Wildfires ravage Texas
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

January 3, 2006 - Despite repeated cautions, the threat of $500 fines and additional patrol officers, some individuals over the holiday weekend still violated the order issued last Thursday restricting use of fireworks and prohibiting all outdoor burning.

In all, sheriff's deputies and county fire officials responded to 15 reports of burn ban violations and unauthorized burning from Saturday morning to early Tuesday morning. Overall, two citations and four warnings were issued over the weekend, according to Hopkins County Fire Chief Carl Nix.

�Hopkins County and Como firefighters had to call for assistance from sheriff's deputies on one call in a yard on County Road 2302 Monday afternoon, when the residents became difficult, attempting to prevent firemen from extinguishing a fire, according to sheriff's reports.

Saturday, burn ban violations were investigated on State Highway 11 east in Pickton by Hopkins county firefighters, on County Road 3568 by Cumby firefighters, on County Road 4778 in North Hopkins by fire officers, and bon fires extinguished on County Road 1127 in Miller Grove by Hopkins County and Miller Grove firefighters and on County Road 4488 in Birthright by Hopkins county and North Hopkins firefighters. Officials attempted but were unable to locate a fire on County Road 4791 in Cherokee Valley.

Sunday, Como police responded to a burn on Main Street, while Arbala firefighters attempted to locate a fire reported on FM 2297 and sheriff's deputies took calls on County Road 5761 in Cherokee Valley, FM 1537 in Mahoney and on FM 2285. Hopkins County and Peerless firefighters extinguish a brush and debris fire on FM 71 in Peerless, while Hopkins County and Pickton-Pine Forest firefighters put out a fire on County Road 3355.

Monday, Hopkins County firefighters responded reports of burn ban violations on County Road 4711 and on FM 2560 in Martin Springs.

In addition to the unauthorized burning, four fire departments also were battled two structure fires over the weekend. A stove fire on Haywood Street in Como Sunday evening was quickly extinguished due to the quick efforts of Brinker, Como and Hopkins County firefighters. Hopkins County and Arbala firefighters also battled a camper trailer fire on FM 2285. No one was said to have been in the structure when it caught fire. County Fire Investigator Steve Caudle is looking into the cause of the blaze.

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