Bear Creek fire threatening gas facility, chicken houses - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Bear Creek fire threatening gas facility, chicken houses

MARION/CASS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - On Tuesday, fire seemed to be everywhere, taxing firefighters to the limit. Wednesday, fires were spread out. The Forest service had more obstacles to overcome than just thick brush. Trains were running Wednesday.

"We got a little light wind this morning; we're able to get a handle on this. We lost a spot on the head last night. And, we think we have everything on the south side of 49 caught. Right now we're fixing to go work on the west flank of the fire and see if we can catch it," said Mark Elrod of the Forest Service.

Fortunately many homes were spared.

"A friend of ours, her house right down the road, her house was saved, three houses around it burned. So, we feel like God was with us yesterday," said Evelyn Vick.

Some were lost. Officials say at least six. Richard Hale teaches High School in Jefferson, and he lost his home to the fire. His mother came in from Louisiana to try to help.

Francis Hale said, "They were told to evacuate, and he did Monday, and he came back yesterday morning and left at noon, then in the afternoon he got a call that it was on fire."

Winds picked up in the afternoon fanning the fire, but wide plow lines kept the fire away from fields like this one. Even the hay bales were protected.

"I know that some of them may have gotten aggravated at some of them, but bless their hearts, they are pushed to the limit. Some of them haven't had any sleep since Sunday," Evelyn said.

Evacuations were spotty, like the fires themselves. According to the Forest Service, with the help of aerial support and determined ground crews, this fire will be put out.

The fire is also threatening a gas facility and chicken houses.

Linden-Kildare ISD has canceled classes, because of the fire threat.

Copyright 2011 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly