Several Fires Burning in Texas and Coahuila, Mexico
NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the fires raging in northern Mexico and western Texas on April 11, 2011 at 19:50 UTC (3:50 p.m. EDT) and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies aboard captured this true color image of the fires and burn scars in northern Mexico and Texas. More than 300 acres have burned in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila. The fires are seen in the smaller image as red dots and in the larger images as red outlines.
Throughout the state of Texas 10 large fires are raging according to the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC). The NIFC website provided fire updates today, April 12, 2011. The Rock House fire at Fort Davis, Texas burned 80,000 acres and is 10 percent contained. The Swenson fire, three miles north of Swenson, covers 71,000 acres and is 25 percent contained. The Crawford Ranch fire, located one mile east of Masterson, covered 60,000 acres and is 80 percent contained. The Killough fire, six miles north of Post, Texas, is 50 percent contained and covered 40,000 acres. The Hickman fire in Midland burned 15,500 acres and is zero percent contained. This fire began on private land and currently threatens residences.
The last five fires are all at least 75 percent contained. The Sanderson fire, located 51 miles southeast of Ft. Stockton is 95 percent contained and covered 3,595 acres. The Camp Bowie fire near Brownwood is also 95 percent contained and covered 3,355 acres. The Cotton Ranch fire, also 95 percent contained is 17 miles south of Sterling and covers 2,390 acres. At 75 percent containment is the Hohertz fire covering 2,100 acres. That one is located 19 miles southeast of Breckenridge. Finally the Dunagan fire, located on private land seven miles east of Lufkin, Texas covers 129 acres and is now 90 percent contained. The Dunagan fire is threatening homes, and evacuations have taken place.
NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Rob Gutro