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Bear Creek fire update: Preparing for potential 'reburn'

CASS/MARION COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - The Bear Creek fire in East Texas has reached  41,169 acres in size, according to the latest estimates from the emergency operations command in charge of coordinating response to the blaze.  Now, with weather and a significant amount of 'unburned fuel,' there is potential for a reburn.

According to the Longview-Gregg County Emergency Operations Center, the fire remains 80 percent contained.  The fire was relatively inactive yesterday; however, there is still a large amount of unburned fuels within the fire's perimeter. 

With conditions and predicted weather, the fire has potential to move toward the communities of Prospect, Berea and Jefferson.  Two 20-person hand crews and two engines are assigned to the fire. 

A fire weather watch has been issued for the fire area today. The extremely hot and dry weather, coupled with predicted wind gusts, will create a favorable environment for active to extreme fire behavior. With the current long-term drought conditions, temperatures in the low 100s, relative humidity at 12-13 percent and southwest winds around 13 mph in the afternoon with potential gusts up to 23 mph, firefighters are preparing for the worst conditions today and potentially through the evening hours. Potential reburn for all of the fires within this complex is significant. With the predicted winds out of the southwest, the fires are expected to be most active on the northeast flanks of the fire.

"We ask that residents are extremely careful in the prevention of fires. Under these very extreme conditions, the smallest spark is likely to start a fire," said Texas Forest Service Regional Forester Lin Risner. 

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