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LVFD, TFS battle woods fire Tuesday
Polk County Enterprise
LIVINGSTON — An escaped debris fire on Plantation Drive required 12 Livingston firefighters and crews from the Texas Forest Service to extinquish Tuesday afternoon. After the bitterly cold winter, area residents are eager to tackle outdoor cleanup projects and put in gardens. Many residents are attempting to burn vegetative debris, but the dead, brittle leaves and branches burn quickly, according to Fire Chief Corky Cochran. Tuesday’s incident shows just how quickly those trash fires can become a problem. LVFD was called to 1550 Plantation Drive at 2:35 p.m. Tuesday because the trash fire intentionally set had spread and was threatening houses on adjacent property. Twelve men and three fire trucks responded and summoned dozer crews from the Texas Fire Service to plow a fire break around the site. It took the crews an hour to get the fire out, LVFD reports show. The dry grass, weeds and leaves provide plenty of fuel for a fire and muddy conditions make it more difficult for firefighters to reach, so Cochran is asking residents to be extremely cautious with outdoor burning. No outdoor fires of any kind are permitted within the Livingston city limits. Firefighters again were called out to a woods fire at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the end of old Israel Road. They battled three simultaneous brush fires Saturday on Jones Road in Seven Oaks, Pridgen Road and FM 942 beyond Galloway Road. LVFD called out additional brush trucks from the Alabama Coushatta VFD to help battle those blazes. Before beginning a controlled burn, please check the fire department for your area. They can provide advice about burning safely as well as avoid an unnecessary emergency response if the fire is reported by someone else.