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Coconut Fire

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Unit Information

College Station, 
College Station, 

Incident Contacts

Angel Lopez Portillo
Phone: 940-283-4361

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The Coconut Fire started 18 miles south of Vernon, on May 17 at approximately 4:30pm. Elevated fire conditions contributed to a rapid spread and significant fire behavior. Texas A&M Forest Service received a request for assistance from local fire department and is currently working in unified command with local responders.

Fire activity has been extreme with rapid spread and crowning in the mesquite brush. Crews are focused on operations related to life safety and will continue with structure protection and line construction.

Basic Information
Current as of Mon, 06/13/2022 - 05:19
Incident Type Wildfire
Cause Lightning, Natural
Date of Origin
Location Wilbarger County, 18 miles south of Vernon
Incident Commander Ben Rieck, Texas A&M Forest Service.
Coordinates 33° 51' 43'' Latitude
-99° 20'
'' Longitude
Current Situation
Total Personnel: 64
Size 28,449 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained 100%
Fuels Involved

Short Grass (1 foot)
Brush (2 feet)
Timber (Litter and Understory)

Significant Events

Active, running, and isolated torching observed fire behavior.

Planned Actions

Continue with structure protection, line construction, and patrol and mop up until reaching 100% containment.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Equipment continues to tie in dozer line, and engine crews are patrolling and mopping up.

Current Weather
Weather Concerns

Winds will continue to be gusty from the north and northeast today, although temperatures will be much cooler and humidity will not drop as low as in recent days. No significant wind shift is expected today with winds remaining out of the north and northeast. Winds will continue to be gusty after sunset this evening before finally diminishing close to midnight, but again no significant wind shift is expected.