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.
|Current as of|
|Cause||Lightning / Natural|
|Date of Origin||Tuesday May 08th, 2018 approx. 09:00 PM|
|Location||13 miles east of Wayside|
|Incident Commander||Mike Dueitt, Southern Area Red Incident Management Team, and Rich Gray, Texas A&M Forest Service|
|Coordinates||34.81 latitude, -101.306 longitude|
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||77%|
|Estimated Containment Date||Tuesday May 29th, 2018 approx. 12:00 AM|
* Tall grass (2.5 feet)
* Brush (2 feet)
* Juniper and mesquite with grass understory
The fire, which is in grass, brush, juniper, and mesquite, exhibited minimal fire behavior Thursday solely of creeping and smoldering.
* Patrol and mopup the fireline
* Fire-suppression repair
|Projected Incident Activity|
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.
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.
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.
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.