Palo Pinto Wildfire Still Burning, 4,500 Acres Consumed

Alan Scaia
July 06, 2018 - 5:36 am
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MINERAL WELLS (1080 KRLD) - The wildfire burning in Palo Pinto County is now 55% contained. The Texas A&M Forest Service says the fire burning west of the town of Palo Pinto now covers 4,483 acres.

The forest service says crews on the ground have been building lines around the fire. They have been cutting through brush and trees in hilly terrain to build the lines. The forest service says firefighters have made progress building a line on the southern edge of the fire.

From the air, helicopters with the Texas National Guard have been making trips from the Mineral Wells Airport to put out hotspots along the eastern edge of the fire.

The FAA has restricted airspace over Palo Pinto County to protect the helicopters.

Officials believe lightning started the fire Monday.

No one has been hurt, and no homes have been destroyed.