Sunday, March 29, 7 pm
A wildfire was burning in the mountains of private land southeast of Fort Davis Sunday evening.
Fire crews from Fort Davis, Marfa, Presidio and Jeff Davis Counties were among those responding to the fire burning on the east side of SH 17.
The fire was estimated to be about 100 to 150 acres and burning in high, mountainous terrain, according to responders stationed on both the north and south sides of the fire.
Presidio County Emergency Management Coordinator Gary Mitschke, speaking from the south side of the mountain range closer to Marfa, said the fire appeared to be traveling “pretty good,” and that his team was focused on keeping the fire from reaching lower elevations.
“We’re trying to formulate a plan right now,” Mitschke said Sunday evening. “It’s in some pretty good fuels.”
Speaking from the north side of the fire, about 10 miles south of Fort Davis, Jeff Davis County Sheriff Rick McIvor said the flames appeared to be spreading slowly from his vantage point.
“It’s still high up, it hasn’t been real fast,” he said.