U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service workers responded to three wildfires at the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge. It's unclear how the fires started.
Did you see a large cloud out in Chambers Co this afternoon? Well that was a pyrocumulus cloud generated from a #wildfire!— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) December 10, 2020
A pyrocumulus cloud forms when the heat generated is intense enough to induce convection in the atmosphere!
Images via @SaltwaterRecon#HOUwx #TXwx #GLSwx pic.twitter.com/REhMrQalMR
Our GOES Satellites are also helpful in finding wildfires! The color pixels in the loop below corresponds to the temperature of the fire... and you can see the #pyrocumulus cloud streaming from the wildfire. pic.twitter.com/BHDyUJtANd— NWS Houston (@NWSHouston) December 10, 2020
Officials said two were small fires that were up against creeks which were expected to burn out on their own. A fire line was created around the third fire to help control it.
As of Thursday afternoon, there were no structures at risk. Officials said staff was hopeful they would be able to get in front of the fires before Thursday evening.