Texas Forest Service: Riley Road Fire 100-percent contained


by khou.com staff & / KHOU 11 News team


Posted on September 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 15 at 10:52 AM

HOUSTON – After ten days, the devastating Riley Road Fire was 100 percent contained Wednesday, Texas Forest Service officials said.

The fire, which started on Sept. 5, has scorched nearly 19,000 acres in Waller, Montgomery and Grimes counties. It destroyed at least 76 structures and damaged 23 more.

The Texas Forest Service said over 10,500 acres burned in Waller, nearly 6,500 acres in Montgomery and nearly 2,000 acres in Grimes County.

“Fire activity on the Riley Road fire was light again today, Wednesday, as it has been for the past 4 days,” The TFS said on its website. “Fire crews have successfully moped up the entire 45-mile
perimeter and there are very few hot spots remaining.”

What’s more, firefighters finally got a little help from Mother Nature.

"A moist sea breeze came on shore again last night increasing the overnight relative humidity to 96 percent. This increase in moisture also helps to cool hot spots inside the fire," the TFS said.

All evacuated residents in Waller County were allowed to return Wednesday.

In Montgomery County, officials opened all evacuated areas to residents on Monday.

In Grimes County, evacuation orders were still in place Wednesday for Lake Holly Hills, Mill Creek, Plantations Lakes, Saddle Creek, Country Line Estates and the area behind the Texas Renaissance Festival grounds, including Renfaire Drive, Tammy Circle, Devin Court and CR 303.
Evacuation centers were set up in all three affected counties.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.