Mallard and McDannald Fires Update
Friday May 11, 2018
Fire Information Line: 432-558-8311
The Mallard and McDannald Fires are being managed by the Southern Area Red Incident Management Team in unified command with the Texas A&M Forest Service. Mike Dueitt (Red Team Incident Commander) will join Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Commander Rich Gray in unified command of the Mallard Fire on Friday May 12 at 0700.
The Mallard Fire is in Armstrong County.
Size: 20,000 acres Location: Approximately 25 miles southeast of Amarillo 10 miles south of Clyde, Texas County: Armstrong Start Date: May 8, 2018 Containment: 15% Cause: Unknown Total Personnel: 64 Large helicopters: 2 Small helicopters: 2 Single-engine air tankers: 3 Engines: 11 Dozers: 6 Graders: 3
The Mallard Fire started on Tuesday May 8. The fire is located onthe JA Ranch and in Mulberry Canyon to the north. The fire is burning in cedar, mesquite and grass.
Yesterday’s Activities: Extreme fire conditions make it unsafe to construct direct fireline (against the edge of the fire), so dozers and engines constructed indirect fireline along roads and potential natural barriers. Helicopters, large air tankers and single engine air tankers (SEATs) also attacked the fire yesterday.
Today’s Activities: The sameextreme fire conditions exist today. Dozers, engines and handcrews will continue constructing indirect fireline around the fire and conduct structure protection if possible. Aircraft are assisting ground firefighters.
Resources threatened: Threats include ranch houses and other structures – some of which are on a historic register.
Evacuations: Armstrong County Office of Emergency Management reports evacuations of residents south of 287 and Goodnight, including Bradley Ranch. For more information contact: Armstrong County Dispatch: 806-226-3151.
Weather: Friday’s weather forecast is continued hot, dry and very unstable conditions with an afternoon high temperature of 100. Winds will be south to southwest at 15-25 mph. Gusts of up to 60 mph are possible in canyons. Friday’s forecast RH is 8% recovering to 43% Friday evening. Isolated thunderstorms are likely this afternoon. Today’s Haines Index is 6, which denotes the highest level of atmospheric instability. This indicates the highest potential for explosive fire growth.
The McDannald Fire is being managed as a Unified Command between Mike Dueitt and Les Rogers (Texas A&M Forest Service).
The fire was quiet on Thursday. Crews patrolled and mopped up as needed. Some interior smokes were discovered near Paradise Mountain. Because they presented no threat to the fireline and firefighters want the heavy fuels to be consumed, they monitored rather than put out the smokes. A portion of the Red Team has been reassigned and mobilized to support operations in the Texas Panhandle. Some McDannald resources have been also been reassigned to the Texas Panhandle to assist.
Today crews will continue to patrol and mop up where needed.
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.