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Smoke, ash hang over Angelina County from massive Polk/Trinity wildfire

Smoke, ash hang over Angelina County from massive Polk/Trinity wildfire
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Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 7:33pm

Angelina County is under no immediate danger from wildfires burning in Trinity, Polk and Jasper counties, according to Texas Forest Service officials.

The Texas Forest Service and numerous volunteer fire departments, including Hudson and Diboll, are out assisting on the Polk/Trinity fire being called the "Bearing Fire," said Karen Stafford, Regional Urban Wildland Interface Coordinator with the Texas Forest Service. Fires get their names typically from a community or street name, Stafford explained.

The Bearing Fire had burned 4,000 acres as of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, although it was first reported at 12:30 p.m. Friday as a two-acre wildfire. As of 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the fire was only 20 percent contained, compared to 80 percent contained Friday night, Stafford said.

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