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Mallard Fire

Unit Information

Texas A & M Forest Service
College Station, TX 77845

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Friday, May 18, 2018, 10:56 a.m.

Fire activity is expected to be minimal with very few hotspots today. Crews will continue to patrol, extinguish any hot spots and conduct erosion-prevention measures. Crews, equipment, and aircraft are being demobilized and the Southern Area Red Incident Management Team will return management of the fire to Texas A&M Forest Service at 7 p.m. tonight.

Aircraft (one small helicopter and one large helicopter) are still assigned to the incident and assisting firefighters.

The temporary flight restriction (TFR) over the fire area remains in effect. It will expire Friday night at 9:00 p.m. While the TFR is in place, the general public is not allowed to fly any aircraft, including drones, within the TFR.


Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseLightning / Natural
Date of OriginTuesday May 08th, 2018 approx. 09:00 PM
Location13 miles east of Wayside
Incident CommanderMike Dueitt, Southern Area Red Incident Management Team, and Rich Gray, Texas A&M Forest Service
Incident DescriptionWildfire
Coordinates34.81 latitude, -101.306 longitude

Current Situation

Total Personnel246
Size75,530 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained77%
Estimated Containment DateTuesday May 29th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM
Fuels Involved

* Tall grass (2.5 feet)

* Brush (2 feet)

* Juniper and mesquite with grass understory

Significant Events

The fire, which is in grass, brush, juniper, and mesquite, exhibited minimal fire behavior Thursday solely of creeping and smoldering.


Planned Actions

* Patrol and mopup the fireline

* Fire-suppression repair

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:

Thursday's warm, dry conditions will dry the vegetation ahead of evening thunderstorms. However, with a 50 percent chance of wetting rain, fire behavior is likely to be moderate to active if fire establishes in unburned fuels.

24 hours:

Weather conditions and dry vegetation will begin to support active to very active fire behavior Friday. The warming, drying trend continues, and wind gusts up to 30 mph are possible.

48 hours:

Warm, dry, unstable weather conditions Saturday, and southwest winds gusting to 25 mph, expect new starts to exhibit active to very active fire behavior.


The Texas A&M Forest Service is responding to multiple fires in the area.

The Mallard Fire is located in rough terrain.

The Summer Field Fire merged with the Mallard Fire.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Abundant sun and increasing southerly winds brought warmer, drier conditions to the fire area Thursday. Strong erratic winds and hail could accompany thunderstorms expected to move into the area Thursday afternoon.

The weather pattern will not change much through Saturday, but a cold front will bring cool and wet weather Sunday and Monday.

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