Wildfire forces evacuation of homes at Possum Kingdom Lake

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by ERIC VALADEZ / WFAA

WFAA

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 10:52 AM

POSSUM KINGDOM-- A wildfire prompted evacuations at Possum Kingdom Lake Monday night.

The fire started around 4:30 p.m. along Frontier Unit Road in the area known as the Peninsula, according to Palo Pinto County Emergency Management public information official Mark Engebretson.

Seven volunteer fire departments had responded to the fire as of 9 p.m. Monday.

Engebretson said firefighters knocked down the east side of the fire, but flames remain on the west side of the road. Several structures have been threatened, but so far no homes have been lost.

Bulldozers continued to cut breaks in the fire overnight in an attempt to keep the blaze from spreading. Cooler temperatures overnight helped firefighters contain about 15 percent of the fire and save 30 structures, including homes.

There is no estimate on how many acres are involved in the fire, but photos posted to the Pondera Properties at Possum Kingdom Lake Facebook page showed heavy smoke and large flames towering over the lakeside homes.

Several hundred homes have been lost in wildfires at Possum Kingdom Lake over the last few years.

"It's not as bad as last year," Engebretson told News 8. "It's not near what we had in 2011."

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