Fire Shuts Down Gregg County Interstate - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

1/8/06-Longview

Fire Shuts Down Gregg County Interstate

A frightening scene to passing motorists on I-20 in Gregg County, as a wall of flames and billowing smoke bordered the roadway. Cars disappeared into a dark abyss. "It's been years probably back around '90 or '91, last time I've seen conditions this bad," said Gregg county fire marshal Chad Walls.

More than half a dozen fires had all available Gregg and Rusk County firefighters racing to stop the wind-blown blazes. "They've been working daylight to dark, and all night for the last two weeks. There's no end in sight for them," said Elderville Fire Chief Pat Owens.

But the biggest started at FM 2011 and rumbled all the way to the interstate. "We had to wait for the Forestry Service to get here they were fighting a fire in the Tatum area. They're just going from one fire to the next," Walls said.

Forestry Service, air units, multiple fire departments, even citizens were trying to douse blazes from north Longview to Tatum and stretching their resources to the limit.  "The maintenance on the equipment and the fuel cost is really draining their resources," said Owens.

Interstate 20 was shut down because of billowing smoke, with so much fuel to burn, firefighters could only contain it. Though the fires raged on, the firefighters achieved their objective protecting people and property. Forty acres were destroyed in the I-20 fire.

The blaze was finally controlled after more than seven hours of fighting. The Department of Public Safety will have road signs up on the interstate warning of any cautions or detours because of fire danger. Fires in north Longview, west of Tatum and the White Oak area accounted for another 100 acres torched today.

Bob Hallmark, reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

  • NewsMore>>

  • More frozen custard, juicy burgers coming to Tyler Monday

    More frozen custard, juicy burgers coming to Tyler Monday

    Sunday, July 22 2018 9:36 PM EDT2018-07-23 01:36:39 GMT
    (Source: Freddy's Frozen Custard on Facebook)(Source: Freddy's Frozen Custard on Facebook)

    In this hot, humid weather, there just can't be enough ways to cool off, and frozen custard is one of our favorite ways to do so. 

    More >>

    In this hot, humid weather, there just can't be enough ways to cool off, and frozen custard is one of our favorite ways to do so. 

    More >>
  • Separated sisters were reunited in Longview after more than 50 years

    Separated sisters were reunited in Longview after more than 50 years

    Sunday, July 22 2018 7:00 PM EDT2018-07-22 23:00:48 GMT
    An unforgettable East Texas reunion as two sisters see each other again after more than 50 years apart. Charlie Mae Johnson and Dorothy Mae Davis have not seen each other in 55 years until their family reunion at Longview's Stamper park over the weekend. "We've been separated a long time. I know we were supposed to be having a reunion but I didn't know we were going to have my sister and her family here," Charlie Mae says. Through family circumstances, they were separated...More >>
    An unforgettable East Texas reunion as two sisters see each other again after more than 50 years apart. Charlie Mae Johnson and Dorothy Mae Davis have not seen each other in 55 years until their family reunion at Longview's Stamper park over the weekend. "We've been separated a long time. I know we were supposed to be having a reunion but I didn't know we were going to have my sister and her family here," Charlie Mae says. Through family circumstances, they were separated...More >>
  • Texas African American Museum striving to preserve history

    Texas African American Museum striving to preserve history

    Saturday, July 21 2018 5:25 PM EDT2018-07-21 21:25:02 GMT
    Often times, African American history is only recognized during the month of February.  Founders of the Texas African American Museum felt their history slowly slipping away, now they are hoping to change that with the opening of the museum. "Some of the things I've seen in this little museum, I've not seen in history books, I've not seen online," visitor Cramoeya Cooper said. Though it may be small, the Texas African American Museum packs an exurbanite amount of inf...More >>
    Often times, African American history is only recognized during the month of February.  Founders of the Texas African American Museum felt their history slowly slipping away, now they are hoping to change that with the opening of the museum. "Some of the things I've seen in this little museum, I've not seen in history books, I've not seen online," visitor Cramoeya Cooper said. Though it may be small, the Texas African American Museum packs an exurbanite amount of inf...More >>
Powered by Frankly