Wildfire Burning In Leon County

By: Sylvia Villarreal Email
By: Sylvia Villarreal Email

 Latest information can also be found on The Leon County Emergency Management facebook page.

Texas Forestry Service Fire Map

Tuesday, 10am Update:

Latest word from the Incident Command Chief John Adams at the Concord command post is that the latest containment number is only at 15%. The amount of acreage that has been burned will be determined over the next couple of hours once aerial recon finishes their flight over the area. There has been word that more structures have been lost as well -- but exact details were not given at the time.

News 3 has also learned that ten firefighters in five trucks were trapped and in serious trouble after fire in surrounding trees came down on them. One firefighter was burned on his arms, but is otherwise fine, while the other nine were able to make it out unharmed.

Tuesday, 8am Update:

Aerial recon of the area is slated for 9am to assess the damage in the area. As of this morning, crews on the scene estimate about 5,000 acres have burned and it is estimated that containment is around 40%. However, a better idea of those numbers will become a bit more clear after the flight over the area happens.

Flynn and Hilltop Lakes residents have been advised to pack things up they may want to take should they have to evacuate however, those evacuations orders have not come yet. They are just as a precaution in case the fire should move in that direction.

As of last check, 20 to 30 structures are estimated to have been destroyed so far with 10 to 15 of those possibly being homes.

Latest information can also be found on The Leon County Emergency Management facebook page.

Donations for firefighters trying can be dropped off at the following locations: Buffalo-Davis Corner Store, Centerville Fire Department, Hilltop Lakes Fire Department, Becky's Cottage in Normangee, Jewitt Civic Center and Kountry Korner in Marquez. Officials are asking for donations to not be dropped off at the Command Center due to the high volume of fire trucks and volunteers moving around in that area.

Items that are needed are: chapstick, vaseline, bandanas, bed sheets to soak and use to stay cool, dust mask and eye drops.

11:30AM Update:

The fire burning south of Concord is now being fought with a fire burning near the community of Robbins. Texas Forest Service officials are calling this the "Concord/Robbins Fire."

The fire is bordered by FM 39 to the East, FM 1147 to the West and Highway 7 to the North. The Southern border is moving toward FM 977.

This fire is burning over 1,000 and is not contained.

The fire is moving South toward FM 977. Fire officials are calling for the evacuations of Flynn to the south of the fire and Robbins, which is on the North border of the fire.

Over 300 people have been evacuated so far. 50 homes are being threatened.

So far, 15 homes have been destroyed. 10 other structures were destroyed. Fire crews report that one church was destroyed.

10AM Update:

3,000-4,000 acres have burned in Leon county to date according to volunteers fighting the blaze. Right now firefighters are battling some 1500 acre fire.

The fires are just north of the Leon community of Flynn(north of Normangee). Because of strong winds from the north, firefighters are concentrating their efforts to insure the flames don't spread into Flynn.

Meanwhile a seperate fire is being attacked north of Highway 7 near Robbins and Robbins Nest. It is has already destroyed three homes, one church and 10 structures.

Evacuations remain in place for residents east of FM 1147 through country roads 427 and 428, all of CR 495, as well as CR 491, 496 485 and all the way over to FM 39.

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Midnight Update

Evacuation orders are still in place as of early Monday morning.

Texas Forest Service says the fire is east of FM 1147 and west of FM 39, heading for the community of Flynn.

So far, 10 plus structures have been lost, including 3 homes with 50 of them threatened.

The fire is about 30% contained.

No injuries have been reported.

11 P.M. Update

Texas Forest Service official says Leon County Fire has exceeded 1000 acres.

Officials say the fire was caused by a tree limb that fell onto an electrical line.

60 homes have been evacuated and homeowners are not being allowed to return.

The fire is currently only 25% contained and spans four miles long and two and a half miles wide.

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8:45 P.M. UPDATE

Brazos County firefighters have been asked to help with the firefighting efforts in Leon County.

The fire is located near CR 329 near the Robbins Community west of FM 39.

Texas Forest Service officials say about 900 acres are currently burning and the fire is less than 25% contained.

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A wildfire that has consumed more than 500 acres is swiftly moving across portions of Leon County.

Ed Brown with the Texas Forest Service tells News 3 that evacuations are underway. Ten structures have been destroyed with as many as 50 other homes being threatened.

Area firefighters and aerial tankers from the Texas Forest Service are battling the blaze that's been burning since about 2:30 Sunday afternoon.

A crew is en route to Leon County and we'll have the latest updates on kbtx.com and later on News 3.


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