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Event Details

Event Wildfire
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Begin Date 04/09/2011 14:30:00 CST-6
End Date 04/14/2011 12:00:00 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 200.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A potent spring-time storm system impacted the western and central U.S. during the 9th and 10th of April. Strong wind through a deep layer of the atmosphere overspread the Southern Plains on the 9th as the parent storm system initially approached the southern Rockies. The strengthening wind fields overspread pronounced surface heating and drying over the Southern Plains. This resulted in an outbreak of wind-driven wildfires across portions of five states.

Locally on the South Plains, winds that gusted upwards of 59 mph (Hockely County) contributed to two significant and damaging wildfires. The 'Prentice' Fire ignited in Terry County around midday on the 9th. The fire consumed 15,000 acres and destroyed three outbuildings and at least 50 utility poles. Five homes were threatened before the fire was contained during the late afternoon.

Shortly before 14:00 CST, a large fire broke out near the Garza and Crosby County line north of Post. This fire quickly grew to become the massive and long-lived 'Killough' Fire, which eventually consumed 54,000 acres in northern Garza and southern Crosby County before it was contained on the 14th. The 'Killough' Fire destroyed one home and an oil field station. The development of additionally extremely critical fire weather on the 10th resulted in a 20-mile run of the 'Killough' Fire. By 20:30 CST on the 10th the fire threatened 60 homes near White River Lake in southeastern Crosby County and evacuation orders were issued. No serious injuries were reported.

Total economic loss from the 'Prentice' and 'Killough' Fires was estimated at $750,000.
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 750.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 04/09/2011 11:30 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 350.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 04/09/2011 13:45 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 04/09/2011 14:30 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 200.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 04/09/2011 16:25 CST-6 High Wind 51 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 750.00K 0.00K