Texas Fires

I just returned home from a 2 week fire assignment in West Texas and thought I’d share a few photos. You can find more of my Texas Fire photos here.

Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch during the Rockhouse Fire

We spent 14 days working on the Rock House Fire, which is near the small town of Fort Davis, Texas. Fort Davis has a population of around 1,000, which has probably doubled in size due to all of the fire personnel in town. The fire was burning actively and continued to grow each of the 14 days we were there. In fact, it sounds as if it is still growing as of today. The fire is burning in some very difficult canyon country with record breaking weather conditions, which made it very difficult for crews to get a handle on it. We were experiencing 4% Relative Humidity and 60 MPH winds! Hopefully things start to improve there so the nice people of Fort Davis can have their quiet lives back.

Buffalo Trail Scout Ranch during the Rockhouse Fire

I was very surprised by how incredible this little pocket of West Texas was: beautiful canyons, desolate landscape, rugged terrain, abundant wildlife and amazing stars at night. I did have the opportunity to see Fort Davis National Historic Site which is right in town, Its a pretty cool place with some interesting history. Next time I’m in the area Big Bend National Park will be on my list for sure. I really hope I can make it back to this area one day to explore some more, hopefully next time will be without all the fires.

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