Update on East Texas Complex Fires: Update on Dyer Mills, Bearing, and Power Line Fires

You can now follow the Texas Forest Service’s Announcements regarding these fires on Twitter, and they have their own email address as well. See below:

June 22, 2011 –EAST TEXAS – The East Texas Complex now comprises three fires – Dyer Mills in Grimes County, Bearing in Trinity and Polk counties and Power Line in Jasper County.

The addition of the Dyer Mills Fire brings the total size of the burned areas within the complex to 28,722 acres. Combining the three fires allows key planning and operational personnel to direct resources using a coordinated approach. As things begin to wind down on the Power Line Fire, resources are being re-allocated to the Bearing and Dyer Mills fires.

Although thunderstorms moved over the fires yesterday evening and this morning reducing visible smoke, fire behavior is expected to increase after the storms pass. Crews are currently taking advantage of the reduction in activity to make a direct attack on the remaining sections of unsecured line. Smoke and flame will likely be visible as the weather dries out and warms up.

Several local fire departments have had volunteer firefighters working day and night in an effort to keep the flames away from homes and other valuable resources. The work of these local forces is the key to the containment currently in place. Volunteer fire personnel are now beginning to re-supply and prepare for future fire activity on the complex as well as any new fires that may start in the coming days and weeks.

Dyer Mills Fire:
5,280 acres
75 percent contained
32 homes lost
Mandatory evacuations in place
80 homes threatened

Bearing Fire:
20,222 acres
60 percent contained
Two homes and six camp structures lost
No evacuations

Power Line Fire:
3,500 Acres
Nearing 100 percent containment
No evacuations

The public is encouraged to use caution when traveling through the burn areas, as fire vehicles are out on the roads.

Follow the East Texas Complex on Twitter: @EastTxComplex

East Texas Fire Information
936-642-2163 ext. 237, etexascomplex@gmail.com

About M.J.Deare

I am a writer, actively researching topics of interest. I am also a graduate of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, with a degree in English, and have a master's degree from the University of Memphis. Born in New Orleans, I lived there until moving to northwest Arkansas and from there to Memphis, Tennessee. My husband and I currently reside in The Woodlands, Texas.
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