Groove Fire (Wildfire)


The Groove fire began on the afternoon of March 5, 2022 under dry and windy conditions in Duval County, west of Benavides near Hwy 16 and County Road 310. The fire spread quickly under windy conditions and very active fire behavior. Texas A&M Forest Service responded with dozers and engines with crews to support suppression efforts. TAMFS is in unified command with local resources. Aerial resources were also utilized with an Air Attack (AA) offering aerial surveillance and a Type 1 Helicopter performing water bucket drops. Numerous fire departments were also on scene with additional departments and agencies providing support to the incident. The coordinated effort of aerial and ground resources was effective and fire behavior diminished. Dozer work to construct and complete containment line along the fire perimeter while engine crews conduct patrol and mop up of the

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