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April, 2011

Current statewide wildfire situation

April 30th, 2011

Texas Forest Service

Current Wildfire Status – April 30, 2011 (10 a. m. update)

Recent Response: • Texas Forest Service responded to six major fires on Friday.
• We’re currently working on 16 major fires that span 676,855 acres
• 211 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans. Map attached.

New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres …

Rock House fire update: Saturday, April 30

April 29th, 2011

From the Texas Forest Service and Southern Area Incident Command Red Team:

Yesterday, strong southwest winds and only 3 percent humidity caused the fire to spread to the north and northwest.  The fire burned 300 acres beyond the containment line in Selman Canyon near the JN Ranch.

Crews, engines and helicopters were quickly dispatched to that area …

Businessman never forgot his Presidio roots

Businessman never forgot his Presidio roots

April 29th, 2011

William ‘Will’ Soza may have climbed to the pinnacle of Latino business success but he never forgot his roots.

The retired businessman and philanthropist died Friday, April 22, 2011 at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. He was 75.

Will was born April 14, 1936 in Presidio to Manuel and Rebecca Soza. And for the past 11 years, …

SBA opens disaster loan office in Fort Davis

April 28th, 2011

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Texas residents and business owners affected by the Rock House Wildfire that began on April 9, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced today.

SBA acted under its own authority to declare Jeff Davis County a disaster in response to an April …

Prada Marfa tagged again

Prada Marfa tagged again

April 28th, 2011

VALENTINE, MARFA – Someone tagged the Prada Marfa store in Valentine over the weekend, reports Site Representative Boyd Elder who made this video.

It happened late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The latest graffiti includes little hearts and stars, happy face/people balloons, the greeting ‘hi’ ‘love’ and is signed ‘AZC 2011.’

Since the art installation was …

The Rock House fire: how to help

April 28th, 2011

• Send monetary donations to the Jeff Davis County Relief Fund, P.O. Box 1809, Fort Davis, TX 79734. Write the fund’s account number on the check: 321028 or donations may be sent online to, which is facilitated by Fort Davis State Bank.

If you’d like your donation to go to re-building fences, note that on …

Madera Canyon Trail closed until further notice

April 28th, 2011

FORT DAVIS – Effective immediately, The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve Madera Canyon Trail is closed until further notice due to fire activity in the area.  This is the trail that is normally open to the public on a daily basis with trail head at the east end of the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area.  …

Museum, Sully rally for Fort Davis fire victims

April 28th, 2011

ALPINE – Proceeds from selected items purchased from the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University will be donated to the Jeff Davis County Relief Fund, benefitting families who lost their homes in the recent wildfires.

Proceeds from sales of three limited edition archival prints by noted photographer Jim Bones and two pieces …

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