Thursday East Texas wildfire updates

Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 2:40pm

EAST TEXAS — Latest update from Texas Forest Service:

For a link to a map of the fires, click HERE.

For a link to a map of the smoke's movement, click HERE.

Note from fire marshal:

A large portion of East Texas in currently experiencing smoke coverage. This is due to high humidity and a lack of wind surrounding several East Texas forest fires, according to information from the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1- to report smoke in the air, emergency services are aware of the condition. It is imperative that 9-1-1 lines stay clear to report active emergencies.

East Texas Fire Updates:


A small fire developed on CR 320 in Anderson County, however, firefighters have already contained the fire and are letting it burn out.


UPDATE 1:26 p.m.: Highway 21 West is open to traffic.

UPDATE 11:40 a.m.: The Angeline River Bottom Fire is 100% contained on the Nacogdoches side. About 3,500 acres burned. Highway 21 and County Road 3 still closed.



UPDATE 4:13 p.m. There are fires burning in Carlisle: the fire on CR 4117 and CR 4114 has jumped the plow line, and there is also a fire burning on 95 south of CR 3145. Crews are on the scene. We will bring you more information as it becomes available.


UPDATE 12:05 p.m.: Fire on CR 4188 is 100% contained.


UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: The fire on 316D has rekindled. No evacuation are in place at this time.


UPDATE 11:20 a.m.: A new fire has developed on CR 4188. It is 50% contained and has burned 15-20 acres. No evacuations are in place.


UPDATE 10:52: All Rusk County fires are 100% contained. Evacuations for 316D have been lifted.


The Rusk County Sheriff's Department tells KETK, all fires in the county were 100% contained as of early Thursday morning. However, officials say they are getting reports of flare ups in some areas.

The only remaining evacuation order still in place is for CR 316D.

Everyone else who had been evacuated along County Roads 4117, 4114, 4110D, 4113, 4017, and 487 may return home.

The fire along CR 316D was last reported as 200 acres.

The Carlisle fire was last reported as 525 acres.


Update 11:20 a.m.: All fires in White Oak have been contained and all roads are open.


Gregg County Sheriff officials tell KETK, all fires in the county are 100% contained as of early Thursday morning. Firefighters are still out watching the fire, and putting out hot spots.

Everyone evacuated in Gregg County is allowed to return.

This includes:

Cole Bottom Fire along Hwy 135 near Gladewater, which reached at least 400 acres as of Wednesday night.

Moore Fire along Hwy 135 near Gladewater, which had reached at least 1300 acres as of Wednesday night, and had killed two people.

Update 11:20 a.m.: All fires in White Oak have been contained and all roads are open.


UPDATE 3:07 p.m.: The fire on CR 246, 240 in Jackson Heights has been contained. Three dozers from the Forestry Service and one private citizen have circled the site. No structures were lost and no major damage was reported. Crews remain on scene to monitor hot spots that are still flaring up.


All Smith County residents can return to their homes.

This includes people along County Roads 26, 233, and 240, along with those from the Jackson Heights area who had been evacuated over the past few days.


UPDATE 12:39 p.m.: The Mixon fire on Highway 135 is 100% contained.

UPDATE 12:23 p.m.: 85% of the Angelina River Bottom fire is contained on the Cherokee County side.

They expect to have it 100% contained by this afternoon.

All roads are now open and evacuees can return home.

7,000 acres have burned.

No houses have been destroyed.

UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: The Texas Forest Service says about 80% of the Angelina River Bottom Fire, on the Cherokee County side, is contained. They hope to have 100% containment by noon.

FM 343 is back open.

All evacuations have been lifted.

Highway 21 isn't open to through traffic, but is open to resident that live in the area.

Officials estimate 6,550 acres have burned.


Update 9:45 a.m. : FM 343 fire is NOT contained. FM 343 remains closed to traffic, the Upshaw community evacuation is still in place and the fire is now about 3 miles from Hwy. 21 with firefighters, the road and bridge department and the city trying to doze containment lines ahead of the fire.


According to Cherokee County Sheriff officials, the Angelina River Bottom fire is 80 % contained, and residents are being allowed to return to their houses.

Hwy. 21 between FM 225 (near Douglass) and Linwood remains closed unless you live in the area. The fire was reported as 6550 acres.


Latest report as of Thursday morning, the Bear Creek Fire is burning 25,000 acres and was 30% contained.



UPDATE 11:12 a.m.: No fires are currently burning in Upshur County. All roads are open.

UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: The fire on FM 726 and Highway 154 is 90% contained.

The Diana Fire is 50-60% contained. Officials estimate about 3,000 acres burned. No evacuations are in place. 3 houses and 5 sheds have been destroyed.

One person was injured fighting fires.



KKFXK will be updating this list throughout the day.


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