(UPDATED at 7:35 p.m. CST February 5, 2015)
Big Bend National Park reports that the 1,792-acre Powerline Fire is 98 percent contained. They will begin demobilizing firefighting resources Saturday.
(UPDATED at 5:42 p.m. CST February 4, 2016)
Below is an updated satellite map of the Powerline Fire in Big Bend National Park in south Texas.
— Tom Michael (@Tom2Michael) February 3, 2016
(UPDATED at 10:55 CST, February 4, 2016)
Better mapping has revealed that the Powerline Fire in Big Bend National Park in south Texas had burned 1,537 acres as of 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, which is a revision of the earlier estimate of 1,995 acres.
Late on Wednesday the park reported that the fire had approached the southern side of the road between Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village, but it had not jumped the road since Monday February 1st and there was no active fire on the north side of the road.
(UPDATED at 11:30 a.m. CST February 3, 2016)
As of Tuesday at 5 p.m. the Powerline Fire in Big Bend National Park in south Texas had burned 1,995 acres as it continues to spread into more rugged terrain.
The threat to the employee housing area and other structures has diminished. More firefighting resources are expected to arrive Wednesday evening.
(UPDATED at 9 p.m. CST, February 2, 2016)
At about 7 p.m. CST on Tuesday Big Bend National Park reported that the wildfire in the park, now named Powerline, began spreading again Tuesday afternoon moving into terrain that is more inaccessible after being relatively quiet earlier in the day. The Southwest Area Coordination Center has processed orders for one Type 2 hand crew and one Type 3 helicopter. The Park estimates the fire has burned about 1,000 acres as of mid-afternoon on Tuesday.
(UPDATED at 12:28 a.m. CST, February 2, 2016)
A fire that started at about 5 p.m. on Monday has burned approximately 500 acres in Big Bend National Park in south Texas. The likely cause is a power line that failed during strong winds.
The fire has burned on both sides of Park Route 12 about a mile south and east of the Panther Junction Park Headquarters which has numerous administrative structures and residences.
At 10:40 a.m. CST park spokesperson David Elkowitz said as far as he knew the fire was no longer spreading but vegetation is still burning inside the perimeter.
For a while electrical power was out at Park HQ but it was later restored.
The road from Panther Junction to Rio Grande Village is now open to non-emergency traffic, but vehicles are not allowed to stop in the burned area. Power has been cut to Rio Grande Village as a precaution while the fire moves east.
The weather Tuesday is more favorable for the firefighters due to cooler temperatures and higher humidity, but the fire danger remains high.
Approximately 35 firefighters from the National Park Service are assigned to the fire. The park’s fixed wing plane has assisted crews by providing information about the movement of the fire.
All photos were provided by the National Park Service.