The Vivian Fire started Tuesday, August 20, approximately 8 miles west of Crowell on Highway 70 in Foard County. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The fire was very active yesterday. Crews worked to anchor and flank the east and west sides of the fire, working from the heel of the fire north to construct containment lines. Aerial resources, including a DC-10, made retardant drops along both flanks of the fire, helping ground units and slowing fire spread. Maintainers (motor graders) and other heavy equipment worked to build direct line along the northern edge of the fire.
Today, crews will build dozer line from the heel of the fire to the north as close to the fire’s edge as possible. Engine crews will mop up and patrol containment lines, watching for flare-ups and spot fires over containment lines. If possible, crews will conduct burning operations to remove pockets of unburned vegetation between the fire’s edge and containment lines.
A Code Red for part of Hardeman County was sent August 22 at 2 pm: Emergency Management Officials are informing citizens in western Hardeman County, including the Goodlett area, to be highly aware for a potential increase in fire danger due to the close proximity of the Foard County fire and weather forecasts including potential of 60 mph wind gusts. It is recommended that you take precautions for possible evacuation. Gather important documents and medications in the event an evacuation is necessary.
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.