Did you happen to smell an odor like burning pine leaves throughout the Big Bend? That was a wildfire that destroyed over 500 acres of foliage. It crept through overgrown brush approximately ten miles south of Alpine on 118.
The fires were started by lightning strikes, Tom Santry, Brewster county emergency management coordinator said. The Alpine, Marathon and Fort Davis fire departments battled the fires Saturday. Sunday morning, local officials were awaiting the arrival of Smoke Jumpers from Big Bend National Park to help in the effort. Cars lined the shoulder of 118 watching the blaze.
In the end, our copious summer rains extinguished the blaze.