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Saturday, June 18, 2011
Special update on the Bearing fire in TX
According to a TX PIO “Bad day in TX. Lots of new fires. air resources are getting very short. They need more type 2 tractor plows. Jim is catching hell on his fire. Around 4000 acres now. Lost some homes. 3 communities evacuated. This fire is just south of lufkin as seen on the map below, just one of several in the vacinity.
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.
"Once the winds picked up and the humidity dropped, the conditions were unfavorable. It was like we had everything working against us," she said.
Homes were being evacuated Saturday north of FM 2262 and in the Trevat and Sulphur communities
This fast moving fire is burning in multiple aged pine plantations. Hunting camps have been threatened and impacted.
Significant EventsResources redeployed from direct attack to defensive posture/structure protection.
Date of Origin Friday June 17th, 2011 approx. 12:38 PM