Texas Firefighters Battle Fire Near Dana Peak Park

Bell County Fire fighters fought flames near Dana Peak Park after a grass fire erupted outside the park, reports kcentv.com.

Officials say the fire was reported around 3:30 Monday morning. As of 7 a.m. the fire was estimated to have consumed 25-50 acres of federal park land near Stillhouse Hollow Lake. 

“It is very difficult to access the fire. A lot of tremendously rough terrain and so we’re just going to cut fire lanes around it and basically just let it burn itself out because there are no structures threatened,” said Jack Collier, Fire Chief for Harker Heights Fire Department.

Collier says Harker Heights, Killeen, Nolanville and Bell County agencies sent an estimated 40 firefighters to contain the fire. Texas A&M Forest Service brought in three bulldozers to assist. By noon, officials said the fire was controlled and contained but not extinguished. 

According to Collier, a lack of funding has kept the campgrounds at Dana Peak Park closed but boat ramps and trails are still accessible for fishermen, hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. While several homes surround the park, officials say they were not affected and no evacuations were necessary.

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