Diana fire threatens North Longview; Maude Cobb opened for evacuees

Diana fire threatens North Longview; Maude Cobb opened for evacuees
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Monday, September 5, 2011 - 2:56pm

Gregg County opened its Emergency Operations Center about 2:20 p.m., as authorities and firefighters work to keep a mammoth Upshur County wildfire from spreading south.

The city of Longview has opened Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center for evacuees from wildfires that Texas Forest Service spokesman Lee McNeely said burned 4,137 acres on Sunday.

County Judge Bill Stoudt said efforts are underway to set up a line through pasture and forest lands in southeastern Upshur County to try and stop an 800-acre fire from reaching suburban north Longview.

Stoudt said he is contacting the 14-county East Texas Council of Governments for any available assistance. If it declines, Stoudt said he would approach state and, if needed, federal leaders to get Gregg County and surrounding areas declared a disaster in need of emergency assistance.

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