Dempsey Wildfire Burns in Palo Pinto County – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

A wildfire in Palo Pinto County has eroded thousands of acres and prompted evacuations, authorities say.

The fire, called Dempsey Fire, consumed 6,500 acres in a land west of Mineral Wells on Friday night and was 12% contained, the Texas A&M Forest Service said.

“All flanks of the fire are active. Crews are focused on life safety, structural protection and the establishment of containment lines,” the forestry said.

The Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office said evacuations were encouraged in the area north of US 180, south of Texas 254, east of Farm-to-Market 4 and west of Texas 337.

“The Dempsey fire has shown extreme fire activity as temperatures rose through the afternoon, the fire made a hard push to the northwest and has jumped over the Brazos River and FM Rd,” Mineral Wells Fire and EMS wrote on Facebook.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff’s office said the town of Graford should prepare to evacuate.

Donations can be made to the Palo Pinto VFD at 620 Oak Street in Palo Pinto.

The Mineral Wells Fire Department said additional firefighting supplies could be dropped from 6 p.m. 9.00 to kl. 2pm Saturday at Well of Life Churchs parking lot, located at 2514 US 380 in Mineral Wells. Items needed include:

  • Water
  • Sports drinks
  • Eye drops
  • Advil / Tylenol
  • lip balm
  • Non-perishable snacks (protein / carbohydrate based)
  • Wet wipes

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