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Wildfires update - 2 PM

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Photo of wildfire in DMR, 3:30 PM, June 2, 2011, KRTS photo by Pete Szilagyi.

KRTS began reporting during the 11 AM hour on a new fire up in Tejano Canyon (near Tejano Trail) in the northeastern section of the DMR, the Davis Mountains Resort, which is located along Highway 166, west of Fort Davis.

The fire is very active, but it's moving out of the DMR to the north and to the east. The wildfire began roughly 12 miles north of Fort Davis under clear skies. KRTS spoke with county officials are there is no evacuation order for the DMR.

KRTS spoke with eyewitnesses and with Marq Webb, public information officer for Texas Forest Service. At this time 200 acres are burnt and there is no containment. There are many resources on the scene, because of the proximity of many homes. There are bulldozers, engines, personnel from VFD's from Fort Davis and from the DMR. There are also two heavy helicopters and 4 seats.

3 PM UPDATE: KRTS spoke live on the air with Jan Fulkerson from the Texas Forest Service. As of 3 PM, the fire was at 500 acres and is considered 10% contained. The fire is right on the edge of the DMR, and crews are monitoring a dozer line between the fire and residential areas. Hand crews are working both the west and east flanks. The fire is expanding to the east, actively moving through grass and brush. While Fulkerson said all homes in the Davis Mountains Resort are technically considered "threatened" at this time, there is no evacuation order in place.

5 PM Update: According to Texas Forest Service's D.L. Wilkerson, the fire has now burned 1000 acres. Another Texas Forest Service Task force has been ordered to the scene from Markel, TX. Currently, two helicopters are working on the fire. It’s burning away from DMR, but crews are still vigorously fighting the fire, as a wind change could push it back towards residences.

In other news, the Rocco Fire (Brewster county, 67 miles southwest of Fort Stockton) is 70% contained, the Buffalo Pasture Fire (Jeff Davis County, 22 miles northwest of Fort Davis) is 100% contained, and the Friend Mountain Fire (Jeff Davis County, 20 miles northwest of Fort Davis) is 100% contained.

Former KRTS/KXWT News Director