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For Immediate Release

September 6, 2011

Magnolia Fire Update (Tues.-0900)

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management’s (HCOHSEM) Emergency Operation Center (EOC) is operating at Level 2 - High Readiness* in response to the Magnolia fire.  

Currently, the Magnolia fire is not a threat to Harris County. However, HCOHSEM, Harris County Fire Marshal's Office (HCFMO) and the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) are monitoring this incident and are ready to assist local response agencies should the fire move into Harris County.

Overnight, emergency officials monitored the Magnolia Fire (Crown Ranch Fire) which forced the evacuation of Waller County residents east of Field Store Rd., north to the Grimes County line, east to the Montgomery County line and south to Harris County.

So far, Harris County has provided 50 fire units to assist.  Most of these units have returned to Harris County and are ready to respond.

Harris County has also provided 20 radios from the Regional Radio System to aid with communications.

FM 1488 at FM 1774 west of the Waller/Montgomery County line as well FM 1774 west of FM 1486 between Rd. 302 and Grimes County are closed.

The Magnolia Independent School District canceled classes Tuesday because of the fires.

Temperatures today, will range from the 60’s and rise into the mid 90’s.

National Weather Service reports elevated fire weather conditions will occur as the relative humidity values fall below 25 percent later this morning and then fall to minimums between 15 and 25 percent this afternoon.  The humidity levels will be slow to recover after sunset this evening.

*Level 2 - High Readiness means hazardous or dangerous conditions exist or are imminent and pose a significant threat to life/property. High readiness requires multiple operational periods and numerous agencies to support a response from the Emergency Operations Center.

Harris County Regional Joint Information Center

Harris County Fire Marshal's Office

National Weather Service

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