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August 15, 2012

Fighting fire with fire

Strike teams use back burning method to halt fires’ spread

By CHRIS AGEE | cagee@mineralwellsindex.com

Thousands of acres continued to smolder Tuesday as local and state fire personnel continued battling two major fires.

According to Texas Forest Service Public Information Officer Joe Kozlowski, the Rhodes Ranch II Fire, which started Tuesday afternoon as the result of a lightning strike, was 75 percent contained as of Tuesday afternoon.

The blaze was reported to be completely contained at least twice last week, though wind shifts caused the fire to rekindle and spread each time.

Kozlowski said the fire had consumed about 1,700 acres as of Tuesday, slightly less than the 1,745 burned in the Dark Valley Fire.

He said that blaze, which is situated along State Highway 254 and was also caused by lightning, was 85 percent contained Tuesday.

According to Kozlowski, local firefighters were once again aided by state resources released over the weekend by Gov. Rick Perry.

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