Bearing Fire in Trinity County now 100% contained, but not out

TRINITY CO., TX (KTRE) - State Firefighters have finally reached 100% containment of the Bearing Fire in Trinity County, however, they caution the fire is not out, yet.

One hundred percent containment is good news for the fire-weary firefighters who have been battling the blaze for more than three weeks.

"Above normal temperatures along with a chance of scattered afternoon and evening storms will continue for the next couple of days," said KTRE Meteorologist Brad Hlozek.  "Our rain chances should be good news for firefighters, however, even with the possible rain conditions are still very dry for our area."

The Bearing Fire has consumed 20, 222 acres.  The most intense area of the fire is burning near Carmona.  "Two homes and six cabins were destroyed and dozens of residents have been evacuated," according to the latest reports from the Disaster Command Center.

According to Mark Guerra with the Four Corners Hunting Club, there they had 25 travel trailers, 3 ATVs and two hunting vehicles destroyed in Polk/Trinity County.  He also said there were numerous deer stands and feeders destroyed in the fire.  Guerra said damage estimates easily top $250,000 and that does not include hunting gear, supplies and personal items that were there.

The exact extent of damages and loss from the Bearing fire will not be known for several weeks.

Current situation:

  • Yesterday, Texas Forest Service responded to new large fires in Palo Pinto, Presidio, Sutton and Knox counties.
  • We are currently responding to four fires that have burned 2,600 acres.
  • 239 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
  • Daily detailed fire information can be found here or at

New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):

337 FIRE, Palo Pinto County.  600 acres, 30 percent contained. The fire is burning in rough terrain five miles northwest of Mineral Wells. Twenty homes were threatened, none were lost.

BRITE RANCH, Presidio County.  400 acres, 40 percent contained. A hot shot crew is in route to this fire burning in a remote area 30 miles west of Marfa.

BURNETT, Knox County.  1,100 acres, 40 percent contained. Four single-engine airtankers assisted in saving five homes on this fire 12 miles northeast of Benjamin.

WARD RANCH, Sutton County.  500 acres, unknown containment. One residence was saved on this fire burning in grass and brush 20 miles south of Sonora.

Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):


Fire numbers:

Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 13,731 fires that have burned 3,241,510 acres.

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