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More than a Week Later, the McDannald Ranch Fire is Now 77 percent Contained

More than a week after it first started, a west Texas wildfire is now 77 percent contained and has a footprint just above 19,000 acres. The McDannald Ranch Fire — that’s believed to have been started by a lightning strike — … Continue reading

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McDannald Fire Now 68 Percent Contained

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 … Continue reading

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McDannald Fire Day 7: Containment at 39 Percent

Containment for the McDannald Ranch fire is now up to 39 percent, officials said Sunday morning. The wildfire that’s believed to have been started by lightning strike early last week has affected an estimated 18,966 acres as of Sunday morning.

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McDannald Ranch Fire Still Burning in Davis Mountains

A wildfire that’s believed to have been started by lightning strike early Monday morning on McDannald Ranch, west of Brown Mountain in Jeff Davis County, is still burning. Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 AM UPDATE: There is no formal evacuation order … Continue reading

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A Radio Documentary: “Dark Skies, Dark Energies” by Ian Lewis

Here in West Texas, there are two major searches ongoing. While companies in the Permian Basin seek more deposits of oil and gas underground, astronomers at McDonald Observatory are searching the sky for an answer to the question: what is … Continue reading

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DMR Volunteer Fire Department Adds Revamped Military Truck to Fleet

The DMR volunteer fire department is adding a transformed military tractor-trailer to their small fleet of firefighting vehicles. The department received the former military truck and a $20,000 grant for an attachable water tank that holds 700 gallons of water. … Continue reading

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New Decade-Long Study Confirms West Texas Hummingbird Population Rivaled Only by Arizona

A new study published in July by Fort Davis biologist Kelly Bryan confirms that West Texas has the second-most diverse hummingbird population in the country, with 17 species identified in the region. The study, which Bryan has been collecting data for … Continue reading

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Ecologists Revive a Dwindling Tree Population and Steel the Landscape Against Fire

Take a walk around the interior of the Davis Mountains Preserve and you’re likely to hear a symphony of noises you might not expect to find in the West Texas desert: A babbling creek and a chorus of tree-dwelling birds. In … Continue reading

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The Drought’s Over, But Ranchers Rein in Excitement

The recent rains throughout the state have led some scientists to declare Texas’s state-wide drought over. Ranchers, however, remain wary. For the McIvors, one of the oldest ranching families in the area, the last five years have been no easier … Continue reading

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Update: Limpia Canyon Fire Contained

Update 2:30 pm – The Limpia Canyon Fire outside of Fort Davis is now contained, according to Jim Fowler with the Fort Davis Fire Department. Crews will still be working to clean up the burned areas and any hot spots that … Continue reading

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