Unpredictable fire could be common in coming weeks
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY — Wednesday's fire activity was another exercise in the unpredictability of wildfire and the necessity for immediate response in extreme drought conditions.
What's become the norm in recent days could keep firefighters and support crews bouncing back and forth across the county fighting multiple daily fires for weeks to come.
Less than two hours after the Angelina River Bottom Fire was reported contained on Wednesday, it reared it's head again in two separate locations, including the original Lilbert site in Nacogdoches County and a newly ignited site off of state Hwy. 204 between Sacul and Reklaw in Cherokee County.
The River Bottom Fire that's consumed approximately 3,500 acres in Nacogdoches County and 1,000 in Cherokee County was considered contained by noon Wednesday on the Nacogdoches side of the river, although it continued to burn.
"There is still some fire, but it's contained," Nacogdoches County Judge Joe English said mid-day. "It's under control, although we do have some areas around the river that are still burning."
But it wasn't long until fire and law enforcement authorities had to shift resources to stage additional attacks, and English was on his way to the Southern Power's Nacogdoches Generating Facility near Sacul to alert them to the potential for fire danger.
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