Livermore Ranch Complex Fire Update
Incident: Spring Mountain Wildfire
Livermore Ranch Complex Update
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 1 p.m.
Fire Update: The Livermore Fire Complex is composed of two fires: Livermore Ranch and Spring Mountain.
The Livermore Ranch Fire continues to burn in steep, rugged terrain. Crews worked the fire until late last night and resumed building containment line early this morning. The fire is less than a mile away from the closest structure in the Davis Mountain Resort. Winds associated with afternoon thunderstorm activity are making the firelines difficult to hold. Protecting structures and ensuring safety is a priority for those assigned to the fire.
"We're going to do everything we humanly, safely can do to protect those homes and residents," Southern Area Red Team Incident Commander Tony Wilder said.
The Spring Mountain Fire remains lightly staffed and did not move outside its boundary yesterday. There are a few hot spots in the interior that crews are working.
Resources assigned to the Livermore Ranch Complex include four hotshot hand crews, two Type 2 helicopters, four single-engine air tankers, four heavy air tankers, 11 Type 6 engines, three Type 2 dozers and a Type 1 incident management team. Additional resources have been ordered and are scheduled to arrive today. Approximately 259 personnel currently are assigned to the Livermore Ranch Complex Fire.
Unified command was established among Texas Forest Service, Jeff Davis County and the Southern Area Red Team.
Weather Update: With poor relative humidity recovery last night and extended drought conditions, fuels are extremely dry, which could contribute to active fire behavior and rates of spread. Showers and thunderstorms should generally stay east of Jeff Davis County but one or two could occur over the mountains. The fire site will stay west of the dryline so anything that develops will have dry lightning and gusty, erratic wind. Increasing clouds are expected Wednesday night.
Evacuation Update: Jeff Davis County Judge George Grubb is strongly suggesting that residents of the Davis Mountain Resort (DMR) evacuate their homes. The shelter has moved from Dirks-Anderson Elementary School to First Baptist Church. About 150 residences in the DMR are populated; evacuations remain in progress.
Closures: No road closures at this time. Officials encourage non-emergency personnel to minimize driving on Highway 166, the scenic loop.
Livermore Ranch Fire Spring Mountain Fire
Jeff Davis County Jeff Davis County
Acres burned: 13,387 Acres burned: 10,576
Start date: 4/24/12 Start date: 4/24/12
Percent contained: 30 Percent contained: 60
Cause: Dry lightning Cause: Dry lightning
Threatened: Davis Mountains Resort community (150 residences)