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Texas Forest Service Responded To More Fires

Saturday April 16,2011 , Texas Forest Service has responded to 17 new fires.

NEW FIRES

Young County, Smith Fire - 2,000 acres, 85 percent contained.

Jack County, Bryson Fire Complex, two fires - 7,500 acres. 50 homes threatened and 30 homes evacuated. TFS resource responding today include an Air Attack, a Heavy Helicopter, and a Task Force of dozers and engines.

CARRYOVER FIRES

Wichita County, Wichita County Complex - 7,500 acres in 3 separate fires.

Iowa Park West Fire, 3,000 acres, 80 percent contained. There were 7 homes and 6 out buildings lost with 27 direct saves. The remaining 4,500 acres is shared between the Missile and Holiday fires. TFS resources responding today include Air Attack and a Task Force of Engines and dozers.

Stephens County, PK West Fire and Palo Pinto County, Hohertz Fire - These two fires burned together last night and, combined, total 45,500 acres. 31 homes and one church destroyed were destroyed Friday. These two fires have now merged into one long, large fire. An Incident Command Post has been established near Strawn. The State Operations Center is reporting there are 300+ homes being evacuated on FM 2353 between Park Road 36 and State Highway (SH) 16 and there were a reported 300+ homes being threatened. 10 percent containment. TFS resources committed to these two fires today include 2 Air Attacks, two heavy Helitankers, 2 TXARNG Blackhawk Helicopters, three 20-person hand crews, 3 Task Forces of dozers and engines, 4 TIFMAS Stike Teams of engines, and a TIFMAS Task Force of engines and water tenders .

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