BIG COUNTRY, Texas – Multiple fires began burning across the Big Country Thursday evening, KTAB/KRBC has live updates on the fire conditions.
The Eastern Complex includes initial fires and their latest updates, as follows:
- Kidd Fire – Magnum, TX – 42,300 acres, 25% contained – as of 8:30 p.m. March 19
- Oak Mott Fire – Rising Star, TX – 4,030 acres, 60% contained – as of 8:30 p.m. March 19
- Wheat Field Fire – Cisco, TX – 7,300 acres, 40% contained – as of 8:30 p.m. March 19
- Walling Fire – Atwell, TX – 383 acres, 100% contained – as of 6:30 p.m. March 18
Sunday, March 20
Evacuations are underway in Brownwood.
According to Brown County Emergency Management, the evacuation area is restricted to CR 331 South, CR 351 West and CR 355 East.
Brownwood officials warn residents to not fight any fires on your own.
The Cedar Mountain Fire is burning about a mile west of Wild Country RV Resort in Cisco. According to the Texas Wildfire Response System, this fire is 0% contained at 50 acres in size.
The City of Cisco says evacuations are in progress between Eastland and Cisco, due to a “fast moving” grass fire.
Highway 6 between Eastland and Cisco has been shut down.
From the Blooming Basin area to the Wheat Field Fire area, Eastland officials say, “evacuate all.”
Robert James was arrested Saturday on five counts of Felony Arson, for the St. Patrick’s Day Fires in Ranger.
A Cobb Park area home caught fire Sunday morning, damaging other homes nearby.
More than 150 structures, including homes, were completely destroyed in the Kidd Fire- as part of the Eastland Complex.
Thursday, March 17
The Texas A&M Forest Service now says the Eastland Complex fire has burned more than 38,000 acres.
The Rising Star Fire Department (RSFD) says residents should evacuate immediately.
RSFD made the announcement in a Facebook post, including that residents can take shelter at the Myrtle Wilks Center in Cisco.
The City of Gorman is under notice of evacuation.
Eastland County Today reported the news in a Facebook post, advising Gorman residents to evacuate South, towards De Leon and not North, towards Carbon– where evacuations are also in place.
City officials confirmed with KTAB/KRBC that a stretch of Highway 6, South of I-20 is closed off.
The National Weather Service (NWS) San Angelo announced an evacuation order lift Thursday night.
In a tweet, NWS San Angelo said the evacuation alert for all of Taylor County is canceled.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said its crews responded to US 183 North Thursday night, to assist with county road closures. This, due to the Oak Mott fire.
According to Abilene Emergency Management, a wildfire hit a northeast part of Taylor County, and its affecting parts of Abilene.
An evacuation order is in place from South of West Highway 80 to North of Military Drive, and from West of Arnold Boulevard.
Emergency Management warns the public to not attempt to fight the fire yourself.
The City of Carbon began evacuating homes and businesses, according to Eastland County Today. Lake Leon residents were advised to self-evacuate.
The newspaper also advised the public to stay away from downtown Ranger.
*According to Eastland County Today, multiple structures caught fire Thursday afternoon.
The newspaper posted images and videos on their Facebook page, of the blazes including an old police department building.
*TxDOT alerted the public that they closed SH 6 in Eastland County, from IH-20 to Gorman, due to a “rapidly expanding fire.”
TxDOT is rerouting traffic from FM 2214 to FM 571, and FM 8 to SH 6 in Gorman.
The Carbon community is under evacuation order.
The Crews Gap fire, which began Wednesday and was reignited Thursday, evacuated the Glen Cove area of Coleman.
The Walling fire, burning 383 acres in Eastland County, is at 95% containment as of Wednesday night.
The Oak Mott fire, burning in Brown County, between Rising Star and May, has issued an evacuation order for the area east of Highway 183. The evacuation order goes from County Road 495 County Road 436, and east to County Road 135. This, according to Brown County Emergency Management.
According to the Texas Wildfire Response System, the Oak Mott fire is at 0% containment.
*Abilene fire crews are battling a fire on Old East Highway 80, just outside of Abilene.
The Noodle Creek fire, in Jones County, was 100% contained just after 5:00 p.m. Thursday, according to the Texas Wildfire Response System.
KTAB/KRBC will continue to update this article, as new information becomes available.