Dempsey Fire West of Mineral Wells Continues to Challenge Texas Firefighters

Dempsey Fire, June 25, 2022. Texas Forest Service
Dempsey Fire, June 25, 2022. Texas Forest Service.

The Dempsey fire six miles west of Mineral Wells, Texas, crossed the Brazos River at several locations. It was very active again on Saturday, but not to the extreme levels seen on Friday.

When the fire was mapped by a plane at 8pm on Saturday, the northwest side reached Fortune Bend Road and looked across. The northeast side of the fire was near Wrangler Field and did not reach Grassy Ridge Road or Lewis Road. It was about three miles south of Graford, one mile west of Highway 337, and two to three miles south of Highway 254.

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The size at that time, taking into account the large unburned areas along the river, was about 10,000 acres. On Sunday morning, the Texas Forest Service reported that it had burned 11,597 acres.

Dempsey Fire Card, 8:00 PM CDT June 25, 2022
Dempsey Fire Card, 20:00 CDT 25 June 2022.

On Saturday, teams continued to build lines, keep the fire along roads, put out bonfires and keep the fire along the Brazos River where they could. Aircraft assisted firefighters on the ground with drops of helicopters and air tankers.

Dempsey Fire Morning briefing, 26 June 2022
Dempsey Fire Morning Information Session, June 26, 2022. Texas Forest Service.

The weather forecast for the fire area that on Sunday at 5:55 a.m. with gusts up to 23 at 5 p.m. The changing wind direction should slow growth to the north, but will be a challenge for firefighters as they work to stay safe as the distribution direction changes.

Dempsey Fire, satellite photo, 17:31 CDT 25 June 2022
Dempsey Fire, satellite photo, 17:31 CDT 25 June 2022. NOAA.
Dempsey Fire
Dempsey Fire, the afternoon of June 25, 2022. Texas Forest Service.

Writer: Bill Gabbert

After working full-time in wildfire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. See all posts by Bill Gabbert

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