McDannell Ranch Fire, as seen from McDonald Observatory Monday evening. (Photo: Katie Smither)
More than a week after it first started, a west Texas wildfire is now 68 percent contained and has a footprint just above 19,000 acres, according to fire officials.
The McDannald Ranch Fire — that’s believed to have been started by a lightning strike last week — has burned throughout the Davis Mountains area since April 30th.
Since then, hundreds of personnel from across the country have arrived in West Texas to help with operations and to fight the fire. By Monday, there were more than 380 personnel on the ground, including fire crews from about 14 states across the country and a federal response team.
Part of the response effort included a slew of fire engines and helicopters. At one point there were 4 large helicopters responding to the fire including several air tankers and nearly 50 fire engines.
The fire no longer has a major flame front or head, but until it is completely contained, officials say new flare ups and fronts are possible.
For more information about the McDannald Ranch Fire, you can call the Fire Information Line at 432-558-8311.