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Borrega Fire

Unit Information

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

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Borrega Fire Information Map April 2, 2022Image options: [ Full Size ]

The Borrega fire started on March 30th and Texas A&M Forest Service received a request for assistance from Kleberg County at approximately 4:30 pm. The request for assistance came from Kleberg County for Texas A&M Forest Service resource support with the fire located 10 miles south of Kingsville and east of Premont. Unified command was established to assist with containment and suppression efforts.

Voluntary evacuations were put in place in Kleberg County for the Ricardo and Riviera communities, as well as the King Ranch Gas Plant. The evacuations have been lifted as of April 3rd. 
Large Air Tankers assisted firefighters that conducted ground operations  to increase containment along the perimeter. Firing operations were successfully conducted on the east side of the fire to  slow the spread and increase containment. Multiple types of aircraft assisted including an air attack platform, SEATs and the National guard Blackhawk helicopters to do bucket work. 
 
The fire was predominately located on King Ranch property and the management at the ranch will continue to patrol and monitor everything inside the ranch boundary.  The fire experienced excellent moisture recoveries over night with no concerns on April 2nd and the fire officially reached 98% containment. The containment did not reached 100% before Texas A&M Forest Service turned the fire over to locals to manage, but fire managers, in conjunction with King ranch, felt that it was safe to turn over to locals. 

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been put in place over the fire area to ensure a safe environment for aircraft working on the incident. NOTAM number: FDC 2/1842. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html for more information on the TFR. .
 
Federal and state resources have been released and pending any significant change in fire activity this will be the last update for this fire.   

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnknown
Date of OriginWednesday March 30th, 2022 approx. 04:45 PM
Location10 miles West of Kingsville, TX
Incident CommanderJames Russell - Texas A&M Forest Service
Coordinates27.496 latitude, -98.021 longitude

Current Situation

Size51,566 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained98%
Fuels Involved

Grasses and Brush

Significant Events

Fire moderate to high activity all night long with fire walls and crown runs spotting over the line. Town to the

west ,Fremont is a concern. Fire has not laid down at all even with the morning weather. Not having good lines on the west flank. Concerned about the wind shift in an hour. Moving TFMS to the east flank.

Dozer bumping to the slop-over on the west.

Outlook

Planned Actions

If weather allows, Air Tanker drops will be utilized and bull dozer lines will continue to reinforce lines

that had slopped-over.

Projected Incident Activity

Dry fuels and wind will continue to drive fire activity.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Northwest winds between 15 to 18 mph with gusts to 23 mph subsided to under 10 mph and shifted from the north last night. Around midnight, winds became weak and variable until the morning. Mixing heights around 7,500 ft quickly diminished to around 1,200 ft by 10 pm last night. Transport winds gradually weakened and shifted to the north, then northeast throughout the night, subsiding to under 10 mph around midnight.