Wildland Fire: Response to 6 Mile Fire on Padre Island

Thick smoke rises from an area beyond a road.
Burnout in front of visitor center creates thick smoke.

The lightning-ignited 6 Mile fire was detected in Padre Island National Seashore on July 14, 2012. The fire was located south of the park headquarters, visitor center, recreational areas, and primary park improvements. Fuels consisted of coastal prairie shortgrass. Resources consisted of 26 total personnel made up engine staff from four engines and four overhead. Partners included Big Thicket National Preserve and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.

A map of Padre Island National Seashore shows the area burned by the 6 Mile Fire
A map of Padre Island National Seashore shows the area burned by the 6 Mile Fire.

Direct attack tactics were not successful due to fuel loading, so firefighters used burnout operations to help contain the fire. Fire managers worked effectively and efficiently to complete burnout operations on July 16. The fire was contained in just two days at approximately 12,998 acres. No structures were damaged or destroyed.

Visit their website for more information on the fire management program at Padre Island National Seashore.

Contact: Fulton Jeansonne, fire management officer
Email: e-mail us
Phone: (409) 951-6850

Last updated: January 27, 2017