McDannald Fire Update
Friday, May 4, 2018
Fire Information Line: 432-558-8311
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Size: 18,892 acres Location: Approximately 20 miles west of Fort Davis, Texas County: Jeff Davis
Start Date: April 30, 2018 Containment: 23% Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 385
The fire is burning in brush and grass in steep terrain east of Valentine, northwest of Marfa and west of Fort Davis, Texas within the Highway 118/166 scenic loop. Ridgetop dead Ponderosa pines from the drought in 2011are scattered along ridges including Paradise Ridge above the Davis Mountain Resort.
Yesterday’s Activities: The fire did not grow significantly yesterday and the reduction in acreage reflects more refined mapping. Most active fire was limited to the northern flank of the fire west of Davis Mountain Resort along Paradise Ridge. Firefighters concentrated on cooling hot spots in these areas with water drops from helicopters, single-engine airplanes, and heavy air tanker airplanes. They also mopped up and patrolled burned areas and extended a fireline in the HO Canyon to The Nature Conservancy lands. The Southern Area Red Team, with Incident Commander Mike Dueitt, assumed unified command of the fire with the Texas A&M Forest Service. Overnight the fire was quiet and a trace of rain fell on the southern part of the fire. No rain fell on the northern part of the fire.
Today’s Activities: A 180 degree change in wind direction today with winds from the northeast may push fire the fire back on itself, but unburned areas in the fire perimeter may ignite and spread into unburned areas. Firefighters will continue to protect the Davis Mountain Resort by grading and improving access through Tomahawk Road, building fireline, assessing and helping protecting homes, and cooling hot spots along Paradise Ridge with water drops from helicopters and airplanes. They will also continue to protect the Crow’s Nest subdivision. Crews will also mop up, patrol and continue to hold existing firelines. There is a temporarily flight restriction in place over the fire area.
Resources threatened: Currently the fire is a half a mile from the closest house in the Davis Mountain Resort, a community of about 400 homes. This area, at the northeast flank of the fire east of Paradise Ridge, is a priority concern due to an accumulation of dead and dry vegetation and poor road access. The Crow’s Nest community of about 30 homes at the southeast flank of the fire is also of concern, but good progress has been made in containing the southern flank near those homes.
Evacuations: A voluntary evacuation is in place for the Davis Mountain Resort because of firefighting personnel and equipment in the area and hot spots on Paradise Ridge above the community.
Weather: Mostly sunny and dry, with high temperatures in the low 70’s and minimum relative humidity in the teens. Northeast winds 15-20 mph.
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