EASTLAND, Texas – Three additional fires broke out in Eastland County, Texas, on Sunday, bringing the total number of fires within the Eastland Complex Fire to 7.
Currently, the fire has blackened 54,463 acres and is 60% contained.
Four fires ignited on Wednesday and Thursday – the Walling, Wheat Field, Kidd and Oak Mott fires. Those were combined for management purposes and named the Eastland Complex Fire. Three more fires, the Blowing Basin, Cedar Mountain and Mangum fires, broke out on Sunday.
Eastland Complex Fire:
- Kidd Fire: 42,333 acres burned/40% contained
- Blowing Basin Fire: 258 acres burned/50% contained
- Cedar Mountain Fire: 179 acres burned/0% contained
- Oak Mott Fire: 4,031 acres burned/75% contained
- Wheat Field Fire: 7,268 acres burned/55% contained
- Mangum Fire: 11 acres burned/85% contained
- Walling Fire: 383 acres burned/100% contained
Dozens of homes and other buildings have been destroyed by the fires.
Authorities on Friday announced an Eastland County deputy was killed while trying to get people to safety ahead of a fast-moving fire. Police said they believe Deputy Barbara Fenley lost control of her vehicle in the thick smoke while checking on residents in Carbon, Texas, and was overcome by the flames.
Flags were lowered to half-staff in Eastland County in honor of Fenley.
"We will never forget her sacrifice, and the state will continue to work closely with first responders and local leaders to mitigate these fires and support our communities as they recover," Gov. Greg Abbott said.
Abbott also issued a disaster declaration for 11 counties that have been impacted by wildfires across the Lone Star State and said his administration would work with local officials to provide resources for those affected.
West-central Texas is under a critical risk of wildfires on Monday as dry, windy conditions across the region would allow for wildfires to quickly grow and spread if any were to ignite.