Emergency Declared in Taylor County as Mesquite Heat Fire Grows

A disaster was declared and mandatory evacuation orders were put in place in Taylor County, Texas, as the Mesquite Heat fire grew on Wednesday, May 18.

Officials said the blaze reached 5,000 acres by Thursday, and was at just 5 percent containment.

Chad Robertson recorded this video, which shows the scene from Interstate 20 near Tye on Wednesday. Credit: Chad Robertson via Storyful

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