Grass, wildfires reported in North Texas – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


The information below comes from the Texas A&M Forest Service.

A fast-moving fire in Kennedale scorched nearly 100 acres on Tuesday, damaging a business and causing police to briefly evacuate some homes.

It took three hours and the help of multiple agencies to contain the blaze as 40-mile-per-hour wind gusts fueled the flames off Kennedale Parkway.

Around 3 p.m., Kennedale police went door to door in the Pine Meadows neighborhood and urged people to evacuate. An hour later, firefighters said the threat had passed and evacuees could return to their homes.

According to Everman Fire Chief Landon Whatley, a business along Kennedale Parkway was damaged.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Wildfire activity is expected to increase through Wednesday as an active weather pattern lines up with dry vegetation across the landscape.

A fast-moving fire in Kennedale scorched nearly 100 acres on Tuesday, damaging a business and causing police to briefly evacuate some homes.

A strong front will move across the state bringing increased winds, temperatures and increased fire danger in dried grasses across the landscape for western parts of the state, including areas of the high plains and rolling plains around Wichita Falls, San Angelo, Lubbock and Amarillo.

In the past seven days, state and local resources responded to 176 wildfires that burned 8,418. The spike in activity was the result of increased wind speeds over dry fuels.

In anticipation of possible wildfire activity this week, the Texas A&M Forest Service has fully staffed special crews and suppression equipment in place at Childress, Amarillo, Lubbock, San Angelo, Burkburnett, Fredericksburg, Smithville, McGregor, San Angelo and Mineral Wells.

Additional agency staff and overhead, including Incident Commanders with advanced qualifications, are pre-positioned in areas of concern.

“Rapid response and the use of appropriate resources are critical to preventing large, destructive wildfires,” said Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief Wes Moorehead. “Our agency strategically prepositions personnel and equipment in areas of concern where they can respond to requests for assistance from local fire departments that serve as the first line of defense in Texas.”

Two large air tankers, three single-engine air tankers, two Type 3 helicopters, two air attack platforms and two air supervision pods are stationed in the state to assist in the firefighting efforts of Forest.

The Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas Division of Emergency Management also worked together to mobilize three response teams through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) to provide wildfire assistance.

“The Texas A&M Forest Service will continue to work closely with our state, federal and local partners to protect the citizens and natural resources of Texas from wildfires,” said Al Davis, acting director of Texas A&M Forest. Service. “We are also asking the public to be careful and prevent wildfires this week.”

The Texas A&M Forest Service encourages the public to avoid outdoor activities that can cause sparking when hot, dry, and windy conditions are present.

For current wildfire conditions and outlook, visit the Texas Fire Potential Outlook.

The Texas A&M Forest Service does not own any aviation resources, but instead uses federal aviation contracts through the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for all firefighting aircraft.


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