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Wildfire Update September 11, 2023

Jasper County Judge Mark Allen said at 1 p.m. Monday, "The fire that started (September 10th) on County Road 826 in Evadale consumed approximately 600 acres and is about 50 percent contained. However, we just received word that the Evadale side of the fire, which traveled into Orange County has rekindled and currently, Evadale and Buna Volunteer Fire Departments are responding back down to that area, which is off of FM 105 near the Jasper and Orange County line. Although the Jasper County side was predominately pine plantation areas, Orange County had to evacuate a large number of their citizens near Texla Road and a county road running off of it due to the fire threat".

Allen said that the responding agencies last night were Jasper County Office of Emergency Management, Buna VFD, Evadale VFD, Texas Forest Service, US Bureau of Land Management, and multiple agencies from the Sabine-Neches Chief's Association, which encompasses all of the fire departments in Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange Counties.

Air assets were utilized by the State of Texas and Texas Department of Emergency Management and they worked to contain the fire yesterday evening until sundown. They were back today working to help contain the fire.

Kirbyville VFD responded to assist Buna and Evadale on a fire located at 711 Cr 734 in Buna at 1:46 p.m. today. Kirbyville VFD was also called out today at 3:25 p.m. to the location of Cr 459 in Kirbyville where a grass fire had started yesterday but rekindled. Dispatch said that the caller said that the 'fire was spreading rapidly and getting into the trees'.

We have had a bit of rain in the past week, but it is not nearly enough to call off the burn ban. In short, don't burn anything outside or you will risk the penalties of doing so.


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