Wildfires Burning Across the Region

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Numerous wildfires are burning across the region due to dry conditions and high winds Sunday and Monday. While winds are expected to be much calmer today, an elevated fire danger will remain today due to relative humidity falling to between 15% and 25% this afternoon.

Here is the latest information:

Leon County
2:48pm

As of 10:30 a.m. Thursday, the latest information is the fire is 100% contained and 75% out. No serious injuries or deaths reported.

If you are a fire victim in Leon County, you need to provide the following information as soon as possible:
-Name, Address and all contact phone numbers
-What was lost, and approx value.

Please call the Leon County Judges Office at (903) 536-2331 with the above information.

If there is a recording please leave a message with the information.

Montgomery County
12:00pm

FM 1774 remains closed in Montgomery County between FM 1486 and the Waller County Line.

Residents only will be allowed access to their homes on Ruel Road (Key Map 211 J) with identification beginning also at 12 noon today but will not be allowed to enter or travel on FM 1774.

All residence returning home should be aware that water and electricity may be out and other dangers could exist such as downed power lines, damage utility poles, tree dangers and poor air quality due to the smoke in the air.

Montgomery County
10:45am

Residents of the Ranch Crest Subdivision will be allowed back into the subdivision beginning at 12 noon today.

Residents returning to their home will need to provide identification.

Montgomery/Waller County
8:45am

Classes have been canceled in the Magnolia School District.

FM 1774 remains closed in Montgomery County between FM 1486 and the Waller County Line.

FM 1488 is open to regular traffic in Montgomery County but is closed at the Waller County Line.

There are no new evacuation orders in Montgomery County. Ranch Crest Subdivision remains evacuated as fire danger remains. General areas of evacuation in Montgomery are the areas along the Montgomery / Waller County lines between FM 1774 and FM 1488.

It is estimated that in the three county area over 12,500 acres have been burned.

The intersecting roads of Ruel Rd. and Ranch Crest remain closed.

73 people were housed at the shelter at Wildwood Church overnight.

Residents should remain cautious as there are still safety concerns in the burned and fire areas. These include threats from burned trees that could fall, downed power lines or damaged utility poles and traffic from emergency vehicles such as fire, EMS, or law enforcement. Emergency responders are still working to contain the fire so caution is recommended.

Residents should be cautious and aware that risks in the burned areas remain.

Leon County
5:00am

Fire still remained at 70% containment.

Leon County
6:15 p.m.

According to Leon County officials, residents who had evacuated from Concord and Robins are allowed to return to their properties with caution. While the fire remains at 70 percent containment as of Wednesday evening, conditions are now good enough for residents and property owners to return. Power and phone service have not been fully restored to the area.

Montgomery County
4:25 p.m.

Residents of the River Park Ranch Subdivision can now return to their homes but must enter and exit via Old Hempstead Road.

The intersecting roads of Ruel Rd. and Ranch Crest remain closed.

An updated damage assessment in Montgomery County by the Fire Marshal’s Office includes a total of 4 homes burned in Montgomery County.

Montgomery County
4:15 p.m.

The shelter at Magnolia High School is moving to Wildwood Methodist Church at 8911 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX.

Fires have erupted again just across the county line in Waller County in the FM 1488 corridor. Existing road closures and subdivisions in Montgomery County remain closed.

Waller County
4:05 p.m.

Mandatory Evacuation has been extended to everything east of 362 and south of F.M. 1488 to the Harris County Line.

Waller County
3:30 p.m.

The Mandatory Evacuation Area has widened to the following areas:

South of F.M. 1488 – Kickapoo Road south to Joseph Road and Joseph Road back to F.M. 1488. Areas include Kickapoo Road, Rice Road and Oak Hollow. All residents need to evacuate and move south of Joseph Road immediately.

Grimes County
3:00 p.m.

The flareup near Foxfire and the flareup south of Riley Road are both still being worked. The Command Post reports that the Riley Road flareup remains south of Riley and the fire line at Foxfire has not been breached. The fire near Foxfire is large and is causing heavy smoke in the area.

Leon County:
2:45 p.m.

Leon County Emergency Management is asking for a few volunteers to assist at the command center for this afternoon and Thursday morning. For more information, please call Tommy Davis at 903-388-9380

Waller County
2:20 p.m.

