(Val Verde County, Texas) --A wildfire in West Texas is now burning more than 23,000 acres -- and joining in the fight are two retired firefighters who now call Corpus Christi their home.
The3 Holcombe road Fire is burning on the border of Crockett and Val Verde counties near the Mexico border about 5 hours west of Corpus Christi.
Mike Hildabrandt and Andy Curnow have long since retired from the fire service but their duty to help is still alive and well. Hildabrandt spent over 20 years working in California with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and Curnow retired from a small town in Mississippi. Both now call Corpus Christi their home and when they saw the need for help go out on Twitter, they immediately jumped into action.
"Man, we usually stay off the radar these days," says Curnow. "But when I saw this on I called Mike and told him I felt that we need to go out there and try to offer a hand."
Curnow said that he follows the Texas A&M Forest Service closely on social media and saw that the fire was getting severely out of control. He then reached out to a local pastor in Val Verde County who told them that they just needed supplies and manpower. So, the pair of retired public servants loaded up and headed west.
"We have been here about 12 hours now and are helping with distribute food and supplies to the crews," said Hildabrandt. "We will be here as long as it takes and then we will head on home."
As of Sunday afternoon the Holcombe Road Fire was 45 percent contained and 26 fire departments are helping to get it under control.
The Holcombe Road fire began last Sunday and crews from around the state joined the fight on Tuesday.