CORYELL COUNTY, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: As of Saturday, July 9, the incident commander of the Post Oak Fire determined the fire was 100 percent contained.
Command of the fire has been turned back over to the local departments. The cause remains undetermined at this time.
A small interior pocket reignited on Sunday afternoon, prompting the Texas A&M Forest Service resources to be called back to the scene. The problem was addressed, and the problem area will be checked again on Monday.
On Friday morning, the Post Oak Fire was estimated at 35 acres, and was 60 percent contained. Containment lines were established, which continued to be monitored for any heat remaining. A hotshot hand crew was working in the rough terrain to access problem areas which were inaccessible to engines and equipment. Travelers were urged to use caution on FM-107, as emergency personnel were in the area.
This came after crews worked to stop forward progression of the fire in rough terrain. Some smokes continued to surface, and crews addressed these as they arose.
It was previously reported that as of 1:50 a.m. Thursday, crews made good progress on the fire. Heavy equipment put in containment lines and stopped forward progression. Air resources addressed areas of immediate concern which were not accessible. An interagency hand crew also arrived in to begin working in the rough terrain. Local fire departments worked on structure protection, patrolling containment lines, and held the fire at many places where it didn’t already cross. Crews returned on Thursday morning to continue building line and to monitor the fire.
At approximately 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, the Texas A&M Forest Service responded to a request for assistance in Coryell County, near Oglesby. The fire was burning in thick juniper on a difficult-to-access ridgeline.
Resources on scene included five dozers, three Fire Boss single engine air tankers (water), three single engine air tankers (retardant), three helicopters, and one air attack platform. A handcrew was ordered to assist with accessing areas of rough terrain.
Several volunteer fire departments were on scene – including Gatesville, Flat, Oglesby, Osage-Coryell City, and the Coryell Office of Emergency Management. TXDOT and the Coryell Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic.
FM-107 was closed – between FM-1996 and County Road 315. The fire was burning on both sides of FM-107, as of Wednesday. FM-107 has since reopened to the public, according to the Gatesville Fire Department.
As of Wednesday, three structures were threatened, and units were on scene working to protect them.