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Tuesday's East Texas fire updates

Jeremy Richter

More than 30,000 acres burned across the region

Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 2:17pm

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.

Anderson - (FM 228) 800 acres, contained with hot spots being put out.

Anderson - (FM 321) 3700 acres, 3 homes were directly saved.

Anderson - Fire on 1219 is contained with hot spots.
Fire on FM 222 is contained.
Fires on FM 294 is burning but is contained.
On FM 294 most people have been allowed to go home. But might still have some being evacuated.

Cass County - Bear Creek fire covers 15,000 acres and stretches from Linden to Jefferson. not contained

Cass County- Hootsville Fire off of CR4448. 900 plus acres in Pine Plantation. Fire is contained.

Gladewater -The Highway 135 fire is still being worked, but no significant damage has been caused to nearby homes. The exact amount of the fire that has been contained is still unknown, but the flames are slowing down. Evacuees have not been let back into their homes.

Gregg County - White Oak Rd. fire, 300 acres. 0% contained.

Greg County - (Old Magnolia Fire, near Highway 80) 1000 acres, several structures and a gas plant threatened. 2 fuel tanks exploded. 80% contained.

Henderson County - A 2 mile long fire along Highway 31 between Athens and Murchison forced the road to be closed for a short time.

Nacogdoches County - There are some evacuations in the Upshaw Community in the northwest. Evacuees with small animals are encouraged to bring them to the city's animal shelter. Larger animals such as livestock should be taken to the Expo Center.

Highway 21 between FM 225 in Douglass and Linwood in Cherokee County is closed. The fire is expected to jump the road if it hasn't already. Traffic between Alto and Nacogdoches is asked to find an alternate route.

Rusk - (Overton area, near Hwy 42) 400 acres, no containment.

Rusk - (Kennedy Rd.) 150 acres, numerous homes threatened. 1 home has been lost. Unknown containment at this time.

Rusk - Fires on 272 in Carlisle (contained), FM 13 & Hwy 132 (caused Carlisle school evacuation), another at CR 4111, another at CR 163 off of 2012.

Rusk - Residents living on County Roads 4110D, 4113, and 487, of Price, must evacuate immediately.

Road closures: County Road 4110D, 4113, and 487 in Price. FM 850 1.5 miles West of Hwy 42, in New London.

Smith - (CR 3111) 1,300 acres, 90% contained. Two fatalities reported, 5 homes lost.

Smith - County Roads in the Jackson Heights area are now reopen following Monday night's evacuation on Highway 31 East. The fire will continue to burn in the Jackson Heights area for several days, but no structures are currently in danger. Volunteer Fire departments from around the county will continue to monitor hot spots in the area until the fire is fully contained. The cause of the fire was a bar-b-que pit that was not placed on the concrete. A family was cooking out, and the flames jumped out and onto the ground. The family barely got away with their lives. A total of 500 acres burned.

Smith - SMITH COUNTY — A total of 20 acres has burned near Kiepersol Estates. So far, 9 people have been evacuated from CR 119. Kiepersol has not been affected, just homes nearby. Firefighters are maintaining the blaze now, but the wind is constantly changing directions. One structure has been lost to the rekindled fire.

Upshur - (Diana) The fire is on Lilac Road on both sides of Little Cyprus Creek on 726, 2500 acres, the fire is spreading again after reaching 70% containment, 20 homes threatened, 2 unoccupied structures have been destroyed. The fire was caused by a down power line.

Upshur - (Clemanis) - 500 acres, 90% contained. 20 homes saved.

Upsher- Toad Rd. Fire. 350 plus Acres off of Llama Rd. and Lizard Rd and has spread across CR 2454. Three homes were lost and a dozen remains threatened. The fire is not contained.

Von View Ranch fire - 350 acres, 80% contained. 20 homes saved.

Gregg County- (Old Magnolia Fire) 500 acres, several structures and a gas plant threatened. 2 fuel tanks exploded.

Gregg County (Cole Bottom) - Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation for residents of Swamp City Road on either side of Hwy 135 and over to FM 2207.


Here are the latest updates from the Texas Forest Service on the area wildfires. Some have been burning since Sunday.



Fire Name: Moore
County: Smith
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 1300
Percent Contained: 90%

**UPDATE: As of early Tuesday morning, Smith County firefighters said they were still battling this fire. They expect it to be burning for a few days.

Fire Name: Henderson-487
County: Smith
Start Date: 09/02/2011
Acres: 10
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire Name: Henderson-497
County: Smith
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 20
Percent Contained: 0%


Fire Name: White Oak Rd
County: Gregg
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 300
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire Name: Old Magnolia Complex
County: Gregg
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 1000
Percent Contained: 0%

**UPDATE: Officials with White Oak Fire Department tell KETK, they are still out this morning on the Magnolia Complex fire, but they have a pretty good handle on it as of 7:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. They had to extinguish three vehicles that had caught fire at an auto body shop located on the 2300 block of Mary Lawson Rd. early Tuesday Morning.

Cole Bottom Road Fire:

**UPDATE: Gregg County Fire officials tell KETK, the Cole Bottom fire burning south of Gladewater near 135 is still burning. Officials were able to protect all the homes in the area, but the fire did cross 2207. Officials say that when the wind died down overnight, and humidity increased, the fire slowed down and they are hoping to be able to get in front of it this morning and contain it. There were several evacuations put into affect in this area, and they continued through the night. As of 8:00 a.m. Tuesday morning, these people have not been allowed to return to their homes.


Fire Name: Kennedy Rd
County: Rusk
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 150
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire Name: Henderson-494
County: Rusk
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 144
Percent Contained: 70%

Fire Name: Henderson-474
County: Rusk
Start Date: 08/30/2011
Acres: 800
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire Name: Henderson-505
County: Rusk
Start Date: 09/05/2011
Acres: 400
Percent Contained: 0%


Fire Name: Diana
County: Upshur
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 2500
Percent Contained: 0%

***UPDATE: According to fire officials, the Diana fire is now 85% contained, firefighters are heading back on the scene today to deal with hot spots and residents are allowed to go back home.


Fire Name: Henderson-495
County: Anderson
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 5000
Percent Contained: 0%

Fire Name: Henderson-457
County: Anderson
Start Date: 08/26/2011
Acres: 73
Percent Contained: 90%


Fire Name: Bonbiew Ranch
County: Van Zandt
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 350
Percent Contained: 80%


Fire Name: Henderson-502
County: Nacogdoches
Start Date: 09/04/2011
Acres: 2900
Percent Contained: 0%


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