Donations accepted for firefighters battling local wildfire

Corrigan VFD fighting Bearing wildfire. KTRE viewer-submitted photo.
Corrigan VFD fighting Bearing wildfire. KTRE viewer-submitted photo.

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Food and water donations for firefighters battling the massive "Bearing" Wildfire in Trinity and Polk Counties can be dropped off at the main command post located at the little Centerville School off Highway 94.

The school is located between Apple Springs and Groveton at 10327 North State Highway 94. At this point, bottled water is a priority.

High winds on Sunday are making it increasingly difficult for firefighters to contain the massive blaze. Called the "Bearing Fire" by the Texas Forest Service, officials have increased their estimate of burned land to nearly 15,000 acres in Trinity and Polk Counties. It is now about 800 acres shy of becoming the largest wildfire in East Texas history. Late Sunday afternoon, the wildfire remained at 40 percent containment.

At least two homes have been lost and six hunting cabins have burned. No injuries have been reported.

Fire officials compare the perimeter of the fire to the shape of a human hand. Five segments of fire are extending from a large, central area.

A large-scale response is underway through the coordinated efforts of 12 fire departments from Trinity and Polk Counties, as well as the Texas Forest Service. From the air, three helicopters are assisting in the fire attack. On the ground, two fire engines and eight bulldozers from California, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin are manning the front lines. More dozers have been requested. Firefighters, supervisors, and safety officers from several counties are also assisting.

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