All closures reported yesterday evening remain in effect. There are no new closures to report. The evacuation south of FM 1488 remains lifted. FM 1488 from Bower Road to Joseph Road is closed to all traffic.

Leon County
2:00 p.m.

31 homes destroyed
56 barns destroyed
over 4800 acres burned

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted. It is NOT advised that you stay indefinitely, but you will be allowed to check on property.

Grimes County
1:30 p.m.

Firefighters are continuing to deal with a large flareup south of Riley Road. This fire is moving in a north/northwest direction. We will post an update if the fire reaches Riley Road. The flareup near the FoxFire Subdivision continues to be worked as well.

The Foxfire Subdivision is being evacuated again at this time due to the flareup previously reported here.

Leon County
12:00 p.m.

According to County Commissioner Dean Player, the fire is 70-percent contained. Firefighters are focusing their efforts around County Roads 428 and 427.

Officials are asking residents who have already evacuated to stay away, as the conditions are still dangerous. A significant number of residents remain without power.

The wildfire has scorched 5,000 acres so far and while the fire is not spreading, rekindling areas and hot spots are keeping firefighters busy.

Mandatory evacuations remain for residents who live in Concord and Robins. No time table has been set for when residents will be allowed to return home

Evacuees from Leon County are told to go to the shelter set up at the First Baptist Church in Centerville. Emergency responders say they have shelters set up across the county in case that shelter fills up.

Grimes County
12:00 p.m.

A wildfire covering over 7-thousand acres in Waller, Montgomery and Grimes Counties continues to burn.

Officials say the fire is nearly 85-percent contained.

60 homes have been destroyed in Waller County, 2 in Montgomery, and at least one home in Grimes.

In all, more than four thousand homes have been evacuated as a result of this wildfire.

An evacuation sight at Magnolia High School served as a temporary home for about 200 people last night.

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

Montgomery County
11:15 a.m.

Road and Subdivision Openings:

Effective at noon today FM 1488 in Montgomery County will be opened for normal vehicle traffic.

All subdivisions with the exception of Ranch Crest that have vehicle access from FM 1488 in Montgomery County will be opened.

Residents returning to their home will need to provide identification.

FM 1774 from FM 1486 west to the Waller County Line will remain closed.

Due to the widespread and severe damage and loss of property, Montgomery County Judge, Alan B. Sadler, has signed and submitted to the State a disaster declaration and has requested state assistance. The declaration was effective immediately.

Houston County
11:15 a.m.

US Highway 287, County Road 4505 and other roads that were closed due to the fire are now being reopened to the public. A door-to-door survey of the fire zone has determined that of the 19 structures which were lost in the blaze, 3 were occupied homes and 2 were unoccupied homes, with the remainder being barns and other outbuildings. At least 46 structures in the fire zone were saved due to the outstanding efforts of all involved.

Aerial survey of 287 fire this morning showed it covered 4,950 acres. May have grown a little more today but it is still contained. Officers are going door to door to check each home in the fire zone.

Smoke is extremely bad on US Highway 287 South of Crockett. Be prepared for one lane traffic only with a pilot car. Expect delays. Please avoid this area if possible.

Items needed by firefighters at this time: Leather Gloves -- Saline Eye Drops -- Lip Balm -- Powerade, Gatorade or Other Sports Drinks. You may drop these off at the Crockett Fire Station at 200 N. Sixth Street in Crockett.

Waller/Grimes County
10:45 a.m.

There has been a flareup south of Riley Road inside Waller County. At this point, Riley Road has been evacuated. The fire is south of Riley Road. An update will be posted if there is a need for evacuation that effects Grimes County citizens.

Montgomery County
10:30 a.m.

Emergency personnel now believe the fires in Montgomery County are 80 to 85% contained with all fire lines holding.

For the current evacuation map provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, click here.

Leon County
10:15 a.m.

Leon County’s fire, which started Sunday afternoon at approximately 1 p.m., destroyed 30-plus homes, camp houses, and structures, burning more than 5,000 acres.

Containment of the fire is at 70%.

Madisonville and other neighboring fire departments have worked diligently trying to put out the fire, but it keeps rekindling areas it brushed over before. The wind has died down, which has helped the firefighters, stated Bell.

Walker County
10:00 a.m.

