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McDannald Fire

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

2018-5-12 Update McDannald (and Mallard) Fire

McDannald Fire Wildfire
News – 5/12/2018






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) joined Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Commander Rich Gray in unified command of the Mallard Fire on Saturday May 12 at 0700.

The Mallard Fire is in Armstrong County.

Size: 47,407 acres Location: Approximately 25 miles southeast of Amarillo 10 miles south of Claude, Texas County: Armstrong Start Date: May 8, 2018 Containment: 15% Cause: Unknown Total Personnel: 140 Large helicopters: 2 Small helicopters: 1 Single-engine air tankers: 5 Engines: 4 Dozers: 6

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 rugged terrain with cedar, mesquite and grass for fuel.

Yesterday’s Activities: The fire grew by over 20,000 acres between Thursday and Friday. Firefighters worked to contain a 180-acre portion of the fire that crossed Highway 287 near Kilo Road in the Goodnight community Friday evening. Extreme fire conditions made it unsafe to construct direct fireline (against the edge of the fire), so dozers, maintainers and engines continued constructing indirect fireline along roads and potential natural barriers. Helicopters, large air tankers and single engine air tankers (SEATs) attacked the fire yesterday. Extreme fire behavior produced lightning strikes along a line from northeast of the fire through the northeast corner of the Texas Panhandle and into Oklahoma.

Today’s Activities: Dozers, engines and handcrews will continue constructing control lines around the fire and conduct structure protection. Helicopters, SEATs and air tankers will support firefighters on the ground. Firefighters are working to hold the fire south of Highway 2272, east of CR 22 (Farm to Market Road), south of Highway 287, southwest of Salt Fork Red River and west of Highway 70.

Resources threatened: Threats include ranch houses and other structures – some of which are on a historic register.

Evacuations: Armstrong County Office of Emergency Management reported evacuation of residents south of 287 and Goodnight, which includes the Bradley Ranch, and between CR 22 and CR 29. For more information contact: Armstrong County Dispatch: 806-226-3151.

Weather: Saturday’s weather forecast is continued hot, dry and very unstable conditions with an afternoon high temperature of 95-97. Winds will be south to southwest at 15-20 mph. Gusts of up to 25 mph. Saturday’s forecast RH is 13% recovering to 65-70% Friday evening. Isolated thunderstorms are likely this afternoon. Today’s Haines Index is 6, the highest level of atmospheric instability, which will support very active and extreme fire behavior.

The McDannald Fire is being managed as a Unified Command between Mike Dueitt and Les Rogers (Texas A&M Forest Service).

Summary: Minimal fire activity was observed on Friday. Crews continued patrolling and mopping up along the fireline. The voluntary evacuation order for the McDannald Fire area will be lifted at 10 am today.