Fires at PK (Unpublished)

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On Saturday I started a dedicated page in our website to facilitate accurate reporting of information about the west side fire. My goal was to provide a resource to homeowners that contained information from trusted sources, namely our company agents and a few others who I knew would provide reliable, accurate details.  Never did I dream by the end of the day that our precious community would be surrounded by fire. 

Since then, this simple page has grown to include reports from other people, locals and weekenders alike, all wanting to be helpful and provide details for their neighbors.  I've tried to be careful to post factual information only.  And our page has had more than 30,000 page views in the first 36 hours.  Unbelievable.

I think we have a long road ahead of us, unfortunately.  With high temperatures, wind and no rain in the immediate forecast, I suspect the next few days will not bring much relief.  Hopefully our brave and hardworking firefighters will continue to gain ground on this horrific beast of a fire.  

In the meantime, please continue to send your personal stories and eyewitness accounts to me by posting comments to this blog or by email to fires@ponderapk.com.  Please be sure to include your name and details of the information you are providing so we can report with accuracy. We will include as much legitimate, verifiable information as we can in an effort to share with as many people as possible.   

If you have a question about a property or area, please post a comment to this Blog and we'll see if we can help. We have limited resources on the ground at the lake since many of us have been evacuated.  I will be working out of a hotel room in Mineral Wells until I can return to my home in Gaines Bend.

Before you post a question, please first read through our page of time-stamped, continuous reports to see if your concern is addressed there.  Saves us all a lot of time. 

Beginning Monday (4/18/11), we will share the pictures we have been receiving on a dedicated photos page.  If you have any pictures you would like to share, please send via email to fire@ponderapk.com.  Be sure to include information about where the picture was taken and what area it is depicting along with the date and approximate time if available.  Also include your name so we can give you proper credit (example: picture of Hog Bend taken from Sandy Beach on 2/17/11 at 4:30 pm taken by John Doe).

We owe a debt of gratitude to the firefighters who are trying to save our community. Their heroic efforts have already prevented a much worse outcome.  Be safe.

 

East Side PK:  1406 Park Road 36, Possum Kingdom Lake, Graford, TX 76449; office (940) 779-2600
West Side PK:  401 FM 1148, Possum Kingdom Lake, Graham, TX 76450; office (940) 549-3333 

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1,437 Responses to "Fires at PK"

Delbert Gales wrote: Question for Parrish and his Hog Bend location - anyone know location of fire in reference to Public Use #5/Bugs Beach. We have a cabin Lot 75 across from Public Use #5 Scott Parrish reports his house in Hog Bend has burned to the ground. He also reports that the State Park HQ also burned.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:13am.

Coda Zschiesche wrote: We have lot #108 in Hog Bend, three of our neighbors houses burned, one being Scott Parrish. As of monday at 3 AM ours and my brother in laws are still there.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:34am.

MARK BIRD wrote: Question : Does anyone know if there has been any fire damage on the North End of the Lake on Willow Road or Airport Road? Has the evacuation been lifted for Airport RD? When it is lifted who will announce it and how will it be announced?

Thank You for this very helpful site.
Mark

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:58am.

Pondera | Jackie Fewell wrote: Mark, to the best of our knowledge there has NOT been any fire damage in the Willow / Airport Rd area. We will try to post current evacuation status around 9 am on the main fire status page in our website. At the same time, we will try to have answers to your other questions about who determines the lift and how it is communicates. ~ JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:12am.

Debby Hoskins wrote: What is the best place to see if any roads are open to get to the lake to get to our house?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:16am.

amy Underwood wrote: Does anyone know about colonels row? we were told last night that there were fires by the public boat ramp and were moving along colonels row. our address is 2911 colonels row..any help would be appreciated.
thank you,
Amy Underwood

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:24am.

Stephen Melendi wrote: I'm Hog Bend lot #115. I've been told by someone who is directly across from us on the peninsula that at least as of late yesterday (7 pm) the A-Frame house at #114 is still there, however he can't see behind it to see if any others are there.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:27am.

Pondera | Jackie Fewell wrote: Debby, get road conditions is TX DOT - http://www.dot.state.tx.us/travel/road_conditions.htm, however it's probably difficult for them to keep up with changing conditions. Officials do not want people to return to their homes yet - we believe it will be some time before we will be allowed back in. Scanner chatter indicates they continue to go through neighborhoods that have already been evacuated looking for people who haven't left so they can get them out. Best to stay put until we have word that the danger has passed.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:28am.

