Latest updates on the ‘Storage Fire’ wildfire in Palo Pinto County

On Wednesday, June 28th, Brazos VFD and Graford VFD along with other Palo Pinto County fire departments were called to a grass fire in the area of Highway 16 and W. Hells Gate Drive between Graford, TX and Brad, TX.

The fire quickly escalated to around ~100 acres when a request was made for the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Numerous mutual aid and task forces from across North Texas and beyond responded to the scene last night (Wednesday) and worked throughout the night and day to bring containment; however, due to high heat and winds, the fire behavior was extreme and continued to grow.

As of this morning, the fire was estimated at 450 acres with 20% containment. As of 8:00pm Thursday evening, the fire is estimated to be 1,000 acres in size with 30% containment.

At least two DC-10 VLAT (Very Large Air Tanker) have made drops on the fire. Additional aircraft are also working the fire. The VLAT are filling up at Roswell Airport in New Mexico. There are reports that the Forest Service will be opening a closer air base soon.

A mandatory evacuation has been issued for Gaines Bend, Hells Gate, and Sportsman’s World. The fire is actively moving towards Gaines Bend and threatening 150 homes. As of 8:45pm Thursday, no structures have been lost to the flames.