Range fire in Hardeman County at least 70% contained

Range fire in Hardeman County at least 70% contained
The Copper Breaks Fire in Hardeman County is at least 70 percent contained as of Wednesday night. Image Source: The Texas A&M Forest Service

HARDEMAN COUNTY, Texas (KFDA) - The Copper Breaks Fire in Hardeman County is at least 70 percent contained as of Wednesday night.

Yesterday, The Texas A&M Forest Service said the Copper Breaks Fire is about 71 percent contained and is around 7,206 acres. There are less acres because crews are working to improve containment lines by working directly at the fire’s edge.

There are more than 100 personnel battling the fire.

Firefighters assisted in putting out hot spots and flare ups with assistance from helicopters.

The Quanah Volunteer Fire Department helped break up and cool hot spots in brush piles along berms while another crew on the eastern side extinguished flare-ups at containment lines with engines and helicopters.

According to Amarillo Fire Department, crews with the Amarillo TIFMAS are going back home this morning after aiding in the fire this week.

A federal team, the Southern Area Type 1 Incident Management Red Team, was called out on Tuesday to help contain the Copper Breaks Fire.

Firefighters will continue to focus on containment lines on the fire. Crews are constructing more direct lines today to contain the fire.

The Texas A&M Forest Service said there is potential for “very active fire behavior today” if dry weather trends persist.

Area fire crews began battling a couple of range fires over the weekend and have continued throughout the week.

The Copper Breaks Fire broke out Friday, Aug. 16, near Quanah.

The Bird Ranch Fire in Cottle County is 80 percent contained and is 9,931 acres.

On Tuesday, the Side Oates Fire in Cottle County was considered 100 percent contained with 350 acres.

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