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Event Details

Event Wildfire
State TEXAS
County/Area BROOKS
WFO BRO
Begin Date 12/01/2010 13:30:00 CST-6
End Date 12/02/2010 04:00:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 50.00K
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative Cured fuels, low humidity, and a tractor setting off sparks in high grass was the flammable combination to set off and rapidly spread a wildfire mainly across southwest Brooks County, though some of the fire impacted extreme northeastern Starr County and extreme northwestern Hidalgo County near Farm to Market Roads 755 and 1017. The fire rapidly grew to 2000 acres and would not be contained and controlled until early the morning of December 2nd.
Event Narrative The combination of extremely low humidity (10 percent), recently cured fuels from earlier dry weather on November 30th and a dry freeze earlier on the 1st, and a tractor driving through high grass and producing sparks set off a blaze which would spread rapidly and become a 2,000 acre conflagration on the Burns (Encinitos) Ranch, mainly in Southwestern Brooks County along FM 755. The fire, thankfully, was contained and controlled before reaching any oil tankers on the grounds of the 38,000+ acre ranch.

Twenty-four fire departments, as well as fire fighters from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Texas Forest Service, helped quell the fire during the early morning hours of December 2nd. Firefighters from Brooks, Hidalgo, Starr, Jim Hogg, and other locations were staged on 50 vehicles through the event.

Damage estimates were unavailable as of this writing.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
BROOKS (ZONE) BROOKS (ZONE) TX 12/01/2010 13:30 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 50.00K 0.00K