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May 15, 2013

Fires erupt at PK, again

Firefighters once again battling PK area blazes

By CHRIS AGEE

Residents in a number of homes on the Peninsula at Possum Kingdom Lake were evacuated Monday after a fire erupted near Frontier Unit and Riley roads.

“Frontier Unit Road and all of that back in there, and Burma Road Complex are all evacuated,” said Palo Pinto County Emergency Management Public Information Officer Mark Engebretson. He added some Golden Cove residents were also asked to leave.

The blaze had burned about 44 acres as of Tuesday afternoon, according to an estimate by Texas Forest Service. The fire was reported to be about 70 percent contained.

Nick Harrison of the TFS said Tuesday afternoon no homes had been lost, though residents of the area were still being prohibited from returning.

County Judge David Nicklas was on the scene Tuesday morning and said he was pleasantly surprised at the relatively small size of the fire.

“Realistically, we are in much better shape than we thought,” he said. “It looked much larger.”

County Judge David Nicklas was on the scene Tuesday morning and said he was pleasantly surprised at the relatively small size of the fire.

“Realistically, we are in much better shape than we thought,” he said. “It looked much larger.”

Though rugged terrain inhibited the ability of first responders to get into the blaze, Nicklas said other factors helped the effort.

“Relative humidity is working in our favor today, so that’s a good thing,” he said. “It’s a long, narrow fire, which works in our favor.”

One danger in corralling the fire remained a persistent threat throughout the day, though.

“Wind is obviously an issue; other than the relative humidity, the most important issue we have right now,” he said.

“It was pretty gnarly [Monday] night,” said Lone Camp Volunteer Fire Chief Charlie Sims. As of Tuesday morning, he added, “so far we’ve held it down.”

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