Fire Stories

Fire stories from the national parks highlight events, incidents, and the like, associated with fire and fuels management, as well as fire education, technology, partnerships, and more. Stories highlight work related to Department of the Interior initiatives as well as local and regional initiatives.

Thick smoke rises from an area beyond a road.

Burnout in front of visitor center. NPS

Efficient Response to 6 Mile Fire

Padre Island National Seashore, Texas
Cohesive Strategy—Response to Wildfires*

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 short grass. 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

Fire map of 6 Mile Fire. NPS

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.

For more information on the fire management program at Padre Island National Seashore, visit their website.

Contact: Fulton Jeansonne, Fire Management Officer


Phone: (409) 951-6850

*This story supports the Department of the Interior initiatives.