Bearing fire now the biggest ever in East Texas

June 21, 2011 2:08:42 AM PDT
The fire burning in Polk and Trinity Counties is now the largest ever in east Texas. The 'Bearing Fire' has burned approximately 18,200 acres, according to the Texas Forest Service. The majority of the fire is currently located between Apple Springs and Groveton, south of FM 2262 and north of US 287.

Ten volunteer fire departments are concentrated on the part of the fire north of FM 2262 and along the western flank that is south of 2262. Local, state and federal agencies worked through the night Sunday and all day Monday to contain the fire and they're optimistic they'll be able to if the weather cooperates.

Right now, there are no evacuations in place and all roadways are open. But officials urge drivers to use extra care on the roads in the area, especially at night. They say the thick smoke has deer entering roadways.

According to the Texas Forest Service, they don't need any more water and other items for volunteers at this point. But they say financial help can be made to the American Red Cross or to Trinity County.

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