Published 3/20/2022 1200 PT

A wildfire is burning in the area of Runnels County at the Coleman County line which ignited from an unknown source on March 14, 2022, around 1500 CDT.

At the early stages of the fire, TX A&M FS crews were requested as mutual aid on March 14th which had been estimated to be already at 2,500 acres burned with a 0% containment status. At the time of their response, the fire had a high rate of spread and was designated as a wind-driven fire burning juniper and brush.

Credit: TX A&M FS

The Lead Fire Agency is Texas A&M Forest Service with Incident Commander Jeff Webb, at the helm. They are in Unified Command with local fire agencies.

There are 41 fire resources assigned to this incident.

Currently, the fire has burned about 8,100 acres of grass, oak, and juniper. Crews have reached a 90% containment status, while they are working to maintain containment lines around the perimeter using heavy equipment and aviation resources, as needed.

Credit: TX A&M FS

On March 17, 2022, the fire had escaped the containment lines on the east side and immediately became a wind-driven fire in the afternoon. Ground and aviation resources were able to quickly stop the forward rate of spread.

Fire weather at the moment has Fire Officials concerned with a low RH and increasing winds.

The hashtags for this incident are #CrewsGapFire #TXFireSeason2022 #TXWildfires

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