On Saturday June 18, 2011 the residents of Jasper Texas got the dreaded news, a wildfire has broken out in the Northern part of the county. Over the past couple of months Jasper county has been under a burn ban. But for some reason, people still continue to burn outdoors.
A few weeks ago a fire broke out close to Sand creek park on the south side of Dam B. After a couple of days the fire was contained. But this new fire was different, it was in a part of the county that was difficult to access.
It seems that this new fire was started when someone was shooting propane tanks. The size of the propane tanks is unknown at the time. But the fire must have happened pretty fast, because the people (or person) left their ice chest full of beer at the scene of where the fire started. Police have taken the ice chest and the contents as evidence.
As of Sunday around 5pm, highway 255 remained open. Sometime around 8:00pm central time, highway 255 and part of 1007 was closed to through traffic.
As of Saturday night, somewhere around 1,500 – 2,000 acres have been burned.
A camper trailer and a canvas tent in a deer camp in the path of the fire were consumed by the inferno.
This wildfire brings up several questions:
1 – The intelligence of some people. Jasper county has been under a burn ban for several months. Who in their right mind goes out to the middle of the woods and starts shooting propane tanks? What does that say about people? The person clearly did not understand the widespread disaster their reckless action would cause.
2 – Your remote camp / bug out location is not as safe as you think. The reckless actions of someone miles away could destroy everything that you and your family have worked for. This is where your going to need some kind of home owners insurance to help rebuild.
Good thing this wildfire did not happen during some kind of long term SHTF survival situation.
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