Possum Kingdom Fires
April 19, 2011 by USA Post
High definition aerial views Chopper eight showed at least two buildings on fire, just south of the area of?? Hell’s Gate in Lake in Palo Pinto County and more were threatened.
Firefighters in Grapevine, Keller, Euless, Watauga and Colleyville were furiously spraying water on the vegetation around Rancho Hodge while the lining of the ranch house with flame retardant chemicals, like a wall of flames seized a crest.
Chainsaws were used to fell trees that are feeding the flames near Sportsman’s World, just south of the lake.
Firefighters and police officers have been going door to door in the area to ensure that all residents have been evacuated from the area of?? Imminent danger.
Not enough fire and not enough team to try to save all homes in the path of the advancing fire.
At the intersection of Highway 180 and Highway 16, a wildfire burned 180 and increased business on the floor.
We see great black storm clouds of smoke coming from the southeast corner of Possum Kingdom Lake, a few miles north of here.
Forest fires continue to burn, despite the valiant efforts of firefighters considered the fire Possum Kingdom being only 15 percent contained, with more than 62,000 acres burned.
The fire started in Stephens County last week and quickly spread east to Palo Pinto County. Fourteen hundred firefighters from 34 states have joined the battle, and that figure does not include local volunteers.
Texas Forest Service said the fires have destroyed more than 50 houses in the tourist area.
The fire near Possum Kingdom Lake seems to be everywhere at once, with a crew stunned reports 100 feet flames shot skyward.
To prevent the fire from spreading east grader opened fire along Higway 337 volunteers took position weary bones on the west side.
“That is up [Highway] 16, which jumped 180 … all the roads we have tried to stop in, is a leap,” said Greenwood Rural Volunteer Fire Department member John Burgoyne.
His work was Monday lighting backfires. “We are depriving the fire of fuel,” he said.
Burgoyne, 69, is a former IBM executive. He joined the rural Greenwood VFD after a neighbor’s house burned down in Parker County.
More than half a dozen volunteer fire departments battled the wildfire along Highway 337. Have been organized into a working state and ordered to stay for the next three days.
Assistant Fire Marshal Ronald Schultz Parker County has been a professional firefighter for over 30 years. He said he has never seen anything like this.
“It’s something I’ll never forget when you see these fires as far as you can see,” he said.
The flames have marched today to the east. Texas Forest Service said the fire has been elevated to a level disaster.
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