West Texas Fire Knocks Out Marfa Public Radio
A fire in the Fort Davis area was responsible for knocking out nearby Marfa Public Radio’s signal this weekend. The fire burned the power lines that feed the station's mountaintop transmitter. KUT's digital technology manager, Jim Reese, was flown over to help. He said Marfa Public Radio went back on the air around 6 p.m. Sunday. "Marfa Public Radio is the only station [there] that has wide area coverage, so there were no media outlets at all functioning for about 24 hours," said Reese.
Wildfires Rage Across Texas
Hot, dry and windy conditions kept firefighters across many parts of the state busy this weekend. 26 Central Texas firefighters deployed to West Texas Sunday to help battle the wildfires in that region. One team was sent to Fort Davis. The Texas Forest Service told KUT resources were also sent in from 25 states.