For three days Big Bend National Park has been burning at a rate of over 1,000 acres, due to what authorities are calling a human-caused wild land fire.
With smoke obstructing visibility of the roads, the National Park Service issued a warning to travelers driving after dark, as Park Rangers ordered a single-lane closure on the road between Panther Junction and Rio Grande Village.
The fire, which had an estimated burn area was 1,537 acres as of 5 p.m. CST on Wednesday, has not jumped the road since Monday. Roadways through the area right now are operating under normal conditions.
U.S. Park Rangers joined the Texas firefighters on the scene last night in a successful effort to keep the wildland fire at bay. Currently, there is no report of any structural damage to either the park or private residence.
“How this area recovers to this fire is yet to be determined,” Big Bend National Park has said in a comment on its Facebook page. “While it is true that wildfires can be beneficial to grassland ecosystem health, this area is also home to non-native invasive grasses that can spread uncontrolled very quickly during fires. Resource managers will continue to monitor this area after fire recovery, when we can better understand how natives compete with non-natives after such an event.”
With the Terlingua Volunteer Fire Department on hand and close monitoring of the situation, local officials hope the blaze remains contained.
Park headquarters is expected to remain open under normal operating conditions until further notice.