ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Plumes of smoke could be seen outside KTAB/KRBC studios as Taylor County emergency personnel worked on multiple fires across the big country Tuesday night.
According to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, first responders are working on two structure fires off FM 126, north of I-20. Meanwhile, other crews are battling “several” grass fires near Highway 277 south.
The Texas Wildfire Incident Response System has dubbed a blaze the “Mesquite Heat Fire,” which is unfolding about a mile and a half from Coronado’s camp in Tuscola. It stands at 300 acres and 0% containment as of 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.
Homes in the Hidden Valley Drive area have been ordered to evacuate. The sheriff’s office said it was transferring people to View Baptist Church.
Drivers are advised to avoid the areas completely.
The Abilene Fire Department issued a red flag warning from noon to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
These are work lights. KTAB/KRBC will update this article as new information becomes available.