The Somervell County Emergency Management Coordinator, Dwayne Griffin, posted this update late last night:
"Four heavy helicopters, four small planes, 10 engines, four dozers from the Forestry Service, one sizer from a private citizen, nine units from various departments of Hood County Fire Department, eight units from the Somervell County VFD and approximately 150 firefighters were utilized today at the fire. I want to thank all involved in the efforts including all the food and water donated to the firefighters."
Twenty homes were in the path of the blaze, but all so far have been saved, according to the Somervell County Fire Department.
Tres and Virginia Riley of Tres Changos Ranch on County Road 1008 opened their property to firefighters and sheriff's deputies as a staging area away from the blaze, put out a cooler with lemonade and water, set out chairs and bought food. It made for an nice oasis from the smoke and a good viewing area to see where new fires were igniting.
Firefighting crews were out at first light Saturday to put out any remaining hot spots. More could ignite as the temperature rises during the day and the humidity decreases.
The Reporter will be on the scene and filing an online report later on Saturday.