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Brewster County Wildfires - Monday (May 16) 11 AM

Schwartz Fire, evening of May 5, 2011, photo courtesy Leila Cash of Sanderson

The Iron Mountain Fire and the Schwartz Fire are both listed as 90% contained.

This morning, KRTS spoke with Donna Storch, Public Information Officer for the Southern Area Type II Incident Management Team. According to Storch, fire fighters were able to make significant progress over the weekend due to better weather conditions, such as higher relative humidity and more moderate winds.

As of last night, the Schwartz Fire has burned 83,995 acres. While that's a lot of land, Storch pointed out that there was no growth of the fire on Sunday. Fire fighters now in the stage of mopping up within the fire area and working on further reinforcing, and generally improving, containment lines. The Schwartz Fire began Saturday, May 7, and is 20 miles east of Marathon, north of Hwy 90.

The Iron Mountain fire has burned 87,401 acres since it began the morning of Monday, May 9. The fire is located about 10 miles northwest of Marathon, in the Iron and Glass mountains. Resources will continue with some suppression action, as well as mopping up where needed.

The Southern Area Type II Incident Management Team took over management of the Trans Pecos Fire complex on Saturday, and is working for the Texas Forest Service. A "Type II" team deals with fires of higher level of complexity, and teams are set up to respond to those incidents. Fire Fighters and team members in the group are from all over the country, but primarily the Southeastern United States.

Additionally, there is a town hall meeting on the Rock House Fire Tuesday, May 17 at 6:30 PM. This meeting is hosted by the Texas Forest Service and Department of Public Safety, and is at the Jeff Davis County Courthouse. The public is encouraged to attend.