PK COMPLEX, Stephens and Palo Pinto Counties. 147,065 acres total. PK West Fire is 89,715 acres, unknown containment. PK East Fire is 10,996 acres, 35 percent contained. Hohertz Fire is 40,575 acres, unknown containment. Jackson Ranch Fire is 6,687 acres, 50 percent contained. These fires are burning near Possum Kingdom Lake, Caddo, Strawn, and Bunger which all have had evacuations. 600-plus homes are threatened.
The Texas Forest Service has set up a page with current wildfire information including the following information. The Web address is: http://texasforestservice.tamu.edu/main/article.aspx?id=12888
A Type I Incident Management Team (IMT) has been ordered for the PK West Fire and a Type II IMT has been ordered to support East Texas. A tanker base has been set up in Midland to support a DC-10 airtanker. Dyess Air Force Base has set up a tanker base to support the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) units on four U.S. Air Force C-130s.
MIDLAND, Texas –Texas Forest Service has ordered additional aerial resources to help battle the wildfires ravaging the Lone Star State.
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
A company named Elite Designs is soliciting local business for advertisement on a football calendar poster. Elite Designs is NOT affiliated with the Aledo Athletic Department. Elite Designs keep 100 percent of the funds solicited and does not donate any money back to AISD.
Two legitimate groups working with the AISDS athletic department: The Aledo Athletic Booster Club and J. Mott Services both donate funds to local athletic teams.
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.
Mark Goodson/Special to The Community News: Aledo team captain Jeffrey Merrell watches his shot during the first round of the district golf tournament on Tuesday, April 12. Merrell shot a 71 in the first round, followed closely by teammate Riley Shyroc with a 72.
The district tournament will conclude today. Check the April 15 issue of The Community News for tournament results.
Randy Keck/The Community News: Aledo catcher Shelby Stockard slides into third base for a triple in softball action against Byron Nelson tonight.
The Ladycats won their contest 6-5 to remain undefeated in district. The Bearcats also stayed untouched in baseball by defeating Nelson 12-2.
In JV action, the Bearcats 10-run ruled Byron Nelson 14-1; the Ladycats fell 6-2.
More photos and a complete story can be found in the April 15 issue of The Community News.
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.
Special to The Community News: Left to Right: Coach Colt Power, Alex Brunson, Haley Gann, Jenny France, Savannah Moody, Jesse Bearden and Head Coach Greg Nelson following the Aledo Black's second-place finish at the district golf tournament.
The Aledo girls Black golf team took second place at the district tournament which concluded yesterday at Pecan Valley. They now advance to the Regional Tournament at Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene on April 18.
Overall, the team shot a combined score of 737 strokes behind Byron Nelson High School’s 674. The Aledo Orange team came in sixth with 880.
Individually, Aledo’s Savannah Moody finished in third place (84-90=174). Haley Gann was sixth (94-90=184).
From the Parker County Sheriff's Dept.
Parker County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Camp said John Mark Moyers, 50, was charged with felony theft after SCU members conducted an investigation and collected evidence of Moyers scamming local businesses out of thousands of dollars for a fake golf tournament.
SCU investigators said Moyers had conducted nearly one dozen similar scams throughout Texas and Arkansas over the last two years.
“During the investigation, our investigators discovered Mr. Moyers was conducting a food drive scam to collect canned foods and cash to benefit area charities and local food banks, but in reality, he was keeping all of the proceeds and using them at his discretion,” Camp said.