The Crabbs Prairie overrun fire is 100% contained. All evacuations are lifted, everyone can return home; operations will remain vigilent.

Grimes County
10:00 a.m. Wednesday

The evacuation order for CR 351 and Foxfire Subdivision has just been lifted.

Donations

The El Cerrito Animal Clinic in Bryan is accepting donations for animals displaced by the wildfires in the Brazos Valley. They are asking for the following:

Food for cats and dogs
Cat Litter
Bedding
Blankets
Horse Food
Livestock Feed
Hay

They are also accepting monetary donations.

If you'd like to help, you can drop off your donations at
1730 Barak Ln
Bryan, TX 77802

Montgomery County
8:00 a.m.

In an early morning assessment with the Fire Department and the Forest Service, emergency personnel believe the fires in Montgomery County are 80 to 85% contained with all fire lines holding.

A complete assessment of the area is underway to help determine if evacuated areas and roads can be opened.

Grimes County
2:35 p.m.

The fire in the Todd Mission area remains active and moving. Firefighters are working to cut lines in the Foxfire subdivision to contain it and stop the fire from moving further North. All areas under evacuation earlier this afternoon remain under evacuation. There has been no containment of this fire at this time. The Navasota Livestock Auction Barn is accepting large animals for evacuees.

Montgomery County:
8:00 a.m.

The area south of FM 1774 and FM 1488 remains closed; in most cases as a safety precaution while firefighters continue fighting hot spots and pockets of fires that are cropping up. Residents are NOT being allowed back into most of these areas.

Everyone should avoid these areas to allow emergency personnel access to those areas that require fire service.

Grimes County
12:36 p.m.

A mandatory evacuation is underway in parts of Grimes and Waller Counties.

Everything from 1774 and Reeds Prairie to 362 and south to 2920 through Field Store in Grimes and Waller Counties are now under a mandatory evacuation.

Firefighters are working a new Major fire west of 1774 north of Remington Forest, which is the same are that lost houses in another fire last night.

Montgomery County
Tuesday, 11:33 a.m.

There were approximately 4000 homes that were evacuated during the major time periods of the fire in Montgomery County.

Many areas south of FM 1774 and FM 1488 in Montgomery County residences are being allowed back to their homes. This area includes Alford Estates, Woodland Land Lakes, Week End Retreats, Magnolia West, Ranch Crest, Wisteria Farms, River Park Ranch, Deer Haven, River Park Ranch and others.

Firefighters are still fighting hot spots and pockets of fires that are cropping up. The fire appears to continue threaten areas in Waller and Grimes Counties.

All donations should be coordinated through the United Way at 281-292-4155 x 265.

Leon County
11:32 a.m.

There are several hot spots in the Concord/Robins area that are reigniting and a big fire just rekindled about 10:45 am. that firefighters are being called out to.

Investigators are saying a total of 35 structures have been destroyed in the Concord/Robins area that include homes and barns.

Residents in Normangee and Hilltop are not being evacuated and they don't anticipate anymore evacuations today.

Grimes County
Tuesday, 11:25 a.m.

The Foxfire Subdivision all the way to CR 351 is under mandatory evacuation. There are about 10 homes in the Foxfire subdivision.

Evacuation site is the Magnolia High School, at 14350 FM 1488 in Magnolia.

Montgomery County
Tuesday, September 6 at 9:33 a.m.

Residents who live in Estates of Clear Creek, Clear Creek Forest and Crown Ranch in Montgomery County are being allowed to return to their homes.

With the sunrise emergency services are preparing to complete a more comprehensive assessment of damage and continued fire dangers. Firefighters are still fighting hot spots and pockets of fires that are cropping up.

Firefighters have held the fire in the areas of FM 1488 and Joseph Road in Waller County and along the Montgomery / Waller County lines between FM 1774 and FM 1488.

Leon County
Monday Afternoon Update

The Concord/Robbins fire continues to burn. Over 1000 acres are still engulfed in flames with 0% containment. Evacuations are still in effect for Flynn and Robbins. So far over 300 people have had to leave their homes.

So far 15 homes have been destroyed in addition to ten smaller structures and one church.

The fire line currently extends from Highway 7 on the North, FM 1147 on the West, FM 39 on the East and South as far as FM 977.

The fire started Sunday afternoon on CR 392 due to downed power line.

