Evacuations in Taylor County as Mesquite Heat Fire grows to 5,000 acres | KTAB


TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The Mesquite Heat Fire, which began Tuesday evening near Coronado’s Camp, grew to 5,000 acres in 24 hours. Here is a list of areas evacuated, as according to the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) Facebook updates.

As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, the TCSO said first responders are no longer in need of food or supplies at this time.


  • As of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday;
    • Town of Buffalo Gap
    • Country Place South to FM 89
    • Buffalo Gap West on Highway 277
    • South of FM 1235
    • Hillside Road
    • Denton Valley Road
    • Braune Road
    • CR 297
    • Anybody in vicinity of the fire
  • Town of Buffalo Gap, as of 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • East of Highway 277, from FM 1235 to Buffalo Gap, as of 6:00 p.m. Wednesday
  • East of Mesquite Heat Fire to Highway 277, from Braune Road to nearby rest area, as of 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
  • Braune Road, from Hidden Valley to Highway 277 and all of CR 297, as of 4:00 p.m. Wednesday
  • Braune Road between Hidden Valley Drive and Hillside Road, as of 3:45 p.m. Wednesday

Road Closures:

  • Highway 277 at FM 1235, as of 5:15 p.m. Wednesday
  • Highway 277 at FM 89, as of 5:00 p.m. Wednesday
  • Braune Road, between Hidden Valley Drive and Hillside Road, as of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday

Beltway Baptist Church South in Abilene is open and available as shelter for displaced fire victims. The American Red Cross is also set up at Beltway South.

Lawn Baptist Church is also available to evacuees, for food or housing.

For assistance with animals, contact the Taylor County Expo Center at (325) 795-6706.

Texas A&M Forest Service map of Mesquite Heat Fire

This fire remains active as of 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. KTAB/KRBC will update with additional evacuations and road closures as they are released by public officials.