Kingsville emergency crews responded to a wildfire at King Ranch on Thursday afternoon.
Volunteer fire crews responded to the Sage Road blaze around 1:30 p.m., a department spokesperson said.
The King Ranch, which covers approximately 825,000 acres, is considered the largest ranch in Texas. It is mostly a cattle ranch.
In a statement, King Ranch Inc. said staff were working with state and local agencies to contain the fire north of Kingsville.
“The fire started this afternoon off the ranch property and spread to the ranch,” the statement said. “We are asking the public to avoid the area to allow firefighters to do their job.”
According to the Texas Wildfire Incident Response System, the blaze spread to about 200 acres Thursday night and was about 50 percent contained. We don’t know yet how it started.
Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid said the fire covered about 350 acres as of 6 p.m. Thursday. Although the fire is not under control, Madrid said conditions appear to be favourable.
The Texas Emergency Management Department sent a task force from Beeville to assist with the wildfire. Tankers will help get ahead of the blaze before it spreads too far, Madrid said.
The blaze is located just outside the town of Kingsville, but Madrid said there is currently no threat as the wind is blowing away from the town. Kingsville Fire Units are monitoring the fire for any progress into town.
Fire Chief Rick Salinas said crews are currently trying to control the blaze and get ahead of it.
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