8 Sep 2011
UPDATED - 15:30 --- 9-8-11
!!! Evacuations ordered in several E. Texas communities !!!
Thursday East Texas wildfire updates
UPDATED: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 11:28am
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.
East Texas Fire Updates:
UPDATE 11:20: A new fire has developed on CR 4188. It is 50% contained and has burned 15-20 acres. No evacuations are in place.
UPDATE 10:52: All Rusk County fires are 100% contained. Evacuations for 316D have been lifted.
The Rusk County Sheriff's Department tells KETK, all fires in the county were 100% contained as of early Thursday morning. However, officials say they are getting reports of flare ups in some areas.
The only remaining evacuation order still in place is for CR 316D.
Everyone else who had been evacuated along County Roads 4117, 4114, 4110D, 4113, 4017, and 487 may return home.
The fire along CR 316D was last reported as 200 acres.
The Carlisle fire was last reported as 525 acres.
Gregg County Sheriff officials tell KETK, all fires in the county are 100% contained as of early Thursday morning. Firefighters are still out watching the fire, and putting out hot spots.
Everyone evacuated in Gregg County is allowed to return.
Cole Bottom Fire along Hwy 135 near Gladewater, which reached at least 400 acres as of Wednesday night.
Moore Fire along Hwy 135 near Gladewater, which had reached at least 1300 acres as of Wednesday night, and had killed two people.
Update 11:20: All fires in White Oak have been contained and all roads are open.
All Smith County residents can return to their homes.
This includes people along County Roads 26, 233, and 240, along with those from the Jackson Heights area who had been evacuated over the past few days.
UPDATE 10:40 a.m.: The Texas Forest Service says about 80% of the Angelina River Bottom Fire, on the Cherokee County side, is contained. They hope to have 100% containment by noon.
FM 343 is back open.
All evacuations have been lifted.
Highway 21 isn't open to through traffic, but is open to resident that live in the area.
Officials estimate 6,550 acres have burned.
Update 9:45 a.m. : FM 343 fire is NOT contained. FM 343 remains closed to traffic, the Upshaw community evacuation is still in place and the fire is now about 3 miles from Hwy. 21 with firefighters, the road and bridge department and the city trying to doze containment lines ahead of the fire.
According to Cherokee County Sheriff officials, the Angelina River Bottom fire is 80 % contained, and residents are being allowed to return to their houses.
Hwy. 21 between FM 225 (near Douglass) and Linwood remains closed unless you live in the area. The fire was reported as 6550 acres.
Latest report as of Thursday morning, the Bear Creek Fire is burning 25,000 acres and was 30% contained.
UPDATE 11:12 a.m.: No fires are currently burning in Upshur County. All roads are open.
UPDATE 11:05 a.m.: The fire on FM 726 and Highway 154 is 90% contained.
The Diana Fire is 50-60% contained. Officials estimate about 3,000 acres burned. No evacuations are in place. 3 houses and 5 sheds have been destroyed.
One person was injured fighting fires.
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