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Surprise Fire

Unit Information

Texas A & M Forest Service
College Station, TX 77845

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Surprise Fire in Palo Pinto County, July 2018.Image options: [ Full Size ]

Local volunteer firefighters and Texas A&M Forest Service wildland firefighters are currently working to contain the Surprise Fire in Palo Pinto County. The fire started July 2, 2018 west of Palo Pinto, TX. Texas A&M Forest Service is working in unified command with Palo Pinto County.

The wildfire is burning in rough terrain, with multiple structures threatened and saved. Ground crews are constructing fireline with dozers while engines are engaged in structure protection. Aerial resources, including Heavy Air Tankers, Single Engine Air Tankers, and helicopters, are assisting ground crews with retardant and water drops. Air Attack is relaying fire size and behavior, working in unison with aerial resources and ground crews.

A temporary flight restriction is in place, NOTAM 8/7930, over the fire area to provide a safe environment for firefighting aircraft.

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
Date of OriginMonday July 02nd, 2018 approx. 03:00 PM
LocationPalo Pinto County, TX
Incident CommanderGary Lee, Palo Pinto County; Rich Gray, Texas A&M Forest Service
Coordinates32.759 latitude, -98.355 longitude

Current Situation

Size4,483 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

tall grass, shrub, hardwood (grass understory)