McDannald Fire Update
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Fire Information Line: 432-558-8311
Size: 19,043 acres Location: Approximately 20 miles west of Fort Davis, Texas County: Jeff Davis
Start Date: April 30, 2018 Containment: 77% Cause: Lightning Total Personnel: 336 Large helicopters: 3 Medium helicopters: 1 Small helicopters: 1 Single-engine air tankers: 3 Engines: 31
The fire continues burning in pine and juniper brush and tall 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 2011 are scattered along ridges including Paradise Ridge above the Davis Mountain Resort.
Yesterday’s Activities: Dozers and crews continued to improve indirect fireline. Wildland engines and aircraft hit hot spots with water along the fire edge. Firefighters cold-trailed and mopped-up the fire edge and continued structure protection activities. Several resources were designated for release tomorrow morning.
Today’s Activities: Dozers and crews will continue improving the indirect fireline. Hand crews, wildland engines and aircraft will continue working hot spots along the fire edge. Firefighters will cold trail and mop-up the fire edge where possible and will continue structure protection activities. Mark Jamieson (Operations Section Chief) emphasized the importance of improving the fireline and putting out hot spots to continue to lower the risk of the fire to the surrounding area, saying that “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” There is a temporary 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: Thursday’s weather forecast is for continued hot, dry and very unstable conditions. Afternoon temperatures from 89-93, southwest to west winds between 8-12 mph and 7-11% RH. Temperatures will gradually cool this weekend and the chance of thunderstorms will return as moisture increases.
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