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Fire at Zavala Co. cotton gin culprit of smoky smell in Corpus Christi

from Oscar Rivera Facebook Page
Posted at 9:20 PM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-29 01:13:36-05

In case you've been wondering where the smoky smell originated on Tuesday, it's coming from Zavala county.

Where's that, you ask? Southwest of San Antonio.

A massive fire broke out at a cotton gin in the town of Batesville, near La Pryor. KRIS 6 News Meteorologist Dale Nelson said with winds blowing in from the northwest put Corpus Christi directly downwind of the fire -- even one burning almost 200 miles away.

It reportedly began at about 12:20 p.m. and is under control.

Highways 57 and 83 were closed, in areas, due to the fire. The La Pryor Volunteer Fire Department posted on its Facebook page late Tuesday that Hwy. 57 would remain closed Wednesday due to heavy smoke over the road.

The Uvalde Consolidated ISD also posted on its Facebook page that Batesville Elementary would be closed for a minimum of three days.

The Aransas County Sheriff's Office confirmed a controlled burn was in effect there Tuesday night, but Dale said the smoke from that fire would drift over the water, not into town. Controlled burns will also continue at the Padre Island National Seashore on Wednesday.