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Mesquite Heat Fire

Unit Information

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

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The Mesquite Heat Fire started along HWY 277 about 7 miles southwest of Abilene on May 17, 2022.

The fire is now 10,960 acres and 93% contained.

The Southern Area Gold Incident Management Team will transition the Mesquite Heat Fire back to the Texas A&M Forest Service at 6 p.m. on May 29, 2022.

Incident Commander Debbie Beard would like to thank the Texas A&M Forest Service, local fire departments and many other cooperators and resources who have supported operations since the Gold Team assumed command on May 21, 2022.

She also wants to thank the residents in the local community for their hospitality during the team’s stay. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUndetermined
Date of OriginTuesday May 17th, 2022 approx. 04:30 PM
LocationOff of HWY 277, 7 miles southwest of Abilene
Incident CommanderDebbie Beard, ICT2 Southern Area IMT2 Gold Team
Coordinates32.266 latitude, -99.964 longitude

Current Situation

Size10,960 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Dormant Brush, Hardwood Slash

Significant Events

Hot and dry weather is in place over the fire area today. Minimal amounts of smoldering fire behavior from dozer push piles and a few scattered heavy fuels have been observed. Fuels around the perimeter are dry and would easily carry fire.

Outlook

Planned Actions

Via Unified Command with local fire departments and cooperators, continue to improve and monitor fire control line on the northern, western, and southern edges of fire. Mop-up and patrol to limit any fire progression to the north, west, and south.

Projected Incident Activity

12 hours: Near critical fire weather is in place over the fire area. Windy conditions along with hot temperatures and low RHs are causing a sharp increase in fire danger. Minimal smoldering continues from dozer push piles and a few scattered heavy fuels. Fuels around the perimeter are dry and would readily carry fire. Any escape would spread today at extremely high rates of spread.

24 hours: Near critical fire weather conditions continue. Potential red flag warning is possible. Fire danger is high. Minor smoldering continues. Interior burning would be possible. Fuels around the perimeter are dry and would readily carry fire with strong intensity. Any escape would be difficult to suppress.

48 hours: Hot, dry and windy weather continues. Some smoldering continues, but overall heat sources inside the perimeter appear to be minimal. Fuels are very dry around the perimeter and fire behavior in an escape scenario is expected to be fairly intense. Fire danger is very high and continues to increase.

72 hours: Hot weather continues. Winds are forecasted to subside just a bit today. Fire danger remains very high. Heat inside the fire perimeter is minimal with the exception of dozer push piles or juniper duff. Any escape would allow for intense fire spread.

Anticipated after 72 hours: Fire weather and fire danger stabilize a bit. Temps remain high, however, RHs are expected to rise to around 30%. Wind speeds expected to be moderate. Smoldering inside fire footprint may continue as could consumption of unburned fuel on the interior. No precipitation is forecast for at least the next several days.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

Near-critical fire weather concerns are expected today with hot, dry, windy and unstable conditions. Thunderstorms will develop east of US-87 and move east into the Big Country. Storms are expected to dissipate before reaching the fire area but could bring a northwesterly wind shift to the area as outflow moves through. RH recoveries tonight are expected to be fair at best. Mostly sunny today with southeasterly winds of 20-25mph, gusting to 35mph. Temperatures will rise to near 102 with minimum relative humidity values near 20%. Warmer tonight, with temperatures falling to near 72-75F and maximum relative humidity values of 48-51%. Winds southeasterly at 10-15 mph. Hot on Sunday, with highs near 100F and RH 13-16%. Southerly winds increasing to 25-30mph, gusting to 40mph. Slightly cooler on Monday, with highs in the upper 90s and afternoon RH 20-25%. Southerly winds of 20-25 mph. Increasing moisture will then lead to cooler temperatures and partly cloudy skies through late week.