USFWS First to Respond to Fire on Texas Ranches


On April 30, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) fire crews from Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Georgia were first to respond to a 1,900- acre fire on two private ranches in Brooks County, Texas. The crews, in route to assist a local fire department on another fire, spotted the new fire and quickly changed plans.

Upon arriving, they found the fire was being driven by 30 mile-per-hour winds, with extreme and erratic flames. More than 65 people and 20 homes were evacuated in the direct path of the fire.  FWS fire crews were joined by 15 other fire departments and the Texas Forest Service.

The FWS crews stayed to assist until the fire was contained early the next morning.  The fire burned for five days and was controlled May 5. Two unoccupied structures and one barn were lost. There were no injuries.

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