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Fires Still Burning Across West Texas

WEST TEXAS - Numerous fires continue to burn in West Texas. More than 25,000 acres have been consumed by the flames in Presidio, Jeff Davis, Pecos and Brewster counties.

All of the fires were started by lightning from storms that passed through the region Thursday.

This is the latest from the Texas Forest Service:

Jeff Davis County - Flat Top Mountain Fire - This 350 acre fire is being monitored by air. Containment is 85%.

Jeff Davis County - McElroy Fire - Size is 5,000 acres and containment is 40%. One residence and 6 outbuildings were threatened. None lost. The Los Diablos hand crew, hosted by Big Bend National Park, has been deployed on this fire. Also assigned were bulldozers and an engine. Earlier today (3:00 p.m.) this fire was 2,000 acres, however strong winds have caused an increase in size.

Jeff Davis County - Valentine Fire Complex - This complex (multiple fires) consists of 3 fires. The 200 acre Wildhorse Fire (two fires burned together)  is 80% contained. Local departments are managing. The Chilicote Fire is 3258 acres and is 75% contained. One residence and 4 outbuildings were threatened and saved. Resources assigned are a 20 person hand crew, two SEATs (single engine air tanker), engines and bulldozers.

Pecos County - Independence Fire - This 200 acre fire is 40% contained. Two SEATs were used to assist local departments.

Brewster County - Elephant Mountain West Complex - The Yarbrough Fire is 11,135 acres and is 75% contained. One residence and 4 outbuildings were threatened and saved. The De Norte Fire is 65 acres and is 85% contained. Eight residences and 10 outbuildings were threatened and saved. Resources assigned are one Type 1 helicopter, a Type 2 helicopter, an air attack, and a 20 person hand crew. Very rough terrain involved.

Brewster County - Shirley Fire - This 900 acre fire is being managed by local volunteer departments ( Marathon and Ft. Stockton). The fire is 85% contained and is being monitored by aircraft.

Brewster County - Duncan Fire - This 4,000 acre fire is 10% contained. Size at 3:00 p.m. was reported at 250 acres. At one time crews had to pull off the fire due to strong erratic winds. Resources assigned are 4 SEATs, two type 1 helicopters, bulldozers and engines, and an air attack aircraft.

Brewster County - McKnight Fire - This 500 acre fire is reported as contained by the Ft. Davis and the private landowner. Aircraft is monitoring.

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