencies.

Oklahoma Forestry Services resources included two (2) Wildland Fire Task Forces, two (2) Tyep 1 helicopters and one (1) Air Attack along with unknown additional equipment and personnel. (4/12/2018)

There are currently 116 personnel assigned along with 39 engines and one (1) helicopter.  A Florida Type 1 IMT is in Command of this fire incident.

Additional resources from nearby States are also assisting with mutual aid, including 28 firefighters from the Florida Forest Services.


Photo Credit | @stormchaserQ | Written permission granted


The #ReheaFire was reported to have started on April 12, 2018, around 1300 hours PDT.

The cause is unknown at this time and under investigation.

Initial reports indicate the fire was already at 500 acres.

About five (5) hours later, the fire had already destroyed 19,000 acres and was quickly leading to a Firestorm-in-the-Making.

We had to recheck our resources that this was the correct number, which it is. 

The fire would quickly implode upon itself due to high winds.  Fire behavior was reported as being extreme and threatening several structures.

Social Media was ablaze as it reported the fire had jumped an unknown river and was heading north.

On April 13, 2018, the fire had exploded into 240,000 acres due to strong and gusty winds pushing it into a much more out-of-control incident, we call here a “Firestorm.

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As of Sunday, April 15, 2018, the fire has destroyed 245,433 acres but firefighters have reached a three (3) percent containment status.

It was an active day for fire crews as they continued to extinguish hot spots especially in drainages within the eastern Red Cedar area. Ground crews were assisted by helicopters and the CL-415s or “super scoopers”.  Structures threatened.

Damage Assessment

As of Sunday, April 15, 2018, the total costs-to-date of fire suppression and containment expenses have reached a high of $921,000 and it continues to rise as the fire moves through the State.

Social Media

We are using the following hashtags for this wildfire incident:  #RheaFire #OKwildfire2018


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AZ Wildfire | #RattlesnakeFire | 1


Photo Credit | Fort Apache Agency

Incident Summary

A wildfire broke out on Thursday, April 11, 2018, about 25 miles SE of Whiteriver from an unknown human caused ignition.  Authorities are still investigating and will release the cause after their case has been closed.


There are currently 230 personnel assigned to this incident along with 8 crews, 4 engines and 3 helicopters.  The current IC is Jeff Andrews, whom him and his Type 2 IMT assumed command at 1800 hours on Sunday evening.

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There has been 2,644 acres ponderosa pine and grass understory consumed but fire crews have successfully reached a 3% containment status.

Looking southwest toward the Black River 4-13

Photo Credit | Fort Apache Agency

Fire behavior has been reduced to Moderate with backing and creeping.

In the last 24 hours, the fire had backed down slowly towards Black River and Bear Willow Creek.  It was said to be burning in 3 jurisdictions on the Fort Apache and San Carlos Indian Reservations and in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.

Damage Assessment

There have been no reports of injuries to civilians or firefighters, nor damage or losses to structures.  However, there has been $900,000 total in fire suppression and containment costs-to-date.

Social Media

We are using the following additional hashtags of #AZwildfire2018 #RattlesnakeFire

(c) 2018  Firestorms & Disasters


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