Blue Creek Fire Ravages Southeast Moore County


Last Updated on July 17, 2020 – 8:14 AM CDT

UPDATE (7/17/2020 08:00 AM): The Blue Creek Fire has a confirmed mapped perimeter of 4,355 acres with a dozer containment line now complete showing a containment status of 95%. 100% containment is the goal by end of the operational period Friday. Rain amounts over the past few days have greatly helped wildfire mop-up efforts. Opening of public areas will occur when deemed safe by National Park Service Officials.

Saturday around 3:42 PM Texas A&M Forest Service was requested to assist National Park Service on a wildfire in the Lake Meredith Recreational Area near Blue Creek in Moore County. The fire continued to ravage the Blue Creek area for several days and was expected to be contained on Wednesday according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Map of the Blue Creek fire as of July 14th 2020.
Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

The Texas A&M Forest Service says evacuation of the affected park area and the neighboring Sneed Ranch was implemented with cattle grazing land, fencing, and utilities being affected. There was one structure that was threatened but no structures were lost during the initial operational period.

Texas A&M Forest Service is working in unified command with National Park Service and local County Fire departments in suppressing the Blue Creek Fire in Moore County within the park boundary.

As of Tuesday July 15th, the following agencies had fire resources on the scene:

National Park Service, United States Forest Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, 3 TIFMAS – Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System Strike Teams, Fort Worth Fire Department, Cedar Hill Fire Department, Cleburne Fire Department, Aledo Fire Department, Southlake, Brownwood Fire Department, Flower Mound Fire Department, Abilene Fire Department, Wichita Falls Fire Department, Vernon Fire Department, Dallas Fire & Rescue Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Amarillo Fire Department, Paris Fire Department, Frisco Fire Department, McKinney Fire Department, Dallas Fire & Rescue Department

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Map shows the location of the Blue Creek fire in Moore County on July 13, 2020
Source: Texas A&M Forest Service

Update 10:33 p.m. 7-12-2020. Blue Creek Fire is 20% contained! According to Gena Wells with the Stinnett Fire Dept, “FM 1913 is closed at FM 3395. The fire has jumped FM 1913 and is heading west.” No current estimate of acerage.View of the Blue Creek Fire. Fire crews continue to battle the blaze.Posted by Borger News Herald on Sunday, July 12, 2020

Video of the Blue Creek fire on July 12, 2020.
Source: Borger News Herald Facebook Page