Gigi johnson wrote: Can anyone confirm that there is a fire burning on Hells's Gate Loop in Sportsman's World. Our home is on Bluff Creek Dr. Very close by. Thank you so much

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:36am.

Pondera | Jackie Fewell wrote: Amy - Colonel's Row is fine this morning. No fires on the Peninsula.
Gigi - we have not heard of any fires in Sportsman's World this morning. However, Forest Service has advised the winds shifted and fire is in line for Gaines Bend and The Cliffs. They are going through those two communities again looking for anyone who did not leave to see if they can encourage the to get out. They plan to do the same in SW.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:46am.

Marinell Turnage wrote: Thank you for this blog and the timeline. We live in Dallas but own 2 acres in the Hills Above Possum Kingdom, and our boat and Sea-doo are stored at C&M Marine on 2353. Your blog is our source to check the status of those locations. The whole situation is just unimagineable. Thank you for what you are doing to help. It is very helpful!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:56am.

Terry Head wrote: Any idea how far the fire is from Gaines Bend. The map shows it to still be several miles away. Also do you know if any fire breaks have been cut inside of Gaines Bend.

Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:59am.

Norwood wrote: are there any reports of how the willow beach area is doing? i hear lots about 2353 and other areas close by, but nothing about willow beach.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:02am.

Pondera | Jackie Fewell wrote: Marinell - there are fires in The Hills Above, but we don't have any reason to believe there was any loss at businesses along 2353 at this time.
Terry - They are currently going thru Gaines Bend one street at a time trying to clear any stragglers out of there. They say the fire is headed that direction due to shifting winds. No timeline on that, but given our experience, they are being very cautious and moving people out well in advance of the fire being upon an area. I will ask Shawn Gibson if there have been any
firebreaks cut and will report on the main fire report page in our website. ~ JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:13am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Norwood - The Willow Beach area is fine at the moment, from all the reports we've had. ~ JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:14am.

Craig wrote: Norwood,
I left my place on Hummingbird Lane across from the Willow Beach area last night at around 7PM and Willow Beach area is OK. No fire had crossed 2353 and all businesses on 2353 were all OK.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:21am.

Chan King wrote: Drove from Breckenridge to our cabin inside the State Park on Timberline Rd in Caddo Bay this morning about sunrise. All is well on Caddo Bay at this point. Also drove into the Park and did not see any burned structures.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:43am.

Johny Garner wrote: My family has a cabin on the shoreline in the Caddo Bay area, between State Park and Brandy Rd. I've heard bad things--can anyone confirm?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:43am.

Rhonda wrote: Thank you so much for having this blog to keep us posted on the fires there at PK and surrounding areas. My question is regarding the area from the North 40 to Anothony Loop, Any news about this area would be helpful.
Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:44am.

Jeanne Cheatham wrote: We are in Dallas and have a home in The Cliffs. I want to thank you for what you are doing with this blog and the PonderaPK site. I found you this weekend and have been so grateful for the information. It is the only place to get specific information about the fires and we have shared this site with so many friends and family who have places or just love Possum Kingdom Lake.
Thanks to you and all the firemen and other crews that are working so hard to save our beautiful lake and the community.
God bless you all.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:14am.

Lorrie McMillan wrote: Rhonda, as far as we know, everything around North 40, Mr. C's to Rock Creek Camp should be fine. (that side of the road). We have friends that are still in Rock Creek Camp and they are keeping us posted.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:16am.

Abby wrote: Has anyone heard anything regarding Camp Grady Spruce and Camp Constantin?

Thank you,

A

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:17am.

AW wrote: Great info, thank you for keeping us all up to date!! Our cabin is about a mile west of the Trading Post on Park Rd 36... have there been any fires or threat of fires in that vicinity? What about the Villas (just south of the Trading Post, but on the other side of the lake)?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:26am.

James Coffin wrote: Gigi,
I spoke to Roy Davis less than an hour ago and he told me there was no damage yet to anywhere in Sportsman World. He and Jay are still there holding down the fort. We live right accross from the Bluff Creek Marina store. If you hear any more info, please let me know.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:49am.

Chris Lynch wrote: Lorrie, thanks for the update on Rock Creek. Can you please continue to post? We are in the Metroplex but have a place on Butler Point Rd. Aunt & Uncle have been living there but were away when the fires began and now can't get back to the house b/c of road closures. We would appreciate any info you have.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:49am.

