June 10, 2012 – A wildfire started on Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) on Friday, June 8, 2012, at around 5:30pm. This fire started from a lightning strike in the marsh, due to the series of storms that passed through the area.

The wildfire has now been contained, however, isolated pockets of fuel are still burning. These pockets will be monitored throughout the day, but all of the roads are clear and everything on the Refuge is open to the public once again.

The wildfire ended up burning approximately 1200 acres on the Refuge and the little bit of smoke left is heading northeast. Crews have pulled back but are still monitoring the area to prevent any additional flare-ups that may occur.

Those visiting the Refuge are still advised to take extreme caution while traveling, especially in areas there is smoke, and also to be aware that there may be fire-fighting equipment that will be operating on the Refuge.

This has been the first out of the multiple expected wildfires on the Refuge, and Refuge staff is ready for an active fire season

For more information please contact Tami Schutter, (409) 284-3678.