Taylor County Sheriff's Office Closes U.S. 277 at Buffalo Gap Rd. Because of Mesquite Heat Wildfire


ABILENE – The Taylor County Sheriff's office is closing U.S. 277 at FM 89, Buffalo Gap Rd Wednesday evening because of the spread of the Mesquite Heat wildfire which is only 10% contained.   

According to the TCSO, All residents are advised to locate different routes or stay away from fire areas altogether.

The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office says that homes on Braune Road from Hidden Valley Drive to Hwy 277 and all of CR 297 were being evacuated ‘immediately’ as of 4:15 p.m. Wednesday according to KTXS.

Reports earlier indicated ten homes were destroyed by the fire and other structures have been burned down as well.  

The Mesquite Heat fire south of Abilene is one of several wildfires the Texas Forest Service crews are working on alongside local Volunteer Fire Departments.

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