The fires that continue to ravage Palo Pinto County have now consumed 148,000 acres, according to Mark Ingebretson, Editor of the Lake Country Sun.
Ingebretson said the fire line now covers 200 square miles.
There are an estimated 750 people fighting the fire from departments all over the country, including personnel from local fire departments.
Locally, collections to assist firefighters are being taken by the Aledo Church of Christ, Aledo United Methodist Church and the East Parker County Chamber of Commerce. Items requested include:
Lip balm (Carmex or Chapstick-style)
Anti-histamines or allergy medicines
Ibuprofin or Naproxin
Gatorade (powdered and bottled)
High-protein nutrition bars
Wildfires burning in neighboring Palo Pinto County have prompted County Judge Mark Riley to issue a Disaster Declaration for Parker County.
More than 55,000 acres have been burned and 30 structures have been destroyed in Palo Pinto County.
Riley said Parker County’s Commissioners are each sending equipment, including two water trucks, two track loaders and two graders to cut fire lines in hopes of stopping or slowing the fires.
Riley contacted Palo Pinto County Judge David Nicklas on Friday, April 15 offering equipment to assist with the fires should the need arise.
Parker County’s Mobile Command Vehicle has been on the scene providing assistance since Friday and the county is also assisting with manpower using the county’s Wildland Strike Team.
Parker County residents are invited to a groundbreaking and roadway naming to celebrate the beginning of construction of the Western Loop on Wednesday, April 20, 4 p.m.
The event will take place at the site where the Loop will intersect with FM 920 (north of Weatherford, west of FM 2421; look for the old Phillips 66 sign). The roadway is a project of the Parker County Transportation Bond Program. The brief ceremony and unveiling of the new name will be hosted by Parker County.
Courtesy of Weatherford Community Relations and Recreation Dept.
While riding his bike with friends, a drunk driver swerved to miss his friends, but the driver never saw Croix Sather and hit him head-on.
It has come to the attention of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office of an allegation of missing funds from the Sgt. Rusty Arnold Benefit Fund.
“A preliminary inquiry indicates there is substance to the allegations,” said Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler. “At this point, the Texas Rangers have been requested to conduct a full and thorough investigation concerning this matter. The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comments pending the outcome of that investigation.”
Due to a change in climate, the burn ban for Parker County has been rescinded.
Emergency declaration in effect
Parker County Judge Mark Riley has signed an emergency declaration placing into effect an outdoor burn ban effective March 23.
Citing the imminent threat of wildfire, the declaration bans "any outdoor burning or orders such burning
Any outdoor burning will be extinguished by the fire department assigned to the area, and following an investigation, a fine of up to $500 can be levied.
Text of declaration:
WHEREAS, Parker County has not had rainfall for an extended period and weather forecasters offer little promise of a change in the hot, dry conditions in the near future; and
The Parker County Soil and Water Conservation District #558 will meet in an open board meeting Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. in the Conference Room located in the Agricultural Services Center, 604 North Main St., Suite 100, Weatherford, Texas. The public is invited to attend.
APPROVE MINUTES OF LAST BOARD MEETING
PRESENT AND PAY BILLS
CLEAR FORK WATERSHED REPORT/PLANNING
NRCS ACTIVITIES REPORT
TEXAS STATE SWCB REPRESENTATIVE REPORT
IN ACCORDANCE WITH TEXAS OPEN MEETINGS ACT (ARTICLE 625217, +SECTION 2, VERNON’S TEXAS CIVIL STATUES), THE BOARD MAY ADJOURN INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION.
WASHINGTON— Millsap VFD will receive a grant of $26,790 to support firefighters and their work as first responders, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday. The funding can be used for training and support operations, and to purchase firefighter safety and rescue equipment. It comes through the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration.
“This funding will help make sure first responders at the Millsap VFD will have the resources necessary to keep the surrounding community safe,”Sen. Cornyn said. “We have a responsibility to support those working on the front lines every day to protect families, homes and property.”
Parker County Meals on Wheels is hosting a fajita supper from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27 at the Parker County Senior Center, 1225 Holland Lake Road in Weatherford. In addition to fajitas, the event features a silent auction with numerous items from local merchants. Tickets are $10. To reserve tickets, call 817-596-4640. Tickets will also be available at the door.