EXPLAINER: Why’s the growing blaze called ‘Coconut’ Fire?

A video from Baylor Co. Emergency Management and Sid Winn shows a fire tornado in the Coconut Fire on May 19, 2022.
Published: May. 19, 2022 at 6:18 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (KAUZ) - As the Coconut Fire in Wilbarger Co. continues to grow, so do questions on how and why it got its name.

Wildfires are typically named after a nearby landmark or road, according to the Texas A&M Fire Service. But when task forces are busy, they tend to make lists of certain topics and just pick the next name that comes up -- and this particular task force has been using food items for inspiration.

The fire had grown to an estimated 26,000 acres at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday, and was 45% contained. A video of a fire tornado was provided by Baylor Co. Emergency Management and Sid Winn showed just how large the fire had become since it began as a small grass blaze on Waggoner Ranch on Tuesday.

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