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Texas wildfire looks like Dinosaur State Park dino trail, less than a mile apart

On Thursday, the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Information page shared a tweet about the Chalk Mountain Fire, stating that the shape of the fire, when viewed from above, “closely resembles dinosaur tracks in nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park,” adding that some would call it a “strange coincidence.”

In a Facebook post on the traces of forest fires and similarly shaped dinosaursTexas A&M Forest Service said “several residents of Glen Rose and surrounding communities have reported to firefighters the similarity between the perimeter of the fire and the three-toed (theropod) tracks that Acrocanthosaura dinosaurs left in the mud 113 years ago. million years”.

The state park is less than half a mile east of the Chalk Mountain Fire, the post said, adding that the fire started on July 18 and was pushed north. /northeast with high winds and at one point “even threatened the state park itself”. “

Wind direction is important to note in this context, as the post explains, wind direction, terrain, and the types of plant fuels available to the fire “usually” determine its shape.


Regarding the trident-like shape, the Texas A&M Forest Service said the Chalk Mountain Fire had spread from its “origin in a roughly northerly direction, with three wind-driven passes in separate directions.

“Firefighters typically refer to the starting point of a fire as its heel and the front of the fire as its head,” read part of the post. “If the head runs in more than one direction, each run is called a finger. Due to the dinosaur footprints the area is known for, fire officials have referred to the three fingers of this fire as the right, middle, and toes. left. “

Beyond the “disastrous impact” the fire had on area homeowners and ranchers, the Texas A&M Forest Service said area residents will likely remember the specific blaze for years to come. due to aesthetic similarities between the shape of the fire and the nearby dinosaur track.

From Thursday afternoon, the Texas A&M Forest Service Incident Viewer lists the Chalk Mountain Fire as active at 53% contained with a size encompassing 6,746 acres.

In a entry on Acrocanthosaurus, the British Natural History Museum states that the dinosaur lived in the early Cretaceous between 115 and 105 million years ago and was found in Canada and the United States, noting that the large theropod was 12 meters long and had a carnivorous diet. Its name translates to “high-spined lizard”, according to the entry.