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FWS Partners With Local Fire Department to Extinguish Two Texas FIRES

July 8, 2008

The lightning-caused Cow Trap 2008 and Smith Marsh 2008 fires on the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge near Angleton, Texas burned a combined area of 4,447 acres from June 21 until June 26, 2008, including about 25 acres of adjacent private land. With the help of its partners, the refuge was able to safely suppress the fire very cost-effectively at less than $5.00 per acre.
David Chisolm, Incident Commander, praised the commitment of the volunteer fire department from Sargent, Texas.  “Those guys were wonderful. They stayed all night and wanted to be with us as long as we were out there,” said Chisolm, who is Fire Management Officer for the Texas Midcoast Refuges Complex including San Bernard.
The 34,679-acre San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge is a stop on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and is a well-known spot for wildlife watching. It provides habitat for wintering migratory waterfowl and other bird life. For more information about the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, visit www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/texasmidcoast.

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