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Wildfires Update on Tuesday (May 10) 10 AM

Firefighter in Val Verde County, photo courtesy of Tex Toler.

This morning, KRTS spoke with Don Palmer, a Public Information Officer working for the North Carolina Incident Management Team. The team is working on fires in the area for the Texas Forest Service.

The Gage Holland Fire is about 75% contained, and at last estimate, 4,550 acres have burned. Currently, the active area is within the interior of the fire. Palmer told KRTS that on Sunday (May 8), the day the fire started, crews were able to hit the fire hard with retardant, giving crews a strong foundation for continued fire fighting. Today there is a possibility of flare ups in the interior of the fire and on the perimeter of the lines.

According to Palmer, crews are making excellent progress, and everyone is “being very cautious because of the homes in the area.” Today's plan involves the North Carolina Incident Management Team, along with the Alpine Volunteer Fire Department, continuing suppression operations, mopping up, and making sure perimeter lines are cool.

Yesterday morning (Monday, May 9), another fire started in the area. The Iron Mountain Fire began yesterday morning, to the north west of Marathon. As of last night, the Iron Mountain fire had burned 1,200 acres, but Palmer said it grew considerably over night. KRTS will have more information on acreage burned after crews do a fly over. Currently the Iron Mountain Fire is considered 5% contained.

Additionally, the Schwartz Fire has been burning since Saturday (May 7) 20 miles east of Marathon, and north of HWY 90. So far, that fire has burned about 20,000 acres. Palmer reports that fire fighters made good progress on the head of the fire yesterday (Monday).

Stay tuned to KRTS Marfa for more information.