Arissa Viering | 8/14/2020 | Goodday Mineral Wells | Breaking News | MW Fire Updates
GRAFORD, TX – UPDATE 8/16/2020 20:34: Per the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Turkey Creek Fire is 247 acres and is 95% contained.
GRAFORD, TX – UPDATE 8/16/2020 12:58: Per the Texas A&M Forest Service, the Turkey Creek Fire is 247 acres and is 70% contained.
GRAFORD, TX – UPDATE 8/15/2020 20:29: The Turkey Creek fire is still ongoing. The fire is 267 acres and 50% contained, per the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Due to increased fire activity, SH 254 eastbound and westbound are closed. The fire is spreading south and is very close to two structures. Every attempt is being made to save these structures. SH 337 is still open for use. Please avoid the area.
Further photos from yesterday can be seen below along with the original article. More updates to come.
GRAFORD, TX – BREAKING NEWS 8/14/2020: A fire is currently ongoing at YL Ranch on SH 254 east of Graford and is estimated to be sixty acres. The fire is estimated to be 10% contained.
Graford Fire Department and Mineral Wells Fire Department are currently on scene. Three single engine air tankers have made 6-8 trips to try to contain the fire. Four bulldozers from the Texas A&M Forest Service are currently attempting to create a path for better access to the fire. Due to the spread of the fire, three additional airplanes and one helicopter are being sent to assist with containment, per Mineral Wells Fire Chief Mike Pool.
Chester Yates has been leasing the grass at the property at YL Ranch since 1998. He has twenty-six cows, one bull, and calves totaling to approximately fifty cattle. Luckily, he was able to help the cattle escape before the fire spread. The fire today has been the worst fire at the ranch that Yates has seen since 1998. The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.
A ~2400 sq. ft. home is nearby and every attempt is being made to protect it.
Thank you to Danny Dudley and Chester Yates for allowing the Goodday Mineral Wells team access to provide coverage. Thank you to our firefighters for all of your hard work! Thank you to Mike Page for frequent updates! Be safe!!! – Goodday Mineral Wells Team
CORRECTIONS: One correction has been made to the above article regarding Chester Yates. Thank you, Chester, for making our team aware!
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