East Texas Fire Evacuation Locations
POSTED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 12:39pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 5:58am
TYLER, TX (KETK) - — Jacksonville:
The First United Methodist Church in Jacksonville.
Church of Christ in Rusk.
Alto Community Fellowship.
FM 294 TO 322 - CR 122 TO THE ANDERSON COUNTY LINE.
Go to Dogwood Hill Baptist Church for shelter.
New London Community Center at 1513/42 intersection is open for evacuees from the fires in New London and Carlisle.
Gym 101 on 500 East Allison Avenue
The Red Cross
Bar None Cowboy Church located on Hwy 43, in Rusk County is now open to those who may have been misplaced due to fire.
Dogwood Hill Baptist Church on Hwy 79 E. FM 294 to 322
Maud Cobb Convention and Activity Center on 100 Grand Boulevard
Release from City of Longview 9/6
Fire danger continues to exist for the Longview and Gregg County area. City and County Officials are continuing to monitor the situation and are encouraging citizens to be aware of fire safety precautions.
Officials opened the Emergency Operations Center on Monday, September 5 at approximately 2:00 p.m. Maude Cobb Convention Center, 100 Grand Blvd., was opened yesterday to allow for sheltering of evacuees. Sheltering is also available for livestock and pets. Anyone needing shelter as a result of the recent wild fires can go to this location
All fires in Longview and Gregg County are partially contained. Officials are thankful for the work of our emergency responders. The winds are not as severe as yesterday; however, there is still fire danger.
Longview Fire has responded to 82 fires in the Gregg County area from Noon on Sunday, September 4, through 8 a.m. Tuesday, September 6. Only one structure was lost during that time in the city limits. The Longview Fire Department has had approximated 30 additional firefighters working each shift, has maintained five additional apparatus, and has also maintained full staffing at all Longview Fire Stations.
Currently, one of the primary concerns is air quality due to the smoke and other particles in the air. Individuals, especially those with respiratory issues, are encouraged to stay indoors.
According to Longview Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Curtis Shaw, “We are hopeful the wind conditions will stay low today as predicted. The lower wind conditions are favorable to the on-going firefighting operations.”
The Longview Fire Department has received numerous donations of water and food supplies. These items are being distributed to Longview Firefighters as well as other area agencies. However, the Longview Fire Department does not currently need additional donations at this time. To inquire about making donations, please call 903-237-1379.
According to Mayor Jay Dean, “Only qualified firefighters are needed to assist. We appreciate the desire of individuals to come volunteer, however it is not needed at this time.”
As fires blaze across East Texas, many families have been forced from their homes. But people with no other place to go are finding refuge at local locations.
Gladewater Evacution Refuges:
Antique Capital RV Park on 500 Loop 485
First Baptist Church on 300 West Upshur
Calvary Baptist Shurch on 3601 West Upshur
Diana Evacuation Refuges:
New Diana High School Gym on 11826 Texas 154
The Rock House
As wildfires threaten many areas of the state, the Texas Department of State Health Services urges Texans to make sure they have grab-and-go items gathered in case evacuation becomes necessary.
People should bring the essentials, including:
• Food and water
• First aid kit
• Phone chargers
• Hand sanitizer
• Extra clothes, shoes
• Pet supplies
• Prescriptions and backup medications
• Baby items
• Blankets, pillows
People should also gather important documents and other items, including:
• Photo IDs
• Social security cards, birth certificates or proof of citizenship
• Computer files (hard drives, CD, DVD, USB drive, etc.)
• Medical records, X-rays, benefits documents, etc.
• List of medications with dosages, doctors’ phone numbers
• Duplicate prescriptions from doctor
• List of important phone numbers (family, friends, etc.)
• Financial statements, insurance and property documents
• Copies of important keys
Stay with KETK for more fire and evacuation updates.
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