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Press conference: Gregg County wildfires partially contained, danger still exists

Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 12:59pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 1:33pm

Residents across East Texas have banded together to donate time and resources to fight thousands of acres of wildfires that flared up during the weekend.

Hundreds of firefighters from Longview, Sabine, Quitman, Holly Lake, Edgewood, Hawkins, Haynesville, Canton and Wills Point have worked to contain fires across Gregg County that burned about 2,000 acres. Longview firefighters have also provided mutual assistance to several area fire departments.

Among fires in East Texas, crews are working to contain the Bear Creek fire in Cass County, which had burned about 14,000 acres by Tuesday morning. Also, crews continued to be on the scene at fires in Diana, south White Oak, north of Longview, near New London, Kilgore, Tatum, Waskom and points in between.

Longview Fire Department spokesman Curtis Shaw said there was still a "dangerous situation in Gladewater and White Oak."

In a Tuesday morning press conference, City of Longview Mayor Jay Dean said residents have been generous and have donated everything from water to bulldozers to assist in extinguishing fires in Gregg County.

"This is an unprecedented time for Gregg County, and in the 30 years that I've been in East Texas, I've never seen anything like this," Dean said.

While mandatory evacuations were ordered in Rusk County roads 476, 477 and 475, Dean said there were no mandatory evacuations in place in Gregg County Tuesday morning.

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