Eldorado firefighters were pressed into service several times this week, when fires broke out on several ranches across the county.

The first and perhaps the most stubborn of the fires was located mainly on the Rocking R Ranch about 17 miles east of Eldorado. The fire began Thursday evening, June 18th and continued off and on until Sunday, June 21st.

Units of the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department responded to the blaze, along with the Fort McKavett Fire Department. Eldorado Fire Chief Joey Jones reports that the fire spread across “very rough and rocky ground.” Jones said he called in the Texas Forest Service for assistance, due primarily to the rugged terrain. In all, some 215 acres were involved.

Firefighters at the scene of the Rocking R fire say that it was likely caused by an electrical problem at a water well, or possibly a downed power line near the water well.
Lightning seemed to be the cause of a series of fires on Monday and Tuesday, including a small fire early Monday evening about 14 miles east of Eldorado on US 190.

Another fire broke out on the Paxton Ranch in northwest Schleicher County late Monday night. It took awhile for firefighters to reach that one, but they got it under control and returned to the Fire Hall by 4 a.m. on Tuesday.

A small fire was reported at the Mertz Ranch Headquarters on US 277 South on Tuesday morning. Then, shortly after lunch on Tuesday, fire crews were paged out again, this time to the Mertz 09 Ranch in western Schleicher County.

Late Tuesday afternoon, firefighters were called back to the Paxton Ranch were the fire was said to have rekindled and spread to a neighboring ranch. Units from the Ozona Fire Department assisted, along with the Texas Forest Service. By Wednesday morning the fire had burned nearly 600 acres but was said to be 90% contained.