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Eastland Complex

Unit Information

Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas
College Station, TX 77845

This incident is no longer being updated.

Eastland Complex PIO Map for March 27th, 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

Multiple wildfires burning southwest of Eastland, Texas have been combined for management purposes into the Eastland Complex. This includes the Walling, Wheat Field, Kidd, Oak Mott, Blowing Basin, Mangum, and Cedar Mountain Fires. The Walling Fire started on March 16th, the Wheat Field, Kidd, and Oak Mott Fires on March 17th, and Blowing Basin, Mangum, Cedar Mountain Fires started on March 20th. Texas A&M Forest Service resources including heavy equipment, fire engines, overhead, and Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) strike teams are responding. The fires are actively burning in thick brush and grass fields. Crews were initially focused on operations related to life safety and structure protection, and containment line creation where possible. 

Weather on the day of ignitions included highs that were expected to reach the mid-80's, minimum relative humidity between 12 and 15 percent with strong and gusty winds from the southwest. A wind shift blew through the region at approximately 9:00 pm, remaining strong and gusty, and causing the head of the fire to shift to moving in a southerly direction. Strong winds and critically dry grasses contributed to extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread across the landscape.

Evacuations are no longer mandatory, only voluntary.
 
No growth or significant activity was observed yesterday, on any of the seven fires making up the Eastland Complex. Several resources were released to active fires elsewhere in the state. April 1st, 2022 fire officials have transitioned the Eastland Complex Fire from the Southern Area Gray Team to local jurisdiction.
 
 Pending any significant change in fire activity this will be the last update for this fire.  

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginThursday March 17th, 2022 approx. 06:45 PM
LocationEastland County in and around Carbon, Rising Star, Gorman, De Leon (Comache Co.)
Incident CommanderMitch Ketron IC-Gray Team
Coordinates32.223 latitude, -98.937 longitude

Current Situation

Size54,513 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Tall Grass (2.5 feet)

Timber (Litter and Understory)

Agricultural Land and WUI

Significant Events

Minimal

All lines patrolled and checked. After wetting rain last night, 100% containment called.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Final patrols and respond to IA as requested.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours:NO field staffing overnight.

24 hours:Eastland Complex fires will be patrolled again tomorrow for one last look by personnel.

48 hours:Debrief, and transition briefing back to local jurisdictions to occur Friday.

Initial attack fires could start; but Eastland Complex fires are contained.

72 hours:Anticipated after 72 hours: Additional rain chances may arrive Friday night and early next week.

Remarks

Resources with time remaining have been reallocated across the state; others demobilizing by Friday. Last 209 report from SA Gray Team.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Low fire weather concerns are expected through tomorrow due to

recent rainfall and light winds. Breezy winds, warm temperatures,

and low afternoon humidity values will result in elevated concerns

mainly west of I-35 on Friday and through the weekend. Low fire

weather concerns are expected next week as widespread rain chances

return Monday and Tuesday.