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Copper Breaks Fire

Unit Information

Texas A&M Forest Service
College Station, TX 77845

Daily Update August 23, 2019

Copper Breaks Fire Wildfire
News – 8/23/2019

The Copper Breaks Fire started Friday, August 16, approximately 6 miles south of Quanah, Texas along Highway 6 in Hardeman County. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Crews worked directly at the fire’s edge yesterday constructing, connecting, and maintaining containment lines. Firefighters extinguished flare-ups burning interior to the fireline and helped to break up and cool hot spots in brush piles along bulldozer berms. Engine crews continued to patrol and check on structures and containment lines throughout the fire area.

Firefighters will continue to focus on improving existing containment lines on the fire today. Engine crews will patrol and check the lines, working hot spots as needed. Heavy equipment will construct more direct line where topography allows, particularly along the western edge of the fire.

There have been no reports of injuries or primary residence loss on this fire.
Temperatures will drop below 100 degrees Fahrenheit with increased relative humidity between 27-32 percent. Showers and storms will be present in the fire area late afternoon through midnight. Gusty outflow winds and lightning as a result of the storms is a concern for the area. There will be a south-southwest wind at 7 mph until noon, transitioning to south-southeast winds at 6-11 mph with gusts of 18 mph. While these are improved conditions, fire behavior and resistance to control continue to be at critical levels.