UPDATE - From Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

    There is an urgent need for localized relief in the form of feed, hay and fencing supplies for our fellow Texans suffering though the Eastland Complex and surrounding area #wildfires

    Gorman Milling Co., Inc.
    Fiber Plant 1200 E Townsend
    Gorman, Tx, 76454
    Contact: Luke Fritts 254-485-9193

    Monetary donations are being coordinated by the Texas Department of Agriculture through their star funding account (via PayPal)

    More information on the STAR fund can be found:

    WILDFIRE UPDATE - March 19 at 12 p.m.

    On March 18, 2022, Texas A&M Forest Service fire resources responded to 7 new requests for assistance on wildfires that burned 1,339 acres across the state. Fire resources continued suppression efforts on 5 carryover fires from March 17, 2022. In total, agency firefighters worked on 13 wildfires for 71,074 acres on March 18, 2022. 


    A fatality occurred on the Eastland Complex. On March 17, 2022, Deputy Sergeant Barbara Fenley died in the line of duty while assisting with evacuations during the fire. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the individual during this difficult time. For more information:

    Active Fires:

    • - Eastland Complex, Eastland County - est. 45,383 acres, 15% contained 
    • - Crews Gap Fire, Runnels County - est. 7,500 acres, 80% contained


    Contained Fires (100%):

    • - Realitos Fire, Duval County - 100 acres
    • - Chico Lane Fire, Reagan County - 8,000 acres
    • - Edmunson Fire, Sterling County - 3,861 acres
    • - La Paloma Fire, Starr County - 1,036 acres
    • - Pia Fire, Archer County - 16 acres
    • - Van Zandt 1522 Fire, Van Zandt County - 17 acres
    • - Sands Fire, Jim Wells County - 3 acres
    • - Owens Fire, Jack County - 166 acres
    • - Morris 1628 Fire, Morris County - 1 acre


    To view the Texas A&M Forest Service statewide active fire response map, navigate to

    For frequent incident updates, visit



    WILDFIRE UPDATE - March 18, 2022 11:00 am

    Texas A&M Forest Service and Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) firefighters responded to 10 wildfires that burned 52,708 acres on March 17, 2022.


    Strong winds and critically dry grasses contributed to extreme fire behavior and rapid rates of spread across the landscape on these fires. Suppression efforts were incredibly challenging due to extreme fire behavior on fires associated with the Eastland Complex in Eastland, Brown and Comanche counties on Thursday. In addition to rapid rates of spread, group torching in oak/juniper timber was observed with spotting of embers and flammable material up to 150 yards away from the active wildfire. Fire crews focused on operations related to life safety and structure protection as well as constructing containment lines where possible.


    Today, Friday, March 18, post-frontal conditions, including strong winds over extremely dry vegetation, will support wildfire activity in South Texas where there is a low to moderate potential for large wildfires that may be resistant to control. Additionally, critically dry to extremely dry grass will continue to support wildfire activity in the Cross Timbers, Rolling Plains and Hill Country regions through Sunday.


    To view the Texas A&M Forest Service statewide active fire response map, navigate to

    For frequent incident updates, visit


    March 16, 2022

    Potential for wildfire outbreak tomorrow

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Significant fire activity is forecast for Thursday, March 17 due to extremely critical fire weather conditions along and west of the I-35 corridor including Gainesville, Fort Worth, Wichita Falls, Abilene, Austin, San Antonio and Del Rio regions.

    High winds with low humidity moving across dry grass fuel may result in wildfires highly resistant to control. Evacuations have been common under these conditions.

    This significant fire protentional brings likelihood to a Southern Plains Wildfire Outbreak. This rare, high impact wildfire phenomenon is similar to Santa Ana winds and can impact parts of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.

    “Texas A&M Forest Service has been monitoring the fire environment and increased wildfire activity this week,” said Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief. “The potential for significant, large wildfires has developed for tomorrow, Thursday, March 17. Wildfires that ignite under these forecast conditions are highly resistant to firefighters’ suppression efforts and pose a threat to public safety. We encourage residents to be cautious tomorrow, be prepared and listen to warnings from local officials.”

    Texans are encouraged to make evacuation preparations in advance of the expected wildfire activity this weekend.

    • Prepare multiple evacuation routes in case one is compromised by heavy smoke.
    • Assemble a go-kit that can be grabbed easily and includes the following items: 
      • Supplies for both people and pets. Assemble a go-kit that can be grabbed easily and includes the following items:
      • Prescription medications or other necessary medical equipment.
      • Papers and important documents such as insurance and identification documents.
      • Personal needs including food, water, clothing, money and a first aid kit.
      • Priceless items such as photos, family heirlooms and any other irreplaceable or valuable items.

    • Listen to local officials and, if necessary, evacuate early to get yourself out of harm’s way.

    Stay wildfire aware. If a wildfire is spotted, immediately contact local authorities. A quick response can help save lives and property.


    March 15, 2022

    Texas A&M Forest Service fire resources are mobilized as wildfire activity is forecast to increase through the weekend

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas—Wildfire activity is forecast to increase along and west of I-35 and into South Texas through the weekend.

    An abundance of extremely dry dormant grasses and intensifying drought may produce large wildfires that are difficult to control when exposed to periods of elevated to critical fire weather.

    Since Saturday, state and local resources have responded to 70 wildfires that burned 15,274 acres across the state.

    Texas A&M Forest Service is monitoring the current situation closely and has prepositioned personnel and equipment across areas of concern.

    “The underlying drought conditions combined with winds associated with cold front passages has supported increased wildfire activity across the state this week,” said Wes Moorehead, Texas A&M Forest Service Fire Chief. “Conditions are not forecast to improve through the weekend, and the agency has strategically placed fire resources across the state for a quick and effective response.”

    Fully staffed task forces and additional suppression equipment are staged in Alice, Amarillo, Beeville, Brownwood, Burkburnett, Childress, Edinburg, Fort Stockton, Fredericksburg, Lubbock, McGregor, Merkel, Mineral Wells, Pleasanton, San Angelo, Smithville and Victoria.

    Additionally, fireline supervisors, command staff and incident commanders with advanced qualifications are strategically placed across the state to respond.

    Aviation resources currently staged in state include two large airtankers, 12 single engine air tankers, four air attack platforms, three type 1 helicopters, two type 3 helicopters and one aerial supervision module are currently staged in state for wildfire response.

    During periods of high fire activity, aviation resources are used to support suppression efforts on the ground, aiding in the protection of structures and other valuable resources. Aircraft responded to eight wildfires over the past week, assisting ground crews with a total of 66,000 gallons of water and retardant to slow forward progression of fires.

    Texas A&M Forest Service has requested the mobilization of six strike teams via Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) for wildfire incident support.

    Stay wildfire aware. If a wildfire is spotted, immediately contact local authorities. A quick response can help save lives and property.

    For current conditions and wildfire outlook, visit the Texas Fire Potential Outlook

    Texas A&M Forest Service does not own any aviation resources but instead uses federal aviation contracts through the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for all firefighting aircraft.


    Texas A&M Forest Service Contacts:
    Information Officer, 979-255-0591,
    Communications Office, 979-458-6606,