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Fire crews work through the night on Bitter Creek Fire

Posted July 29

— Officials from the Texas A&M Forestry Service have confirmed that the Bitter Creek Fire has consumed 300 acres and is officially at 65% contained Saturday.

Philip Truitt, communications officer with the Texas A&M Forestry Service said that their agency is working with local fire departments in managing the situation as crews continue battling the blaze.

The Forestry Service was dispatched to the scene of the fire in Southeast Nolan County, at 5:24 pm on Friday evening. Texas A&M Forestry Service responded to the assistance request with 17 personnel on the ground and 2 more personnel from their aviation unit in Abilene.

Aviation units have flown a total of 7 missions over the fire, dropping 5,100 gallons of retardant over the Bitter Creek Fire.

Crews worked through the night to contain the fire, which at one point threatened at least 7 structures. Currently, officials indicate that as of Saturday morning, no structures are threatened by the fire.

A social media post from the Sweetwater, Texas fire department indicated that they may possibly on scene for several days battling the fire.

Truitt said that crews are back burning the fire and it is surrounded while crews are using an unmanned aerial vehicle to assess the current situation.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time according to the Sweetwater Fire Department and an investigation is still ongoing.


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