South Rim Fire now up to 863 acres

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BIG BEND, Texas (Nexstar) – The South Rim Fire at Big Bend National Park has now burned for about five days.  

According to the Park, the fire has burned about 863 acres and has extended through much of the “sky island” of the Chisos Mountains.  

Additionally, the Park says about two-thirds of the fire has stagnated after reaching more rocky terrain and cliff edges.  

“It takes a team to fight a fire,” Deputy Superintendent David Elkowitz said in a release. “I can’t thank this team enough for the amazing efforts of our firefighters, partners, support personnel, and community members.” 

The cause of the fire remains unknown, although the park says it likely started near a popular backcountry campsite. 

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May 30 2021 11:45 am