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TFS working 2 large fires in West Texas

 

COLLEGE STATION — Fire crews from the Texas Forest Service were battling two large wildfires in the state as 191 of the 254 counties in the state remain under burn bans. In Tejano Canyon in Jeff Davis County, a 2,500 acre fire began Thursday and was 10 percent contained as of Friday morning. It threatens about 200 homes. Multiple air resources have been activated and additional hand crews have been ordered to supplement ground crews. The Rocco fire in Brewster County was 70 percent contained Friday after burning 700 acres. TFS officials said that fire was continuing to creep and smolder in tall grass 67 miles southwest of Fort Stockton. Forecasts continue to call for 100-degree weather across the Lone Star state with little chance of rain. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has reopened portions of Possum Kingdom State Park for the Memorial Day weekend, but park cabins and 10 primitive campsites remained off limits. Park Superintendent Rocky Holland says replacement of the two of three burned sewer field liners is still not complete, so the park’s wastewater system remains shut down, but should be operable soon. That means bathrooms and shower facilities, as well as the trailer dump station, will not be available. Portable toilets have been brought into the park in the interim. Visitors are reminded to bring their own drinking water due to the high salt content of the water supply. Possum Kingdom State Park sustained wildfire damage to approximately 90 percent of the park, but dozens of firefighters kept the flames from scorching the campgrounds and saved the other structures inside the park. Only the linen building and Cabin 2 suffered sustained slight damage from the wildfires that ravaged more than 100,000 acres and burned more than 100 homes in the Possum Kingdom Lake area before being contained. The three camping areas, as well as the lakeside camping, swimming beach and picnic area, sustained no fire damage. The park store and marina are open for business.x

 

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