Two fires near Alpine, TX each burn over 70,000 acres


Map iron mountain fire schwartz fire 5-11,13-2011
Map of the Iron Mountain and Schwartz fires, perimeters from May 11, 2011. The arrows indicate additional fire spread as of May 13. MODIS/Google.

The fires in Texas continue to challenge firefighters. Two fires east of Alpine, Texas have each burned over 70,000 acres.

Iron Mountain fire. This fire 9 miles north of Marathon has burned 82,000 acres and has spread to the east beyond the perimeter shown in the map above to highway 385 north of the Pecos/Brewster county line. The fire has grown significantly over the last two days. It is being managed by the North Carolina Type 2 Incident Management Team (Hildreth/ Howard).

Schwartz fire. This fire 16 miles east of Marathon has also grown by tens of thousands of acres over the last two days. On Thursday it made a run all the way south to Highway 90, but successful efforts by firefighters kept the fire from crossing. Thursday night crews began burning out along the highway, initiating an effort to secure the fire’s southern perimeter.


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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.