Big Bend National Park

The Historic Castolon District in Big Bend National Park has suffered damage. An internal NPS email reports the following as of 8:00 AM this morning.

Big Bend suffered a major loss last evening, as a wildfire destroyed the La Harmonia Store/Visitor Center building, restrooms, and damaged one of the historic homes in the Castolon Historic District. The fire is estimated at 100 acres.

The fire began on the Mexico side of the river near Castolon. The fire was reported as having jumped across the Rio at approximately 1800 hours. Soon after it spread into the historic area. The fire continued burning to the west towards the campground but did not enter the campground. The campground was evacuated. The Castolon housing area was not affected and was not evacuated. Crews were fighting the fire until early this AM, and will continue today. 

The most important news is that everyone is okay and accounted for. Supt. Bob Krumenaker is aware of the situation, and I’m keeping him and the regional director informed.

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