Staff ReportNewsWest 9
PECOS COUNTY - The Texas Forest Service and Pecos County Volunteer Firefighters are fighting the winds and dry conditions to get two grassfires under control. The first fire called the Huckabee fire off Gray Ranch Road has burned 11,000 acres so far, and Michael Stafford is reporting that there is 0% containment.Two gas producing facilities were in the direct path of this big blaze, but the Forest Service was able to save them both. But there are other structures in danger including Mesa Vineyard and the Sherbino Wind Farm, which have begun voluntary evacuations. We're told the fire could become a problem along the I-10 corridor and communities in that area. The Texas Forest Service is throwing almost everything they have at this one including air attack and helitanker along with ground forces. The other fire, the Mestena fire, no where near as big a problem just 200 acres southeast of Fort Stockton along Highway 285. The Forest Service says they have the head of the fire stopped, and are now working the flanks of the fire. So far, no injuries have been reported.