East Texas Complex fire nearly contained

East Texas Complex fire nearly contained
Lufkin Daily News
Friday, June 24, 2011 - 9:03am

The Bearing Fire is 85 percent contained, and the Power Line Fire is 95 percent contained, according to the Texas Forest Service.

Uncontained fires from previous days (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):

BEARING, Polk and Trinity Counties. 22,222 acres, 85 percent contained. The fire is burning near Carmona. Two homes and six cabins were destroyed and dozens have been evacuated.

POWER LINE, Jasper County. 3,500 acres, 95 percent contained. The fire is burning just south of Lake Sam Rayburn Dam. Five hundred homes were threatened.

Current situation:

•Critical fire weather conditions expected today across portions of the West and Northwest branches and elevated fire conditions from the Big Country to the Edwards Plateau.
•Texas Forest Service responded to one new large fire yesterday in Wheeler County.
•Texas Forest Service currently is responding to 15 large fires that have burned 163,829 acres.
•The Hudson Complex (Sterling County, 1,700 acres) and the Faulkner Fire (Crockett County, 2,201 acres) were contained yesterday.
•228 of the 254 Texas counties are reporting burn bans.
•Detailed fire information can be found at inciweb.org.
•Questions about evacuations, burn bans and fireworks bans should be directed to the county judge, sheriff’s office or emergency management coordinator.

Since fire season started on Nov. 15, 2010, Texas Forest Service and area fire departments have responded to 12,779 fires that have burned 3,251,365 acres. These figures are updated every Monday and Friday.

New large fires from yesterday (more than 100 acres in timber, 300 acres in lighter fuels):

MILES, Wheeler County. 500 acres, 90 percent contained. Three houses were evacuated. This fire is burning approximately 4 miles east northeast of Wheeler, near the airport.

Read the full report from Lufkin Daily News and Texas Forest Service here.

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