Monthly Archives: April 2011

Fire Update: Saturday (April 30)

The Rock House Fire is now 74% contained. At last count, 310,995 acres have burned. Yesterday, strong southwest winds and only 3 percent humidity caused the fire to spread to the north and northwest. The fire burned 300 acres beyond … Continue reading

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Fire Update: Friday (April 29) 1 PM

KRTS Marfa Public Radio has received the most recent report on the Rock House Fire from the Southern Area Incident Management Team. The most recent acreage burned estimate is up to 299,363 acres. The fire is still listed at 66% … Continue reading

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Fire Update: Friday (April 29) 10 AM

KRTS staffer Anne Adkins went to the Southern Area Incident Management Team’s evening meeting on the Rock House Fire at the McDonald Observatory Thursday evening, and brings us the following report: The new incident commander for the Southern Area Incident … Continue reading

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Update: Thursday (April 28) 5 PM

On Thursday, fire crews fought the Rock House Fire by strengthening control lines around the fire, structure protection lines, and by employing airborne resources. A focus of the efforts remain in and around Madera Canyon. Winds were lighter Thursday. Texas Highway … Continue reading

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Fires Update: Wednesday (April 27) 8:30 PM

KRTS has just learned that HWY 118 is closed just north of Arabella Mountain all the way to the Y where it forks off on 166 to Valentine. This is due to smoke coming from controlled burns near the Rock … Continue reading

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Fires Update: Wednesday (April 27) 4 PM

The Southern Area Incident Management Team got the weather they were hoping for today, and were able to start back burns this afternoon. The burns run from just west of the McDonald Observatory, near 118, all the way to 1 … Continue reading

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Fires Update: Wednesday (April 27) 11 AM

KRTS spoke about the Rock House Fire with Catherine Hibbard, Public Information – Southern Area Incident Management Team – part of the Blue Team. The Rock House Fire has been updated to a total of 275,378 acres.  It is now … Continue reading

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Fires Update: Wednesday (April 27) 8 AM

South of Marfa: The fire on the Shurley Ranch, about twenty miles south of Marfa, is located about 16 miles south of the Border Patrol checkpoint along Highway 67 – about 2-3 miles east of the road. The Marfa Volunteer Fire … Continue reading

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KRTS Update: Tuesday (April 26) 8:50 PM

KRTS has confirmed reports of a large fire on the Shurley Ranch, about 26 miles south of Marfa. We spoke to Marfa Volunteer Fire Department Chief Gary Mitschke, who only had a moment to confirm the report before heading back … Continue reading

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KRTS Update: Tuesday (April 26) 5:45 PM

KRTS is investigating new reports of a fire behind Fort Davis Motor Inn and the restaurant Poco Mexico. That fire is currently moving north. Fort Davis VFD and Alpine VFD are on the scene. Separately, Reeves County officials are evacuating … Continue reading

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