Fire Victims Assessing Damage To Homes in PK Complex

Fire Update: 4-25-2011: Areas of the fire received anywhere from one to four inches of rainfall yesterday which greatly diminished fire activity. Firefighters were able to make considerable progress on building line and mopping up hot spots and smoldering in the interior of the fire. The acreage of the complex is currently at 126,734 with an estimated 69 percent containment.

Today crews will continue constructing hand lines and dozer lines throughout the fire, well ahead of the current fire perimeter, as well as keeping in place fire engines, firefighters, and other equipment to protect homes and other property in the PK Complex area. Crews will be mopping up hot spots as they are found along roads and will also be burning small pockets of vegetation within the perimeter to prevent future fires.

Fire officials remain concerned about the weather forecast the next couple of days. Higher winds, hotter temperatures and lower humidity pose a threat of increased fire behavior. There is also a concern that additional fire starts will be detected due to the numerous lightning strikes that have occurred over the past few days.

Closures: All roads are currently open.

Evacuations: The evacuation for the following areas around Possum Kingdom Lake remains in place: Gaines Bend; Sportsmen World, Hog Bend and Hills above PK.

Area Re-entry: Residents of the following Possum Kingdom areas are advised that they are allowed permanent re-entry into the area to access their homes and properties: residents and property owners in and along HWY 2353, the Peninsula (Park Rd 36 and Hwy 2951), HWY 254 west of Graford and HWY 16 from Rock Creek RD south to the Cliffs. These areas are open to residents only. The four subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, and Hog Bend, and Hills above the PK will remain closed to residents since power has not been restored.

As wildfires continue to rage near Possum Kingdom lake, some nearby residents are getting the first look at their disaster-ravaged homes.  Law enforcement officers in the area have started to escort residents through four areas around the PK Complex.  Security is on hand to keep out looters while people begin to decide whether or not they can rebuild their homes.  The flames have destroyed 159 homes since last week.  Firefighters had about 25% of the overall wildfire contained as of this morning.