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Over 4,000 acres have burned in the Robbins/Concord area. About 60 homes have been evacuated and firefighters continue to battle fires over 1,500 acres.

The fires are just north of the Leon community of Flynn (north of Normangee). Because of strong winds from the north, firefighters are concentrating their efforts to insure the flames don't spread into Flynn.

Evacuations remain in place for residents east of FM 1147 through country roads 427 and 428, all of CR 495, as well as CR 491, 496 485 and all the way over to FM 39.

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Bastrop

Monday Afternoon Update
The largest fire by far is the Bastrop fire. It began Sunday afternoon continues to spread. At this point there is still no containment and at least 25,000 acres have burned. Satellite images indicate that the fire has jumped Highway 95. The fire started in the Lost Pines area just northeast of Bastrop and has moved unchecked for at least 16 miles to the South and has jumped the Colorado River twice.

Heavy airtankers and single-engine airtankers have been brought in to assist. Crews are fighting this fire from the air because it is currently too dangerous to battle on the ground.

The Circle D, K.C. Estates, Pine Forest, Colovista and Tahitian Village subdivision have been evacuated. Firefighters are trying to hold the fire at FM 2571. Reports indicate possibly 400 homes have been destroyed. So far 5,000 people have been evacuated.

If you are traveling back home after the holiday weekend, keep in mind that Highway 21 has been shut down near Highway 71.

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Grimes/Montgomery/Waller Counties
Updated Tuesday, September 6 at 9:39 a.m.

A grassfire is burning near the Grimes/Waller/Montgomery border near the Texas Renaissance Festival. The fire is located southeast of Todd Mission near FM 1774. At this time there is no information regarding the size of this fire.

Evacuations have been ordered for residents in the Lake Holly Hills Subdivision located North of the Grimes/Waller county line. Subdivisions currently under evacuation are River Park Ranch, Wisteria Farms, Ranch Crest, Magnolia West, Deer Haven, Woodland Lakes, Week End Retreats, Shady Brook Acres, Ranch Crest, River Park Ranch and Clear Creek Forest lots 10-12.

Residents of the Crown Ranch subdivision are being allowed to return to their homes.

At this time the following roads are closed: FM 1488 at FM 1774 west of the Waller County line, FM 1774 west of FM 1486 in to Grimes County.

In Montgomery County, the order was in effect for all residents living in between 1774 and 1486, from where the roads intersect in Magnolia to the Grimes County Line.

Authorities said an evacuation center has been set up Magnolia High School, located on 14350 FM 1488 Road, for those who have been evacuated.

All Magnolia ISD schools will be closed for Tuesday, September 6, 2011 due to wild fires in the Magnolia Area. Magnolia Community Center and Magnolia High School have been setup as shelters.

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Houston County
Updated Tuesday, September 6 at 9:49 a.m.

The 287 fire southeast of Crockett is now mostly contained. Fire crews are still dealing with a lot of hot spots. US 287 South from Crockett remains closed to through traffic. CR 4505 remains closed at this time.
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Fires Under Control

Brazos County

An early morning grass fire that destroyed nearly 10 acres in Brazos County is under control this morning.

According to officials, nearly 10 acres were destroyed in a fire that started around 3 A-M near Macey Road and Old Bundick Road when a barn caught on fire.

The fire spread quickly and there were reports of a downed power line but B-T-U was able to killed power to that line.

Evacuations were not ordered, but residents were asked to remain on the alert.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Walker County

**UPDATE**

Firefighters are now dealing with a fire in an area near Hopewell Road and Dickie Road. This is located north of Huntsville just east of Highway 30. Last week, crews were fighting a wildfire in that same area that scorched nearly 1,000 acres and destroyed two homes.

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The fire that began in Northwestern Walker county Sunday afternoon is now fully contained.

Officials say the Pinedale Fire burned 150-acres and forced the closure of F-M 1696 along with the north and southbound lanes if I-45.

All of the roadways are now open.

The fire cause the residents of about 100 homes to be evacuated.

It took 18 fire departments from the surrounding are to fight the fire and fortunately, there were no reported injuries or structures lost.

Montgomery County

A small fire started Monday afternoon near Willis that burned 4 acres. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the fire.


Bastrop County Fire
Bastrop County Fire
Grimes County fire south of Plantersville
Grimes county fire south of Plantersville