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TEJANO CANYON FIRE – Tuesday JUNE 7, Noon

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Monday, June 6, a Forest Service Type 1 Helicopter briefly landed about 100 ft from Hwy 17 near Barry Scobee Mountain. The helicopter had a minor hydrolic leak. KRTS photo by Pete Szilagyi.

The Tejano Canyon Fire is now in its sixth day, but containment is expected by this evening. KRTS spoke with Mike Ferris, Public Information Officer with the US Forest Service. Ferris said the fire is somewhere between 85% and 90% contained. It has burned 12,300 acres.

Fire crews, consisting of local, Texas Forest Service, and US Forest Service personnel, conducted a burn out along fire line in the Madera Canyon area yesterday (Monday, June 6). Ferris said the burns were done “slowly and methodically” throughout the day in the Madera Canyon area.

Fire fighters worked late into the evening last night, and camped out near the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve’s McIvor Conservation Center.

“Today we’re in the process of mopping up and making sure that there’s a good, solid black line,” said Ferris.  A black line means that all fuel has been burned, up to 15 feet from the containment lines.

Stay tuned to KRTS Marfa at 93.5 FM and online for more updates.