ABILENE – The Mesquite Heat Fire in Taylor County is 11,256 acres with 25% containment. Increased acreage is due to more accurate mapping and data collection.
According to the Texas Forest Service Sunday afternoon, active open flames were reported yesterday morning on the eastern side of the fire although fire intensity was low. Minimal fire behavior is expected today. However, fuels remain extremely dry and could support some moderate, low intensity growth.
Firefighters continue to focus on the uncontained firelines along the north, west and southern edges of the fire to limit fire progression. Heavy equipment is working to construct containment lines. Aviation resources are available to assist with any increased fire activity.
Sheriff Bishop has lifted the remaining access restrictions in the evacuated areas. A heavy Sheriff's Office presence will remain in the area to help ensure public safety.
Yesterday at 8 a.m. the Southern Area Incident Management Gold Team assumed command of the Mesquite Heat Fire under the leadership of Incident Commander Dave Martin and in unified command with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office.