King Fire scorches 5 800 ha (14 300 acres) of land in Brooks County, Texas

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A wildfire that started on the King Ranch in Brooks County, Texas, has burned around 5 800 ha (14 300 acres) of land as of Thursday, March 18, 2021, before being contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. 

The fire — named King Fire — began at the King Ranch, east of Encino, about 113 km (70 miles) southwest of Corpus Christi. One structure has been affected, while others were threatened. Two other smaller fires occurred in the area, including the Butterfly 2 Fire which has scorched about 121 ha (300 acres).

The forest service said burn bans were issued for Duval, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Live Oak, Refugio, and Nueces County.

As of Friday, March 19, the King Fire and Butterfly 2 Fire have been 100 percent contained.

People were encouraged to avoid outdoor burning of debris or trash, dragging trailer chains on the roadway, driving through dry grass, and throwing lit cigarettes into vegetation, which can cause a spark.

Featured image credit: Texas A&M Forest Service

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