Friday, February 05, 2016

Powerline Fire, Big Bend National Park (TX)

February 11, 2016 at 1:25 PM EST
The Powerline Fire that burned 1,792 acres in Big Bend National Park (TX) was contained on February 6, 2016. The Inciweb on the Powerline Fire updated their page on February 6 with containment information. You might also want to see this article from BigBendNow (February 11, 2016).

February 5, 2016 at 3:45 PM EST
Yes, it is winter here in much of the United States, and wildland fires are still happening, including but not necessarily limited to warmer parts of the country such as Texas. On February 1, a downed power line coupled with high winds lead to the Powerline Fire in Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas near the Mexican border. No injuries have been reported and no park structures have burned.

I've seen two slightly different acreage and contaiment information on the Powerline Fire. The last update that I saw from Inciweb on the Powerline Fire (posted sometime on February 4th)  reports that the fire has burned 1,537 acres and is at 55 percent containment (what you see on Inciweb may differ depending on when the page is updated). The Big Bend National Park reports in a post on their Facebook page made about 12:30 PM EST today, that the fire had burned approximately 1,790 acres as of 5PM (local time?) on February 4th with approximately 75 percent containment. I wonder if the the figures reported by Big Bend National Park are the latest figures?

There is at least one type III helicopter with bucket working the fire, see this post by the Big Bend NP on their Facebook page (February 4th). See also this February 4th post by Bill Gabbert on Fire Aviation

Bill Gabbert wrote about the Powerline Fire in a February 2nd post (with updates, maps and photos).

There is a nice photo gallery of the fire on this Inciweb Powerline Fire page.

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