Firefighters Working to Contain Large Forest Fire; 100% Contained (Updated)

Update: The Forest Service reported at 9:47am Wednesday, July 20, 2022, the forest fire on CR 1022 is fully contained. The size of the fire was increased to 70 acres.

Update: The Forest Service reported at 9:55pm the 65-acre wild fire is 80% contained.

July 19, 2022 - The Texas A&M Forest Service along with the Center Fire Department and the Huxley Volunteer Fire Department are working to contain a 65-acre forest fire in the area of CR 1022 in the southern part of Shelby County. Several residents in the area have been evacuated as a precaution.

Center FD was paged out to a grass fire at 4:45pm to 321 CR 1022. Shortly after arriving on scene the fire quickly spread across the roadway, CR 1022, to be burning on both sides. Assistance was requested from the Forest Service who arrived to assess the situation and estimated 25 acres to be involved.

The Texas Forest Service has two bull dozers on the ground working and as of 7:30pm a U.S. Forest Service bull dozer has arrived to assist. The Forest Service also has a plane flying the area evaluating the fire. The Center FD and Huxley VFD are on scene near homes in the area to provide protection. The Shelby County Sheriff’s Department is assisting with road blocks in the area which has been closed off to traffic.

The latest update at 7:40pm estimates the fire to be 65 acres and is currently 20% contained. Current wind speed is blowing south 12 mph according to the Center Municipal Airport (KF17). The temperature is 99 degrees.