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'Borrega Fire' at King Ranch scorches 46,000 acres, 50% contained as of Thursday night

Voluntary evacuation orders have been given for Ricardo and Riviera.

KLEBERG COUNTY, Texas — Update: According to the Texas Wildfire Incident Response System, as of 9:41 p.m. the fire has been 50% contained. 

A large fire on King Ranch property continues to grow Thursday morning. 

The "Borrega Fire" has burned 46,000 acres and is 20% contained, according to the Texas Forest Service. That is down from 60,000 acres reported early Thursday morning. 

Borrega Fire Update March 31, 2022 9:50 am Currently the #BorregaFire is estimated at 60,000 acres with 20%...

Posted by Texas A&M Forest Service on Thursday, March 31, 2022

As of this morning there are a total of 42 state and federal personnel assigned, including 3 bulldozers, 16 fire engines and 8 aircraft supporting the incident, including an air attack platform and SEATs, the forest service said. Blackhawk helicopters have been ordered and are en route. Texas A&M Forest Service is working in conjunction with Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS), and local fire departments from the county. 

RELATED: Now is the time for residents to prepare in case Borrega Fire continues to spread toward Falfurrias, Brooks County officials said

Additional resources have been ordered and are on route including an additional TIFMAS strike team and additional aerial resources.

Kleberg County Judge Rudy Madrid has given voluntary evacuation orders for the small towns of Ricardo and Riviera.

"Please look out for your neighbors and contact the sheriff's department immediately for anyone you think is in need of assistance," Madrid said in a statement.  

Posted by Kingsville Police Department on Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Madrid said residents can call the county's human services center at 361-228-1892 if immediate assistance or shelter is needed. 

Several area fire crews are out battling the blaze Thursday morning, including the Texas Forestry Task Force and Kingsville, Ricardo and Riviera Fire Departments. The Naval Air Station is also providing support. 

Three fires continue to burn across South Texas. The largest is the Borrega Fire near Kingsville. Easterly wind will take the smoke off to the west. The breeze shifts through the day and picks up this evening.

Posted by Carly Smith WX on Thursday, March 31, 2022

State Highway 285 near Highway 77 is closed due to the fire.

Ricardo ISD said they will assist anyone who is affected by this fire. 

Posted by Ricardo ISD on Wednesday, March 30, 2022

No classes in the area have been cancelled, according to officials.

Large machinery is being used to try and stop the fire.  

The fire is about 4 miles south of Kingsville and began Wednesday afternoon. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. 

This photo from Jennifer Munoz was taken in Falfurrias, showing the west side of the Borrega Fire. 20,000 acres and 20% contained as of midnight. Incredible.

Posted by Alan Holt on Wednesday, March 30, 2022

This is a developing story. Stay with 3NEWS as we continue to cover this fire. 

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