6:20 pm: Fire is visible from west side of Alpine and flames visible on ridge above Sunny Glen, according to Gazette Publisher John Waters, stationed on FM 1703 to Sunny Glen. Alpine Police Chief said the fire is “moving fast.”
Firefighting crews from Alpine, Marfa, Fort Davis as well as the Texas Forest Service and US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are all site and involved in firefighting efforts. Local police, the sheriff and deputies, and DPS agents are also on scene in various support roles.
Fire has apparently jumped HWY 67/90 in five places, but the more aggressive part of the fire appears to be in the vicinity of Toronto Canyon.
At 5 pm, Waters says the scene on the west side of town is “quite dramatic.” Smoke hampers his ability to see actual edge of fire. All but emergency responder personnel have been evacuated to east of the railroad bridge on the west side of Alpine. There are a number of emergency vehicles on site, and several aircraft dumping fire retardant on the flank of the fire.
Brewster County Sheriff’s Dept. has ordered a mandatory evacuation of all residences west of Moseley Lane in Alpine. The Alpine Civic Center is open for evacuees. Sul Ross State Univeristy’s Range Animal Science Center on the east side of town is available for livestock that need to be evacuated and temporarily boarded elsewhere.