It is approximately 12 noon on September 11, 2011 here in the Tri-County Wildfire zone and fires remain active on both sides of FM 1486 in Crown Ranch and on Hall Drive South to FM 1774. At approximately 10:30 a.m., FM 1486 requested further resources. Crown Ranch has active fire. Hall Drive has active fire. There is no update with regard to Shady Oaks at this time. The hellicopters and smaller planes are constantly flying over with water in hopes of dousing this ongoing wildfire.
There have been over 22,000 acres burned in all three counties, Montgomery, Grimes and Waller. There has not been any loss of life.
While new fires crop up, such as on 11121 Nora, Montgomery Fair Grounds area which was reported to have sparked as a result of smoke and embers traveling in the area. The City of Magnolia was still suffering greatly from this as a direct result this morning and calling for additional resources.
Other locations of wildfire reportings are FM 1774 at Escondido Ranch’s entry, 1799 FM 1474 just south of State 105 on FM 2854; 19402 Bauer near Hill Top Ranch Road was a grass fire at approximately 11:15 a.m., this location is between FM 2920 and Becker Roads, nearly Hockley. There is a small grassfire near Peaceful Valley and Canyon Lake (east Montgomery County) and Cementary road.
During the entire morning hours, as appropriate to the actual date and times, the emergency system would break in throughout the morning for a moment of silence in recognition of the World Trade Center and 9/11 catastrophe when the planes would hit the towers, when the individual towers fell, when the pentagon was struck and when Flight 93 went down in Pennsylvania.
Furhter locations of reported wildfire is off of McCaleb and Austin McCombs, 21003 Amber Lane, tree on fire, This location is behind Sonic on Sate Highway 105 and another is 240 McFarland, dogwood tree jumped the tree, on a controlled burn.
Last evening was Panorama Village’s moment, but the DC-10 swooped right in and extinguished that fire within moments of its start. The DC-10 was previously dubbed the Red Dragon, but perhaps, taking from military days, we should rename this plane, for this purpose, Puff the Magic Dragon, due to its powerful drops of retardant and instant successes.
There appears to be a report of ember ignition and/or hot spots, smoke and grass fires on average every 4 minutes this morning. Remember, this is a burn ban State.
We will keep you updated as events become known.