Castolon Fire | Texas | 2

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

Crews coordinated with Mexican fire crews last night and were able to keep the fire on both sides to holding it in place.  They ended their join fire operations on Friday night.

On Saturday, firefighters with the TX A&M Forestry Service along with from the park and the Diablos were tasked with working and monitoring the fire for any possible flare ups as winds were beginning to pick and temps rising to over 100* F.

Two structures were reportedly lost.  Fire suppression and containment costs to date have reached $17,000.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – Posted on 5/25/2019 @ 1732 PDT

 

 

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Castolon Fire | Texas | 1

INCIDENT SUMMARY

A wildfire that started in Mexico on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 and jumped the Rio Grande river began burning in the upper tree canopies on the U.S. side on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 around 1800 hours.

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TX A&M fire crews holding the line near the Cottonwood Campground. | Photo Credit – K Hines/TX A&M Forest Service

It is burning now along three miles of the Rio Grande between Santa Elena Canyon and Buenos Aires campsites in the Big Bend National Park.  Lat/Long 29.134, -103.514

The cause is currently under investigation. It was determined to have ignited on the Mexican side

CURRENT CONDITIONS

The fire has destroyed 990 acres of riparian vegetation, old growth mesquite and non-native plants, such as river cane and salt cedar.

Additionally, the historic barracks building which was the location of the La Harmonia Store and Castolon Visitor Center suffered extensive damage and with a restroom facility building.

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Destroyed barracks. | Photo Credit: NPS/T.VandenBerg.

Fire crews were able to save other historic and modern structures, as well as providing structure protection to the Cottonwood Campground.

Fire crews have successfully gained a 50% containment status and will continue with fire suppression on the fire’s edge, engage in mop-up operations and cold trail.

RESOURCES

There are 44 fire personnel assigned to this incident.

CLOSURES

At this time, the Old Maverick Road, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, and River Road West from Buenos Aires to Castolon are closed for visitor safety and for fire crews to work as efficiently as possible. (Big Bend National Park)

WEATHER UPDATE

Fire Managers expect the weather temps to increase into the 100’s, low RH and wind which we all know is prime elements to a firestorm.

(c) 2019 NW Fire Blog – 5/25/2019 @ 0030 hours PDT

Texas Wildfire #LongfellowGreyFire | 1

FORT STOCKTON, Tex. – The Longfellow Grey fire started within the last 24 hours, started on private land and is located 31 miles southeast of Fort Stockton in Texas.

Resources

Resources from Texas A & M Forest Service are currently on the fire line with 33 personnel, 5 engines and 1 helicopter.

Current Fire Status

The fire has burned 800 acres of short grass.  There is a 0% containment status.  Fire behavior is active.

Damages

Current fire suppression and containment costs-to-date is $1,000.

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