2015-10-15 / Front Page

Smithville Fires No Threat to Lee County Yet

County Judge and Emergency Management give update

Lee County Judge Paul Fischer held a press conference this morning at the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, addressing the citizens of Lee County regarding the fire in Bastrop County. He spoke to reassure all the citizens that Lee County Officials are monitoring the fire and are in constant contact with the people overseeing the operations in Bastrop County, helping to make sure that Lee County citizens are safe and out of harm’s way.

Speaking after Judge Fischer was Lexi Maxwell, with the Texas A & M Forest Service. Lexi used a map of Lee County to indicate the current proximity of the fire that is just north of Smithville. She said, “The fire has not been a direct threat to Lee County yet, but with the winds today expected to take a southwesterly turn, we are anticipating that the fire may travel toward south Lee County.”

She went on to say, “At this point, the fire is estimated to be 6.5 miles away from the Lee County line, but one of the assets we have working in our favor is that some of the aviation aerial resources have been staged at the Giddings Airport. We have four SEATS, or single engine air tankers, that are dropping retardant on this fire. So we’ve got that state asset located here in Lee County. The fire is a concern, but it is not an immediate concern at this time.”

Delynn Petschke with the Lee County Office of Emergency Mangement said, “All fire departments in Lee County are on standby. We encourage everyone to make sure you have signed up for the County Reverse 911 notification system so that in times of emergency, the County can contact you, either by landline or by cell phone, to give you updates on the situation. You can sign up for that service by following a link on the Lee County Office of Emergency Management Facebook page.”

Sheriff Rodney Meyer wrapped up the meeting saying, “First, I want to urge our citizens to stay away from the fire area if at all possible.  That way, emergency personnel can work more efficiently and with less interruptions. Also, since there has been, and probably will be more smoke coming our way from the fires, I want to encourage everyone with respiratory problems to stay indoors. If you are out driving at night when the smoke is heavy, drive as though you are driving in fog, using your low beams to help illuminate the dark road in front of you. We will keep you posted of any sudden change of events.”Delynn Petschke, Lexi Maxwell, Judge Paul Fischer and Sheriff Rodney MeyerDelynn Petschke, Lexi Maxwell, Judge Paul Fischer and Sheriff Rodney Meyer

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