Fire crews will return to Mertz Ranch in Irion County tomorrow morning. FM 853 re-opened.


San Angelo – Update at 9:30 p.m. – Mertz Ranch wildfire has burned about 700 acres and is 90 percent contained.

FM 853 has re-opened.

The Texas Forest Service and area volunteer firefighters responded to a wildfire on the Mertz ranch west of San Angelo in Irion County at little after two this afternoon.

Fire lines have been completed around the fire — crews will return to finish tomorrow morning.

A Texas Forest Service spokesman says the fire was caused by welding.

FM 853 has re-opened for traffic after being temporarily closed.

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