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Quick response from area fire fighters stops fast moving Rockland fire

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Quick response from a multitude of area fire fighters finally contained a fast moving wildfire Monday that promoted a temporary evacuation in the Rockland area. Despite the intensity of the blaze, no structures were lost. Tyler County Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Freeman said that the fire started Monday just southwest of Rockland off CR 3325. He explained that, because the wind changed direction, the fire was moving in a “C” shape, with two “fingers” on the left and right of the town. The hottest part of the fire was headed for the center of the community. “There was a massive response to the fire,” Freeman said, which included four or five helicopters, bulldozers and several Tyler County fire departments and state agencies. “Colmesneil, Woodville, Dam-B and Shady Grove fire departments all responded, with Colmesneil VFD on the scene first.” He added that the Tyler County Sheriff ’s department was also called in, and they started going house to house telling residents they needed to evacuate. The Texas Forest Service, Big Thick National Park, and U.S. Forest Service personnel were also at the location. One occupied home was threatened when flames circled the house. Fire fighters and bulldozers were able to prevent the fire from reaching the house. A second, unoccupied house on the property, was destroyed. Freeman said that 250 acres were ultimately burned before the fire was contained about 10 p.m. Monday night. “I drove through Rockland this morning (Tuesday) and it was raining heavily, which I’m sure extinguished anything left of the fire,” Freeman said.

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