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Segno fire burns 204 acres
BY VALERIE REDDELL
SEGNO —Fire roared through 204 acres in the Segno area before several dozer crews from the Texas Forest Service and 15 volunteer fire departments from Livingston and the surrounding area at 2:52 p.m. Sunday. Segno VFD was the first department called to the scene of the woods fire and the cause remains unknown, according to Melanie Spradling, public information officer for the Texas Forest Service. She said the fire was 100 percent contained Monday morning. Local fire departments sent 118 firefighters and 38 trucks and they were joined by EMS crews, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County Road and Bridge crews, Polk County Emergency Management, personnel from RMS timber company, Sam Houston Electric Cooperative linemen, and representatives from Energy Transfer Pipeline Company who had a pipeline near the fire zone. Livingston Fire Chief Corky Cochran said a barn and a mobile home which were not in use were destroyed in the initial onslaught of the fire. Firefighters believed they had contained the fire to less than 100 acres and had started to leave the area when the wind shifted and the blaze kicked up again. Law enforcement officers contacted residents of 10 to 15 homes in the area and made them aware of the situation to prepare them of the potential need to leave the area, but no mandatory evacuations were ordered. Cochran said he was not aware of whether any of those residents chose to leave the area voluntarily. During the night Sunday a second vacant mobile home was destroyed by fire, Cochran said. Local fire departments turned over the Segno fire scene to TFS crews at 8:22 p.m. Sunday night. Before Cochran could complete his detailed description of how LVFD and other battleed the Segno fire on Tuesday afternoon, LVFD was called to a series of six fires one right after the other in the Rocky Creek for a mutual aid call for Onalaska, then to Mangum Road, then to a barn fire on Barnum Road, on the way to a fourth call they stopped to put out a controlled burn in violation of the burn ban that had been issued by commissioners earlier Tuesday. Further details on additional fire calls were not available at press time.