TRINITY CO., TX - (KTRE) – The Bearing fire in Trinity County is now reported to be 60% contained. Firefighters have managed to maintain a fire wall around the perimeter of the fire and they said the rain provided some relief Tuesday.
It should be noted that there are portions of the fire that do not secure containment lines at this point.
The Bearing fire has consumed 20, 222 acres, according to the latest reports from the Disaster Command Center. Some of the volunteer firefighters, who had taken time off from their regular jobs and had been working for straight days, have been able to leave the fire lines and return to work in order to get paid. Those volunteers are on standby and could return to the scene at any time.
About 12 volunteer fire departments, along with the Texas Forest Service and U-S Forest Service are fighting the fire.
According to a report sent to the Texas Forest Service by Trinity County Judge Doug Page, the initial fire was believed to have been sparked by a trailer being towed on FM 354 in Polk County. Forest Service spokesperson Karen Stafford said an overheated wheel bearing is to blame. The fire was originally reported Friday around 12:30 p.m. to the Corrigan Police Department. That two-acre wildfire started in Polk County and spread to Trinity County