Note: This item is more than six years old. Please take the publication date into consideration for any date references.

PrintPlain TextPermalink

News Release
Media Contact:
TPWD News,, 512-389-8030

April 1, 2011

Firefighters Contain Natural Gas Drilling Rig Fire at Village Creek State Park

No Injuries Known, State Park Remains Open, Fire In Remote Area

AUSTIN – A natural gas drilling rig caught fire a little before 1 p.m. today in the southeastern corner of Village Creek State Park in Hardin County near Lumberton. There are no known injuries, the state park remains open for business, and the fire is contained and under control, with experts coming to try to extinguish the burning rig.

No state park visitors or staff were affected by the incident, which is located in a remote area about 2.5 miles southeast of the park headquarters. All rig workers are safe and accounted for. There are no known injuries.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has a surface use agreement with the rig operator, Choice Exploration of Arlington, to allow them to drill in the state park. The company provided in kind services to TPWD as part of the agreement, including a survey of new property, fencing of the park’s southern boundary, and improved road access to park property. The drilling rig is located inside a parcel of about 1,400 acres of newly acquired property that was added to the state park last fall.

The burning rig created a small wildfire that has been extinguished, burning less than five acres of mostly brush and some recently replanted trees. The Texas Forest Service has bulldozed a firebreak around the rig to contain the fire and prevent it from spreading.

This afternoon, oil and gas fire fighting experts from Boots & Coots International Well Control, Inc. were being called in to control the fire.

The state park remains open to the public for business as usual, except that the park’s Water Oak Trail and associated Yaupon Loop Trail near the fire location are closed to the public until the fire is put out and the area is fully secured.

On the Net:

TH 2011-04-01

More Information:

Publication — Permission is granted to publish, in whole or in part, any news releases on this page.

Print — A print-friendly version of the news release shows only the release with font sizes set to the browser default.

Plain Text — Plain text versions of TPWD news releases are provided for copying and pasting into editing software.

To copy text into an editing software:

  • Click a Plain Text link to display the plain text page in your browser.
  • Select all.
  • Copy.
  • Paste in a document in your editing program.

Permalink — This is a direct link to the news release, omitting the navigation context from the URI.

English/Spanish — News releases posted in both English and Spanish have one of these links.

If you have any suggestions for improving these pages, send an e-mail to and mention Plain Text Pages.

(5.4.16 i)