west texas wildfires http://kut.org en Texas Wildfires Easing Up http://kut.org/post/texas-wildfires-easing <p><a href="http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/default.aspx">The Texas Forest Service </a>says the last team of out-of-state firefighters is scheduled to leave tomorrow, as the number of active wildfires across Texas shrinks.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;It has really scaled back quite a bit. Right now, today we&rsquo;re working on one 500-acre fire in West Texas, but that&rsquo;s the only major one we are&nbsp;on right now. A few weeks ago we had 20 or more going at a time,&rdquo;&nbsp;Forest Service&nbsp;spokeswoman April Saginor told KUT News. Tue, 24 May 2011 17:29:58 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 1549 at http://kut.org Texas Wildfires Easing Up Massive Mexican Wildfire Scorches 500,000 Acres http://kut.org/post/massive-mexican-wildfire-scorches-500000-acres <p>As large wildfires in Texas grab most of the US media&#39;s attention, a large piece of sparely populated land is being scorched by flames in Northern Mexico.&nbsp; The fires, named El Bonito and La Sabina, are among the largest in Mexican history. More than 493,827 acres have been scorched since mid-March, the <em><a href="http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=392059&amp;CategoryId=14091">Latin American Herald Tribune reports</a></em>.</p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 22:09:38 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1280 at http://kut.org Massive Mexican Wildfire Scorches 500,000 Acres Top Morning Stories April 15, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-april-15-2011 <p><strong>Red Flag Warning as Texas Wildfires&nbsp;Continue Burning</strong></p><p>A red flag warning is in effect in Central Texas until 7 p.m today.&nbsp; Dry, windy conditions, coupled with low humidity, mean any outdoor fires would spread quickly.&nbsp; Firefighters are still battling blazes across the state including one of the biggest ones in West Texas, the Rockhouse fire.&nbsp; It&#39;s burned 166,000 acres in the Ft. Davis area.&nbsp; You can keep track of the state&#39;s wildfire situation with updates from the Texas Forest Service <a href="http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888">here</a>.</p><p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 11:15:37 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 1214 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories April 15, 2011 Ag Commissioner Sets Up Fire Relief Fund http://kut.org/post/ag-commissioner-sets-fire-relief-fund <p>After a tour of West Texas ranches and rangeland <a href="http://kut.org/2011/04/firefighters-continue-battling-wildfires-across-texas/">burned by wildfires</a>, Texas Agriculture Commissioner <a href="http://commissionertoddstaples.blogspot.com/">Todd Staples</a> has set up <a href="http://www.reporternews.com/news/2011/apr/12/governor-gets-aerial-tour-of-west-texas-fires/">a public donation fund</a> to help ranchers whose land has been devastated.&nbsp; He said the State of Texas Agricultural Relief Fund, or STAR Fund, is the best place to donate and give help.</p> Thu, 14 Apr 2011 19:25:08 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 1213 at http://kut.org Ag Commissioner Sets Up Fire Relief Fund Dramatic Images Of West Texas Wildfires http://kut.org/post/dramatic-images-west-texas-wildfires <p><object height="269" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TEhjYtWRyVQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="269" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TEhjYtWRyVQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>Large wildfires erupted yesterday in Brewster and Angelina counties, adding to the 309,500 acres of wildfires the Texas Forest Service has battled over the last week. A Garland-based company called <a href="http://www.skyhelicopters.com/SKY/Home.html">Sky Helicopters</a> posted the video above to YouTube.&nbsp; Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:37:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1079 at http://kut.org Texas Forest Service Provides Update On West Texas Wildfires http://kut.org/post/texas-forest-service-provides-update-west-texas-wildfires <p>Here&#39;s the latest information from the Texas Forest Service as it struggles to contain wildfires that have already blackened 309,500 acres. This report was circulated to media this morning. We present it to you in its entirety.</p><blockquote><h2>TEXAS FOREST SERVICE INCIDENT MANAGEMENT SITUATION REPORT<br />Monday, April 11, 2011<br />National Preparedness Level: 1<br />Southern Area Preparedness Level: 3<br />TFS Preparedness Level: 5</h2><p align="center"><img height="2" src="file:///C:/DOCUME%7E1/njb557/LOCALS%7E1/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image001.gif" width="698" /></p><h2>CURRENT SITUATION</h2><p><strong>Yesterday Texas Forest Service responded to 12 fires for 22,432 acres, including new large fires in Brewster and Angelina counties.&nbsp; In the past seven days TFS has responded to 83 fires for 309,526 acres.&nbsp; </strong> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:25:40 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1078 at http://kut.org Texas Forest Service Provides Update On West Texas Wildfires Parts Of Central Texas Are Drier Than West Texas Wildfire Zone http://kut.org/post/parts-central-texas-are-drier-west-texas-wildfire-zone <p>As wildfires tear across West Texas and leave a 309,500 acre path of scorched earth, the drought situation here in Central Texas is becoming increasingly dangerous. Patches of the region are experiencing the most intense drought conditions classified by the US Drought Monitor. &nbsp;</p><p>&quot;We&#39;re extremely dry, and because of that our fire danger has really gone up,&quot; Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bob Rose told KUT News. &quot;It&#39;s one of the driest six month periods on records.&quot;</p> Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:07:27 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1077 at http://kut.org Parts Of Central Texas Are Drier Than West Texas Wildfire Zone