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LVFD, TFS battle woods fire Monday



LIVINGSTON — Reports of smoke in a wooded area in a remote area behind the old Livingston High School campus, Livingston Volunteer Fire Department was able to track the fire to a distribution feeder power line right-of-way located on property owned by Polk County Enterprise Publisher Alvin Holley at 3:42 p.m. Monday. The nine LVFD firefighters were joined by crews from the Texas Forest Service and North Dakota Forest Service. The NDFS crews have been deployed to Texas to assist with this year’s record fire season. The fire was contained to a 1.43 acre area, according to TFS Regional Fire Coordinator Ricky Holbrook. Damage was limited to understory in the wooded area and a deer feeder in the tract located between the old school campus and Morrison Drive. LVFD Chief Corky Cochran said he believes the fire began when a limb fell across large powerlines in the right-of-way. Texas Forest Service crews responded to eight new fires around the state Monday that involved 3,076 acres. In the past seven days, 81 fires have burned 14,232 acres. The Bastrop Complex fire was reported as 98 percent contained and crews are continuing to mop up and protect homes within the perimeter. As assessment team has confirmed that 1,554 homes have been destroyed on the large Bastrop fire and the Union Chapel fire. Two civilians were found dead when affected subdvisions were searched. A significant low pressure aloft to the northeast will continue northwest flow and help track weather disturbances through the area helping to influence the weather the next couple of days, according to TFS weather forecasters. Near the surface, a stationary front oriented west to east across Branch III of the Henderson dispatch will help focus shower and thunderstorm activity early Tuesday across Branch II and Branch III as a weak upper level disturbance moves eastward. Minimum relative humidity for Tuesday will be higher in the Henderson dispatch area (up 5 to 10 percent) especially if precipitation falls along the front. Another disturbance in the northwest flow late Tuesday will bring another chance for showers starting north and moving south through the region as northerly surface winds push into the Linden dispatch area. Toward the end of the week it looks drier and cooler with no significant events expected


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