Friday marks 7 years since the largest wildfire in Texas

Friday marks 7 years since the largest wildfire in Texas
(Source: Victor Lopez)

JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, TX (KWES) - It was seven years ago that the largest wildfire in Texas history touched Jeff Davis.

The rock house fire sparked up on April 9, 2011 and burned more than 314,000 acres before it was 100 percent contained 25 days later.

The fire spread across Presidio and Jeff Davis counties, destroying 24 homes and two businesses and killing herds of cattle and four horses.

The Davis Mountains State Park was closed and used as a staging area for firefighters and the fire also closed State Highway 118 several times.

About 400 fire personnel showed up from across the country to help local departments battle the blaze as five percent of Jeff Davis County went up in smoke.

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