POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE (CBSDFW.COM) – Firefighters divided into strike teams and fanned out all over the Possum Kingdom Lake area, looking for remaining hot spots following Friday’s fires.
Texas Forest Service Spokesman Steve Deffibaugh said the Possum Kingdom West fire consumed 30,000 acres and merged with the 15,000-acre Hohertz Fire in Palo Pinto County.
Three gated communities on the east side of Possum Kingdom Lake were being evacuated Saturday. Officials are concerned about the possibility of wind returning to the area and threatening Sportsman World, Gaines Bend and The Cliffs communities. Highway 180 was also closed Saturday because of smoke.
“We really didn’t figure we’d have a home,” said Wayne McFadin, who did not lose his home to the fire.
Kent Hayden of McKinney said a neighbor of his in-laws called to let him know the garage burned yesterday. Inside the garage was a fully restored Jaguar belonging to his father-in-law, Henry Irving.
Irving and his wife are on a cruise and have been told about the fire. Hayden said they are happy the fire didn’t reach their waterfront home.
Fire fighters said they’re trying to put out as many hotspots as possible because the winds are expected to pick up Sunday, causing another threat of blazes in North Texas.
Stephens County, Possum Kingdom West Fire and Palo Pinto County Hohertz fires have now merged into one long, large fire. An Incident Command Post has been established near Strawn.
The Possum Kingdom fire threatened 200 homes and destroyed 31.