Copper Breaks fire 84 percent contained; still battling Foard Co. fire


UPDATE August 23, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Fire crews are slowly getting the large wildfire that’s been burning since last Friday in Hardeman county under control.

The latest report from the Texas Forest Service lists the Copper Breaks fire as 84% contained, with more than 7,000 acres involved.

About 130 personnel are still battling the fire along with 41 trucks, 13 bulldozers, 3 helicopters and two other aircraft.

Heavy equipment is concentrating on containment lines along the western edge.

Another large fire to the west in Foard county has involved almost 9,000 acres and is only about 10% contained. It is being attacked both on the ground and from the air also.

Residents in the Goodlett area in western Hardeman Co. were warned yesterday to be ready to evacuate homes if winds increased the fire danger, and to get important documents and medications gathered up.

—Mike Dueitt, Incident Commander of the Southern Area Type 1 Incident Management Red Team

HARDEMAN COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL)— UPDATE: On 8/21/2019: Copper Breaks Fire in Hardeman County is estimated at 8,380 acres and 58% contained.

The fire in Hardeman County is now estimated at 8,380 acres and 50% of the fire is contained.

The fire is still 40% contained and a type 1 helicopter is still making its rounds dropping water on hotspots. In the hopes of preventing an outbreak.

Officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service are not ruling out that the fire was human-caused, but as the investigation continues they are urging ranchers to be careful.

Firefighters and the Texas A&M Forest Service are working tirelessly to contain a fire that burned through more than 8,000 acres of land in Hardeman County this weekend.

“We are physically trying to put in a barrier where the fire is and could be and unburned vegetation,” Texas A&M Forest Service PIO Kari Hines said.

The fire started around 3:00 Friday afternoon and burned through the weekend with emergency personnel working around the clock.

For the first time this year, TIFMAS resources have been deployed to help with the raging wildfire, which officials said is uncommon.

“A forward progression has been stopped and that’s what our goals are over the next probably week is to make sure that all the progression has stopped we’ve got lots of heavy equipment and firefighters out there making sure of that,” Assistant Chief All Hazard Response Jon Reese said.

Kari Hines said most Texas fires are human-made so officials are asking residents to be aware of the simple things that could cause a wildfire.

“Like burning debris, dragging chains on a trailer, maybe even smoking the meat in the smoker on your back porch, all of these things can and will cause wildfires,” Hines said.

In the meantime, fire officials will stay in Hardeman County to get this blaze under control, something that could take a couple of days.

Folks are being reminded to have a fire extinguisher on hand, water, and a cellphone to call 911 just in case a fire breaks out unexpectedly.

Since it began, eight fire departments have responded to assist including Wichita Falls.


UPDATE: Officials with the Texas A&M Forest Service aren’t ruling out that t the Copper Breaks Fire is human-caused as the investigation continues. While it remains 40-percent contained the investigation continues.

There is a type one helicopter dropping water on hotspots within the perimeter.
UPDATE: According to the Texas A&M Forest Service twitter the fire is about 40-percent contained as of Sunday night.

It’s estimated that 12,000 acres have burned.

And unlike the Hardeman County Sheriff’s hope of getting some help from storms, the Texas Forest Service officials said it dropped very little rain to help the cause, and the wind increase posed an additional challenge for firefighters.

HARDEMAN COUNTY (KFDX/KJTL) — UPDATE: At least 11,000 acres have burned in the Copper State Park fire. Hardeman County Sheriff said firefighters are getting some needed help from the rain out in Quanah, helping minimize the fire, but firefighters are continuing to try to put all of it out.

A fire is still burning out in Hardeman County after three days with multiple agencies assisting.

According to Texas Forest Service officials, strike team members have joined multiple agencies working to contain a fire in Copper Break State Park.

As of Sunday afternoon, the fire is 20% contained and has burned about 5,000 acres.

Officials from Red Oak, Fort Worth, Roanke, Haltum City, Brownwood, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and Lewisville fire departments have all responded and this is the first time in 2019 that the TIFMAS resources have been called to assist with a wildfire call.

Hardeman County Sheriff Pat Laughery said fires south of Quanah are now under control.

However, resource available are being dedicated to the fires on the west of Quanah.

Texoma’s Homepage will keep you updated when new information become available.

Original story: The fire threat for Quanah has been decreased and only smalls remain in the area.

According to the Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office, all residents south on U.S. 287 need to be on alert for a possible evacuation, as the fire continues to burn. Sheriff Pat Laughery said if that evacuation is needed, the Code Red system will be utilized. They will also go door to door if need be, alerting residents. Additionally, HWY 6 is now shut down. No traffic is being allowed through. Laughery said at the writing of this update, Quanah is not in danger, as the winds have shifted.

The Lone Star State Incident Management Team of the Texas A & M Forest Service reports the fire has affected 3,000 acres and is 20% contained as of Saturday evening. We will continue to update this story as new information becomes available.

Developing Friday night, a massive fire on the edge of southern Hardeman County continues to rage on.

The fire started around 3 p.m. at the Copper Breaks State Park.

It’s estimated to be 2,000 acres and only 15% contained.

Texas Forest Service firefighter are working the scene, and we’re working to get more information on the fire, so stay with Texoma’s Homepage for the latest information.

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