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2011-08-11 / Front Page

More Than 230 Acres Burned

Lexington and other area firefighters were kept extremely busy last week fighting and containing two fires that burned approximately 230 acres in the north part of the county west of Tanglewood, starting at 2021 CR 419 near CR 320. They were called back to this fire five different times from Wednesday through Monday of this week.

On Wednesday, August 3, by about 4:30 p.m., seven fire departments and the Texas Forest Service responded to the first fire that burned approximately 200 acres.

Other fire departments that responded included Rockdale, Blue, Elgin, Thorndale and Alcoa volunteers. Bluebonnet Electric also had crews at the site. Over 30 firefighters helped to battle the blaze, some staying until 10:30 p.m., leaving the Forest Service to monitor hot spots all night.

On Friday, two fire departments and the Texas Forest Service were called to the same area to a fire that was believed to have been started by embers from the first fire when the winds picked up and jumped the dozer line made by the Texas Forest Service. This fire burned approximately 25 to 30 acres.


This is a shot of an extremely rare “Fire Tornado”, a rarely captured phenomenon in which a fire, under certain conditions goes vertical and forms a tornado-like column. PHOTO BY MICHAEL MILBURN. This is a shot of an extremely rare “Fire Tornado”, a rarely captured phenomenon in which a fire, under certain conditions goes vertical and forms a tornado-like column. PHOTO BY MICHAEL MILBURN. Lexington VFD had 17 firefighters at the Friday fire and Tanglewood had 8 firefighters at the scene. They were there fighting the fire from about 4:30 until 8 or 8:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, Lexington VFD was called out Friday morning, at 2 a.m. to CR F at CR 309 to help BlueVFDfighta2to3acrefire.Lexingtonsent9firefighterstothatfireandBluesentfour.

It is not known at this time the cause of the first fire. There were no structures or livestock lost in any of these fires. The known property owners of the Tanglewood fires included Doug Irby, Richard Crump, his brother Robert Crump, and K.J. Kline.


Thick smoke and fire all around can make it very difficult to see where you’re going. That’s what happened to LVFD last week when they were fighting the big fire in Tanglewood. PHOTO BY MICHAEL MILBURN. Thick smoke and fire all around can make it very difficult to see where you’re going. That’s what happened to LVFD last week when they were fighting the big fire in Tanglewood. PHOTO BY MICHAEL MILBURN. Volunteers working the fires included: From LVFD: Allen Retzlaff, Anthony Retzlaff, Michael Milburn, Derrick Shumpert, Don Milburn, Phillip Boettcher, Darrell Shed, Chris Billings, Ace Blankenburg, Monroe Schneider, Jarrett Ahrendt, Don Bayer, Kristi Simcik, Kevin Bayer, Johnny Kubicek, Tommy Hart, Mickey Milburn and Robert Brister.

From Tanglewood VFD: Guy Hall, Jr, Ronnie Woelful, Daniel Voiles, Guy Hall III, Kenny Martin, Rick Murphy, Steve Baklik and Katie Hall.

From Blue VFD: David Sherrill, Nolan Hutson, Craig Bayer and Todd Zoch.

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