BELL COUNTY (March 8, 2013)—The persistent Iron Bridge Park wildfire, which has charred 500 acres since it broke out Sunday afternoon, was 100 percent contained Friday and should be out completely by Sunday, the Texas A&M Forest Service said.
Area firefighters and Forest Service crews have been working around the clock in the effort to stop the spread of the fire, which continued to flare up throughout the week because of the dry conditions and gusty winds.
The wetter and relatively windless weather Friday was helping crews in the effort to put out the last hot spots.
The fire was about 75 percent contained at the start of the day Thursday, but flared up, jumped the Leon River and moved toward a wildlife management area.
The same thing happened Wednesday as winds fanned the flames of the fire, which was burning along the Leon River from Horseshoe Bend to Stampede Creek.
On Tuesday three-dozen local fire units, four more units and a helicopter from the state, and dozens of firefighters were in a race against time to stop the rapidly-spreading wind-whipped flames of the rekindled wildfire from spreading to nearby homes.
At one point Tuesday afternoon, the fire threatened at least nine homes in the area of Cowan Road and Buckhorn Cemetery Road and at least seven families voluntarily left the area, Casey said.
Campers in both White Flint Park and Winkler Park were also asked to evacuate, officials said.
About 30 firefighters from more than a half-dozen area departments and Texas A&M Forest Service personnel worked through the day and night Sunday and Monday to contain the fire, which broke out Sunday, sparked by a campfire in a local park.