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Coconut Fire Update: May 18, 2022
News - 05/18/2022
Size: 15,000 acres
Date Started: May 17, 2022
State resources from Texas A&M Forest Service (TAMFS) continue to work on the Coconut Fire today, along with mutual aid resorces from sorrunding counties. Dozers continue to construct and improve control lines. Single Engine Air Tankers (SEAT), Very Large Air Tanker (VLAT), and Air Attack (AA) are supporting the ground crews with retardant drops over the active fire line to allow for the engine crew to engage with fire suppression operations, and securing the control lines. Winds are expected to increase this afternoon and the forecast the wind to shift from the south. These conditions will lead to high to extreme fire danger for today. Resources are ready to respond to any initial attack if the need arises.
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 17, a Texas A&M Forest Service firefighter received multiple burn injuries while working on the Coconut Fire in Wilbarger County. A thunderstorm developed near the fire area, causing erratic winds and a sudden change in fire behavior. A downburst from the thunderstorm caused the fire to erupt, and impacted personnel working the fire. One firefighter was injured, receiving burns from radiant heat. The individual was taken to the hospital where they were treated and released. No other firefighters were injured. Our thoughts are with the injured firefighter, their family and friends as well as all personnel involved.
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