Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Wildfire
State TEXAS
County/Area BROOKS
WFO BRO
Report Source Park/Forest Service
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-04-30 15:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-04-30 23:59:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative Continuing extreme to exceptional drought across Deep South Texas and the Lower Rio Grande Valley, as well as two dry days on April 28th and 29th (following a late season cold front), and low rainfall from an event on April 27th and 28th, resulted in very low one-hour fuel moisture, which then combined with gusty southeasterly flow and rapid dispersion potential through a dry and elevated mixing layer off the surface to help two wildfires to explosively develop during the afternoon of April 30th. In total, these new fires quickly burned more than 2500 acres, mostly in Brooks County.
Event Narrative A second wildfire, known as the Mestena Fire, located 10 miles west of Federal Highway 281 on Farm to Market (FM) Road 755, along the Brooks/Jim Hogg County line, rapidly spread to 697 acres at roughly the same time as the nearby Las Cuatas Fire near Rachal. This wildfire, also spread by gusty southeast winds and occurring with excellent dispersion, threatened three homes, and destroyed one outbuilding.
The Texas Department of Public Safety provided aircraft to the scene, and Volunteer Fire Departments and other local emergency management support assisted from nearby counties and cities, including Brooks, Hidalgo, Willacy, and Cameron County. The fire was contained later that night into the morning of May 1st.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROOKS (ZONE) BROOKS (ZONE) TX 04/30/2008 15:00 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BROOKS (ZONE) BROOKS (ZONE) TX 04/30/2008 15:00 CST-6 Wildfire 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K