Wildfire Incident Report

Prepared: Friday, June 24, 2022 9:53:30 PM PDT

Wildfire Incident Report


Fire, Weather & Avalanche Center
La Grande, OR, USA
www.fireweatheravalanche.org
Incident #
2022-TXTXS-002264
FWAC Incident ID
241027
Incident Name
Borrega Fire
Last Updated
Saturday, April 9, 2022 5:00 PM PDT
(2 months ago)
Fire Reported
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 2:33 PM PDT
(3 months ago)
State
Texas
Incident Type
Wildfire
Location
35.8 miles SW of Corpus Christi, TX
Responsible Agency
State Forest Service
Responsible Fire Unit
Texas A & M Forest Service
Fuels
Brush (2 feet), Tall Grass (2.5 feet)
Notes
Control: 4/8/2022 00:57 | Contain: 4/4/2022 22:06 | Out: 4/8/2022 00:58
Current Weather
Fire Growth Potential
Fire Weather Forecast
Incident Overview

The Borrega fire started on March 30th and Texas A&M Forest Service received a request for assistance from Kleberg County at approximately 4:30 pm. The request for assistance came from Kleberg County for Texas A&M Forest Service resource support with the fire located 10 miles south of Kingsville and east of Premont. Unified command was established to assist with containment and suppression efforts.

Voluntary evacuations were put in place in Kleberg County for the Ricardo and Riviera communities, as well as the King Ranch Gas Plant. The evacuations have been lifted as of April 3rd. 
Large Air Tankers assisted firefighters that conducted ground operations  to increase containment along the perimeter. Firing operations were successfully conducted on the east side of the fire to  slow the spread and increase containment. Multiple types of aircraft assisted including an air attack platform, SEATs and the National guard Blackhawk helicopters to do bucket work. 
 
The fire was predominately located on King Ranch property and the management at the ranch will continue to patrol and monitor everything inside the ranch boundary.  The fire experienced excellent moisture recoveries over night with no concerns on April 2nd and the fire officially reached 98% containment. The containment did not reached 100% before Texas A&M Forest Service turned the fire over to locals to manage, but fire managers, in conjunction with King ranch, felt that it was safe to turn over to locals. 

A Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) has been put in place over the fire area to ensure a safe environment for aircraft working on the incident. NOTAM number: FDC 2/1842. Go to https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html for more information on the TFR. .
 
Federal and state resources have been released and pending any significant change in fire activity this will be the last update for this fire.   

Incident Type
Wildfire
Cause
Unknown
Date of Origin
Wednesday March 30th, 2022 approx. 04:45 PM
Location
10 miles West of Kingsville, TX
Incident Commander
James Russell - Texas A&M Forest Service
Coordinates
27.496, -98.021
Size (Acres)
51,566
Containment
98%
Fuels Involved
Grasses and Brush
Significant Events
Fire moderate to high activity all night long with fire walls and crown runs spotting over the line. Town to the
west ,Fremont is a concern. Fire has not laid down at all even with the morning weather. Not having good lines on the west flank. Concerned about the wind shift in an hour. Moving TFMS to the east flank.
Dozer bumping to the slop-over on the west.
Planned Actions
If weather allows, Air Tanker drops will be utilized and bull dozer lines will continue to reinforce lines
that had slopped-over.
Projected Incident Activity
Dry fuels and wind will continue to drive fire activity.
Weather Concerns
Northwest winds between 15 to 18 mph with gusts to 23 mph subsided to under 10 mph and shifted from the north last night. Around midnight, winds became weak and variable until the morning. Mixing heights around 7,500 ft quickly diminished to around 1,200 ft by 10 pm last night. Transport winds gradually weakened and shifted to the north, then northeast throughout the night, subsiding to under 10 mph around midnight.
Incident Contact
Public Information
Email: information@tfs.tamu.edu
Phone: 979-255-0591
Hours: 8 am - 8 pm
Fire Unit Information
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas
College Station, TX 77845
Dispatch Contact
Texas Interagency Coordination Center | Lufkin, TX
Phone: 936-875-4786
Website: https://ticc.tamu.edu/
Incident Map

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