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Devastating wildfires of 2011 again brought into focus

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Credit: Commerce Fire Chief Brian McNevin; April 2011
Ft. Davis Mountain fire

What’s been designated as the Livermore Ranch Complex of fires in West Texas is burning in an area struck exactly a year ago that brought the help of several local firefighters.

The Livermore fires on Monday burned to within 1 1/2 miles of the Davis Mountain Resort, about 175 miles southeast of El Paso. 

A wind shift allowed fire crews more time to erect fire lines around the complex of 400 cabins and other structures. Texas Forest Service spokeswoman April Saginor said the development's 150 permanent residents remained under an evacuation order, though.

Last spring, separate strike teams including firefighters from Commerce, Bogota, Frisco and Royse City were among those to lend a hand in the vast, devastating Rock House Complex of fires that swept through Fort Davis. It was several weeks later that another group of local firefighters assisted in the Comstock blaze along the Mexico border. 

Update at 7:54 a.m.: The Associated Press reports that spokeswoman Saginor says firefighters had a 9,900 acre blaze at Spring Mountain 60 percent contained Monday night.


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