Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

May 16, 2013

Good news from Frontier Unit lines


Mineral Wells Index

— By CHRIS AGEE



POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE – The cleanup process began Wednesday following a fire on the Peninsula at Possum Kingdom Lake that threatened more than 150 structures.

Known as the Frontier Unit Fire based on its origin near Frontier Unit and Riley roads, the first reports of the blaze came around 5 p.m. Monday.

By Tuesday afternoon, evacuated residents near the fire were still unable to return home. Initial GPS imaging of the fire yielded better-than-expected results, though, showing only about 40 acres were consumed by the blaze.

Firefighters from at least 13 state and local agencies responded and were able to effectively battle the blaze into Tuesday evening.

According to Nick Harrison of Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire was 80 percent contained late Tuesday night, noting that figure remained consistent as of Wednesday morning.

“It’s still holding at 44 acres,” he said.

Power had been restored to affected neighborhoods, he said, and residents were allowed to return home around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Local and TFS crews remained on the scene Wednesday to monitor the fire, Harrison added.

“Higher humidity, cooler weather will aid further containment of this fire,” he explained in an email update Wednesday. He added a chance of rain in the area could result in further meteorological assistance.

As of Wednesday, a cause of the fire had not been determined. Harrison said TFS law enforcement continues to work with Palo Pinto County Fire Marshall Buddy Harwell to establish a definite cause.