Holcombe Road Fire burns thousands of acres in Texas

The fire has blackened 18,000 acres in Crockett and Val Verde Counties

Map location Holcomb Road Fire Texas
Map showing the location of the Holcombe Road Fire in Texas at 2:35 p.m. CDT 4-21-2020.

(Originally published at 6:25 p.m. CDT April 21, 2020)

A wildfire 32 miles north of the Rio Grande and 28 miles southwest of Ozona, Texas has burned 18,000 acres.

The Holcombe Road Fire started April 19, 2020 in Crockett County and has since spread into Val Verde County. The suppression of the fire is being led by the Lone Star State Type 3 Incident Management Team, with Incident Commander Shane Crimm in unified command with the two counties.

The prediction Tuesday morning was for active fire behavior, long range spotting, and very high growth potential. Currently, 6 occupied residences and 50 outbuildings are threatened, as well as oil and gas infrastructure.

Resources working the fire on Tuesday included 50 firefighters, 7 dozers, 24 engines and 2 air tankers. One of the air tankers was Tanker 910, a DC-10 that was flying out of and reloading at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Each sortie took about three hours, plus 50 minutes on the ground between the two loads for taxi and reloading. En route to the fire it was flying 450 mph at 11,300 feet, and returning, 400 mph at 16,400 feet.

Air Tanker 910 a DC-10 Holcomb Road
The flight path of Air Tanker 910, a DC-10, working the Holcomb Road Fire in Texas. This was the second load of the day for the aircraft on the fire. The map was current at 6:25 p.m. CDT April 21, 2020.
Holcomb Road Fire. Photo by Texas Forest Service.
Holcomb Road Fire
Holcomb Road Fire. Photo by Texas Forest Service.
Holcomb Road Fire
Holcomb Road Fire. Photo by Texas Forest Service.

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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.