At 4:30pm Texas A&M Forest Service received a request for assistance from fire departments in Kaufman County for assistance with a grass fire in thick fuels. Working together in Unified Command, local and Texas A&M Forest Service resources are working to stop this fire.
A variety of aerial and ground resources are working to stop the forwards process of this fire, including planes, helicopters, dozers, and engines. Dozers are creating lines around the fire free of plant material, or fuel, while the aircraft have been dropping water to slow down the fire.
Hot and dry conditions are expected to continue through the week with little to no chance of reprieve. Residents should stay clear of the area to ensure that firefighters can work safely. When there is a lot of aircraft flying in an area, drones can cause some major problems. When drones are identified on a fire, all air operations has to cease until the drone is removed. Please remember, if you fly we can't.
|Current as of||Fri, 08/05/2022 - 10:02|
|Date of Origin|
|Location||7.5 miles south of Kaufman, Texas|
|Incident Commander||Jesse Sloan, Texas A&M Forest Service|
|Incident Description||Wildfire burning in thick fuels near the King's Creek drainage|
32° 26' 56'' Latitude
|Percent of Perimeter Contained||100%|
Construct dozer lines around the perimeter of the fire to stop fire growth. Mop up perimeter of the fire, extinguishing all heat.
Hot conditions will continue the rest of today as highs reach to between 103 and 105 degrees. The hot temperatures and low dew points will lead to relative humidity values around 20%, as south winds stay around 7-10 mph with an occasional gust in excess of 15 mph through 7 pm.
An isolated thunderstorm with erratic wind gusts and occasional lightning strikes will be possible later tonight through Monday morning, as an upper disturbance and weak cool front approach the area. Low temperatures early Monday morning will only fall to around 80 degrees with RH values recovering to around 60% with south winds remaining at or below 10 mph. The extreme heat continues on Monday and generally for the entire week. Highs will reach around 105 degrees on Monday with RH falling to around 20% again late in the afternoon. Heat index will be 107 to 108 degrees. Winds become southwest 10 to 15 mph and occasionally gusty after mid morning Monday.