UPDATE: Harmon Road Fire still monitored


UPDATE: The Harmon Road Fire is now burning roughly 2,887 acres and is 75 percent contained, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

This deduction of acreage was due to better mapping.

Firefighters worked areas where heavier fuels continue to hold heat near containment lines. Those areas will be monitored and worked throughout the day with engine crews and the handcrew.  

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For six days now, a massive grass fire has been burning in Coryell County. 

Texas A&M Forest Service says the fire has burned over 5,000 acres and is only 50 percent contained.

The fire has threatened 100 homes and forced many people out of the area.

Copperas Cove firefighters say it’s too early to determine damages. They haven’t seen a fire this big in seven years.

While firefighters feel relieved this grass fire is calming down, they are not celebrating just yet. 

“There are still some burning hot spots. There are still some smoldering stumps and logs,” says Copperas Cove Fire Department Deputy Chief Gary Young.

Up to 30 Central Texas agencies teamed up to battle the fire around the clock since last week.

“There are folks that are tired. I am one of them myself. The responders on the ground, they are tired,” says Young.

Firefighters say they have been battling low humidity and strong winds – but most of all, extreme temperatures in triple digits. 

Mary Leathers of the Texas A&M Forest Service credits planes for spraying a red slurry on the land. 

“It doesn’t put the fire down, but it slows it down so then the ground resources can come and work along that line,” Leathers says.

Firefighters don’t want to be out here again – so they’re asking everyone to help prevent brush fires. 

“As well equipped as we are and as rapidly as we respond, these fires can grow in intensity,” Young says.

“Even a little strike on a rock can create a spark, and off we go with a fire,” Leathers says.

It all comes down to a personal responsibility.

“Cleaning out the gutters, cleaning out from underneath your patios and your decks, making sure your grass is cut short around your property,” Young says.

Copperas Cove firefighters are thankful for all of the donations, but say they don’t need anymore right now. However, they are asking anyone wanting to fly a drone in the air not to do so – as it causes problems for emergency planes. 

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