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Evacuations in Taylor County as Mesquite Heat Fire grows to 5,000 acres

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TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Mesquite Heat Fire, which began Tuesday evening near Coronado’s Camp, grew to 5,000 acres in 24 hours. Here is a list of areas evacuated, as according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office Facebook updates.

Evacuate:

  • Town of Buffalo Gap, as of 6:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • East of Highway 277, from FM 1235 to Buffalo Gap, as of 6:00 p.m. Tuesday
  • East of Mesquite Heat Fire to Highway 277, from Braune Road to nearby rest area, as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday
  • Braune Road, from Hidden Valley to Highway 277 and all of CR 297, as of 4:00 p.m. Tuesday
  • Braune Road between Hidden Valley Drive and Hillside Road, as of 3:45 p.m. Tuesday
‘Evacuate Immediately': Taylor County orders more evacuations as Mesquite Heat Fire burns for 2nd day

Road Closures:

  • Highway 277 at FM 1235, as of 5:15 p.m. Tuesday
  • Highway 277 at FM 89, as of 5:00 p.m. Tuesday
  • Braune Road, between Hidden Valley Drive and Hillside Road, as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday

Beltway Baptist Church South in Abilene is open and available as shelter for displaced fire victims. The American Red Cross is also set up at Betlway South.

This fire remains active as of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. KTAB/KRBC will update with additional evacuations and road closures as they are released by public officials.

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