59.8 mi
ESE of Presidio, TX
Last Updated: 2 months ago
Incident #: TX-BBP-000169
Fire Start: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 9:18 PM CDT
Dispatch Notes: 100% contained, 944 acres. Local resources on scene.

Current Weather

Fire Growth Potential

Fire Weather Forecast

Incident Overview Updated: 3 months ago

On 5/23 the fire made a run in the afternoon. The fire burned past Cottonwood campground and past Blue Creek drainage. By 9 p.m. the fire's progress ended at a rock outcrop with minimal fuels next to the river and park road (route 16). Winds were reduced today on 5.24, fire behavior was low with a few minor interior smokes in the afternoon. Humidity was higher compared to the day before and helped to limit fire behavior. More accurate mapping has the fire size estimated at 944 acres. From 5/24 until present there was no new fire growth.

Basic Information

Incident Type:
Date of Origin:
Wednesday May 22nd, 2019 approx. 06:00 PM
Along three miles of the Rio Grande between Santa Elena Canyon and Beunos Aires campsite, in Big Bend National Park.
Incident Commander:
Chris Hanson
Incident Description:
The Castolon Fire Originated In Mexico On May 21 And Jumped The Rio Grande, Burning Into The Park Near Castolon On May 22. There Was No New Fire Growth From 5/24 Until Present.
29.134, -103.514

Current Situation

Total Personnel:
Size (Acres):
Estimated Containment Date:
Saturday June 01st, 2019 approx. 05:00 PM
Fuels Involved:
Riparian vegetation, old growth mesquite, and non-native plants (River cane, salt cedar).
Significant Events:
Many historic and modern structures, and Cottonwood Campground have been successfully protected. The historic barracks building, which housed the La Harmonia Store and Castolon Visitor Center suffered extensive damage, along with the bathroom building.

Planned Outlook

Planned Actions:
Mop-up, monitoring interior hot spots and hot spots on perimeter.
Projected Incident Activity:
Mop-up,monitoring interior hot spots and hot spots on perimeter.
There was no new fire growth from 5/24 until present.

The Old Maverick Road has reopened, allowing for access to Santa Elena Canyon. Please note that this is an unpaved road recommended for high clearance vehicles only. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive is open to Mile 22. Castolon and Cottonwood Campground remain closed.
Weather Concerns:
Hot, with low humidity


Incident Contact
Tom VandenBerg
Phone: 432-477-1107
Hours: M-F 8-5 SS 10-2
Fire Unit Information
Big Bend National Park
National Park Service
Big Bend National Park, TX 79834, TX 79834