County has plan for fighting flames

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It's what the Texas Forest Service refers to as "Texans helping Texans." On Monday, Angelina County was the 6th county in Texas to sign into action a "Community Wildfire Protection Plan." The plan will significantly help the nine volunteer firefighter departments in Angelina County.

Diboll volunteer firefighter Jeff Glass has been in the line of fire for 11 years. "Sometimes it gets pretty hectic out there," said Glass.

Glass hopes the wildfire protection plan will calm some of the chaos.

"It helps the local people be aware of the fuels and of the dangers," said Tom Boggus, Texas Forest Service Interim Director. "It's Texans taking care of Texans."

Boggus said it's also Texans looking after our volunteer firfighters by spreading the word about wildfire danger.

"Using that assessment, they can show maps, they can show pictures and they [firefighters] know because they've actually gone on the ground and they know where the real dangers are," said Boggus.

Glass said fighting flames in the piney woods can be tricky. "If we had a game plan from the beginning it would most definitely help fight fires and evacuate the individuals we need to evacuate," he said.

Through thick smoke and hot flames, Glass said he battles blazes for the people.

"The people of Angelina County will be safer because of this agreement today," said Boggus.

Boggus said 90 percent of Texas fires are started by people. "If people start them, people can stop them," he said.

Now they've got a plan, all they have to do is put it into action.

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