Even with recent heavy rains, wild fires are still a very real danger in our area.
Numerous Volunteer Fire Departments and other entities were called out to County Road 826 in Evadale on the Jasper County and Orange County line on Monday. This is near the same location as recent fires in the area between Gist and Evadale.
Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said, "The road was closed at both the Highway 62 side in Gist and the FM 105 side in Evadale to allow for emergency response vehicles to operate. Deputy Sheriffs Cal Morgan and Lesley Wade did a great job responding and securing the roadway. The Texas Forest Service, Evadale Volunteer Fire Department, along with several Orange County fire departments responded quickly and worked to contain the fire. Buna, Kirbyville and Roganville Volunteer Fire Departments also responded to assist. Two state helicopter assets also helped with containment dropping water on the fire repeatedly".
As of 9 p.m. last night it was believed that approximately 80 acres were consumed, but no structures were in danger and the roadway has been opened.
The Texas Forest Service will be monitoring the fire scene through the night.
Judge Allen concluded by saying, "A special thanks to the fire departments, law enforcement agencies and emergency management personnel for responding from both Jasper and Orange Counties to quickly get this fire under control".