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Fires controlled for now


LIVINGSTON — Massive wildfires in eastern Polk County that spread into Tyler County have put Texas Forest Service crews to the test and swamped volunteer fire departments trying to protect homes and businesses in their path. Ricky Holbrook, regional fire coordinator for the Texas Forest Service says law enforcement officials with his agency are investigating the cause of the Three Bridges fire that burned 66 acres Sunday and reignited Monday morning, scorching another 21 acre of pine plantation and threatening a natural gas plant and several oilfields in the area. TFS also responded to a 175-acre fire dubbed the Ed Dickens Road fire that was reported contained on Tuesday. That fire reignited from in an area that burned three weeks ago when lightning struck in the area. “Dead pine needless fell off into a smoldering stump hole and reignited,” Holbrook said. Livingston Fire Department responded to a fire at FM 2500 and FM 942 Monday that burned seven acres. That fire was started by a power fuse bank that sparked possibly from an electric overload,” LVFD chief Corky Cochran said. The Alabama-Coushatta Tribal Fire Department and forestry personnel as well as the Indian Springs VFD have assisted with the rash of fires in eastern Polk County in the last three days, Holbrook added. Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Overstreet even made an appeal during Tuesday’s court session for the public to assist small rural departments struggling to keep up with demand. “A case of water or a donation right now would be greatly appreciated. When the wildfire is at your doorstep, that’s who is going to protect you.” Overstreet said. “With all the budget cuts, only the strong departments are going to survive.”


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