Wildfire Incident Information
This fire is no longer active
60% contained
Fire Status
Last Updated
7 months ago
Fire Start
Monday, August 7, 2023 12:09 PM PDT
Incident #
Tall Grass (2.5 feet)
Dispatch Notes
Control: 8/12/2023 15:22 | Contain: 8/10/2023 04:04

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview

Inciweb information was updated: 12 months ago

At 2:11 p.m. on Aug. 7, Texas A&M Forest Service responded to a request for assistance on a fire burning 15.5 miles north/northwest of Zapata in Zapata County, Texas. The fire began burning at a moderate rate of speed through grass and brush fuels in an oil field. Firefighters plan to use local roads to work off to box the fire into containment. No structures were directly threatened.

Texas A&M Forest Service has mobilized the following to assist with response: fire managers and miscellaneous overhead, air resources including an air attack plane, single engine air tanker (SEAT) planes, Blackhawk helicopters with buckets and a large air tanker (LAT); engines, dozers and crews from Edinburg and Alice; the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System Strike Team (TIFMAS) from Cotulla.

An air attack plane provided the early overview of the fire then directed SEATs, LAT and Helicopters to drop flame retardant and water on the western and southwestern flanks of the fire to provide initial heat suppression. State and Zapata County Dozer crews began constructing containment lines on the northern flanks, tying in with a containment line started by a local equipment operator on the eastern flank. After the fire died down a bit around 7:00 pm, engine crews worked with Zapata County resources to contain the fire on the western flank, off of County Road 3169.

Basic Incident Details

Last Updated
Tue, Aug 8, 2023 11:57 AM UTC
Incident Type
Fire Discovered
Mon, Aug 7, 2023 2:11 PM UTC
15.5 miles north/northwest of Zapata in Zapata County, Texas
Incident Commander
A. Salvidar, Texas A&M Forest Service
27.122073333333, -99.196798333333

Current Situation

2,500 Acres
Estimated Containment
Wednesday, August 9, 2023 3:00 AM PDT
Fuels Involved

Grass and brush

Dispatch Center Contact

Texas Interagency Coordination Center (TXTIC)

Lufkin, TX