Emergency manager calls in Task Force in “HOPS” fire outbreak

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By Anton Riecher
Firefighters contained an outbreak of wildfire stretching across 17 acres north of Hondo Wednesday afternoon, Medina County Emergency Management Coordinator Mark Chadwick reports.
The Texas A&M Forest Service deployed a task force from Uvalde to confront the conflagration officially dubbed the HOPS fire, he said. Meanwhile, the Hondo Volunteer Fire Department was on the scene off Private Road 233 with five personnel, two brush trucks and a fire tender.
The Medina County Sheriff’s Office also responded to provide assistance, Chadwick said.
“I was first on scene and advised MCSO dispatch that we had approximately 30 fires on the property,” Chadwick said. “I immediately…

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