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Black Ranch Fire

Unit Information

Texas A&M Forest Service
College Station, TX 77845

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A fire started in southern Palo Pinto county on Tuesday July 2nd and local resources quickly began suppression. Texas A&M Forest Service was requested for assistance due to the rapid growth and the heavy fuels the fire was burning in. Dozers, engines, and a crew module responded and began constructing line. With the dry juniper fuels present in the area, resources are spending a significant amount of effort identifying and containing spot fires. Engines from Palo Pinto, Parker, and Hood counties all have been supporting the line construction by putting out heats along the lines that could threaten the constructed dozer lines. Once the dozer lines have been completed and conditions have moderated some, resources will be conducting some burn operations into this evening to remove some of the need for extensive mop up. This purposeful burning will speed up the consumption of fuels left inside the dozer line to better secure this fire. 

 High temperatures and low humidity will continue to cause issues for firefighters and responders in North Texas through this week and weekend. These conditions allow for continued drying of already dry fuels and help fires start and spread quicker. 

Residents can help by working to reduce any sparks they create. Any actions like chains dragging, welding, campfires can all start fires now due to the dry fuels. Helping to reduce the overall number of fire starts allow resources to focus on the large fires needing a high number of resources. 

Basic Information

Current as of
Incident TypeWildfire
CauseUnder Investigation
Date of OriginTuesday August 02nd, 2022 approx. 03:00 PM
Location5 miles southeast of Santo, Texas
Incident CommanderJacob Smith, Texas A&M Forest Service
Coordinates32.561 latitude, -98.124 longitude

Current Situation

Size13 Acres
Percent of Perimeter Contained100%
Fuels Involved

Thick juniper brush and leaf litter


Planned Actions

Crews are working on extensive mop up, putting out any hot areas along the edge. Additionally resources are working through the area outside of the fire edge to ensure there are no spot fires.

Current Weather

Weather Concerns

The winds are currently light out of the east-southeast with RH around 60 percent. Today will be hot, dry, and breezy with the temperature climbing into the low-mid 100s later this afternoon.

RH will fall to around 23 percent by 1600. The winds will briefly become out of the south-southwest by 0900 before becoming out of the southeast early this afternoon. Wind speeds will increase for several hours this evening before weakening late tonight. Better RH recovery is expected tonight, peaking around 75 percent by daybreak Saturday.

Saturday will be another hot, dry, and breezy day but with slightly lower temperatures and slightly higher humidity.

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