Fast-moving wildfires near Fort Hood, Texas’s vast military base, continue to grow in scale but do not threaten life, homes, or infrastructure.
As of the end of Monday, the Crittenberg Complex, consisting of three wildfires in Coryell County, Texas, had burned more than 33,000 acres and contained 55%. Texas A & M Forest Department said..
Fire trackers InciWeb reports that grass and brushes are the main sources of fire. About 80 people are assigned to fire extinguishing activities.
No evacuation orders have been issued at this time, but fire authorities say residents in the areas around Flat, Fort Gates and Gatesville need to be prepared to leave.
The fire was not due to open burning at Fort Hood, but could have been caused by soldiers training live ammunition with firearms or mortar training a few days ago at the range of their weapons. Is high. Military officials said on Twitter..
“Late last week, we thought things were going pretty well,” Colonel Chad Foster, commander of the Fort Hood garrison, said at a press conference on Monday.
“The situation got a lot worse,” he said, as the wind strengthened and turned around in about two hours.
According to the National Weather Service, a red flag warning was issued on Tuesday indicating critical fire weather conditions in most parts of Texas. Other parts of the state were receiving wind recommendations.
Slightly higher relative humidity was predicted on Tuesday in south-central Texas, but winds up to 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph were expected overnight.
“The fuel remains abnormally dry, which leads to a lively season of wildfires that are difficult to contain,” meteorologists said. “We do not strongly recommend outdoor activities that could lead to sparks and the resulting potential for wildfires.”
“This won’t be a 48-hour fire,” Mary Leathers, a spokeswoman for Texas A & M Forest Services, said at a press conference on Monday. “This fire will last for days, if not weeks.”
Officials will not put out the fire, she said, “especially in the situation Texas is experiencing now.”
“That said, people need to be vigilant there and do what they can to reduce the onset of fires,” she continued.
Also this month, authorities fought a fire in the Eastland Complex and burned in the western part of the Dallas / Fort Worth area. The fire killed at least one person and destroyed dozens of homes. It burns almost 55,000 acres and is 90 percent contained. Officials said The end of Monday.