The Texas Rockhouse Fire that destroyed over 40 homes and structures in Fort Davis and closed many area trails and parks is being reported as 95% to 100% contained. As the smoke and danger begin to subside parks and trails are reopening.
|A Lone Tree stands among the burnt grassland in Fort Davis Texas – Photo Credit: Texas Forest Service|
Balmorhea State Park has been open for several days now. Davis Mountains State Park is scheduled to reopen Saturday May 7th. And the Madera Canyon Trail is reopening today May 5th. The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve will go ahead with their planned open day May 14th 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This has been shortened from the previous scheduled open weekend.
To date the Rockhouse fire has burned over 490 square miles (or 314,444 acres). For the last few weeks Davis Mountains State Park has been home base for fire crews containing the fire. As fire crews move on to other more pressing fires and people come to see the damage we need to remember that the area is still under burn ban and extreme fire danger. The Davis Mountain Preserve will not allow vehicles past the McIvor Visitor center. Balmorhea and Davis Mountains State Park is only allowing charcoal & containerized (i.e. propane) fires for cooking.
It is good to see things returning to normal in this unique mountain region. I hope to get down to the area soon to see the damage from the fire.
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