Crews Trying to Put Out Texas Wildlife Refuge Fire

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HIGH ISLAND, Texas - Firefighters are working to control a grass fire that spread over about 5,000 acres of a federal wildlife refuge marshland along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

No injuries and no evacuations have been reported after fire broke out late Thursday in the McFaddin Wildlife Refuge. The refuge covers nearly 60,000 acres of marshland near the southeast corner of Texas along the Gulf of Mexico.

Smoke from the blaze carried by easterly winds brought a haze to parts of the Houston area about 45 miles to the west.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says cause of the fire is under investigation. No lightning was reported in the area.

The refuge, established in 1980, is home to the largest concentration of alligators in Texas.

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