Martha Branson wrote: Can you please let us know status of homes at Golden Cove.
Thanks so much.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:52am.

Jim Willingham wrote: We have a cabin on Lot 124 on Hogg Bend, its the next to last cove heading west before the lake opens up to the siuth end of Broadway. Does anyone know if this area has neen consumed?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:52am.

Mark wrote: Wondering about Area 2, lot 4 in Hog Bend

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:57am.

lois richardson wrote: Do you know if the fire has reached Dark Canyon near Graham, TX.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:06am.

toni wrote: When and where in mw are they taking water and food donations?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:14am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Johnny Garner - yes, there have been losses in the Caddo area, primarily on Brandy Road, from our understanding. Our broker, Marsha Bettis, is getting out in a boat in a short while and will gather as much specific information and pictures as she can. We will communicate what she finds on the Fire Report page. ~ JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:17am.

Karon Arnold wrote: When looking at the interactive fire map, it has shown a fire off of rock creek loop & river road since yesterday afternoon. We have a place on Casey Lane nearby. Any word what's going on there?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:20am.

Carol Brown wrote: Jackie...please accept my thanks for all the good information and all your work. I am Susan Rhoden's sister in Albuquerque and have been monitoring both this site and the Palo Pinto radio frequency you provided. I am so glad all the folks I know there are safe but now I am just spreading the word here to get all our prayers directed that way. Thanks again and God be with all involved.
Carol

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:22am.

Koby Rogers wrote: I'm leaving the Metroplex in an hour. Spoke with Lesa at the Coffee Hole. The firefighters are in need of Aspirin, Benadryl, and Eyedrops. I will bring as much as they will let me. What else have you guys heard that they are short of??

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:22am.

Kristen Lowe wrote: ** Private to Jackke*** How can we help with supplies for the firemen? We have a home on the Penninsula, but are currently at our residence in the Metroplex. Do you have a PayPal account that we all could send donations to for food & water? Do we need to organize a "water run" from here?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:23am.

Alyssa wrote: I'm interested in helping out with meals for the firefighters. Just let me know what I can do!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:23am.

Melissa Miller wrote: Thanks for all the updates. Heard 1287 was impassable this a.m. Anyone know anything about Green Acres area off of 1148? Heard there was fire close to Chapel Rd. area.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:23am.

Deanne Milford wrote: I live out of town but would like to donate to the firefighters and the businesses helping them with meals and such. Is there an account set up or someone we call to make online or over the phone donations?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:29am.

Karon Arnold wrote: We're in the metroplex as well, but would love to help with monetary donations. As soon as I see a post as to how, we will donate.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:32am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: - Abby - we do not believe there is any problem on at Camp Grady Spruce and Camp Constatine.
- All - There have been no fires reported anywhere on the Peninsula at this time, including Golden Cove
- Marsha Bettis and crew are going out in a boat now to assess damage at Hog Bend - check our fire report page for their findings in a little while.
- Don't have any information about Dark Valley at this time.
~JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:36am.

Kristen Lowe wrote: Koby - from where in the Metroplex are you leaving? I can make a quick run to Sam's Club & send supplies with you.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:37am.

Kim Welch wrote: My name is Kim Welch, we have a home on Airport Road. My mother-in-law is Kathy Hardin, she is the President of the PK Auxillary.
To help out we are willing to take credit card donations to the PK fire department through our business.
100% OF YOUR DONATION, INCLUDING ALL CREDIT CARD CHARGES, WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE PK FIRE DEPARTMENT.
Call 817-685-9433 or 817-614-4039 if you have any questions.
Our business is MidCitiesClassics.com

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:40am.

RHonda wrote: Lorrie, thank you for the response to my question.
We are in Ft. Worth and our place is on Ebner St. Thanks again for this blog and all your assistance to everyone trying to get information and keeping everyone in the loop.
Everyone is in our prayers.
Thank you to all the Firefighters out there trying to get these fires under control.
Where do we bring supplies for the firefighters?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:47am.

Cindy Wigington wrote: At the Gordon Vol. Fire Hall Wal Mart of Mineral Wells has donated alot of Asprin, chapstick, wet wipes, eye drops. Some were saying needing nose drops. We have pallets and pallets of Jug water and bottle water and were bringing more supplies today. IF ANYONE needs ANYTHING please call Gordon fire Hall 254-693-5312

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:49am.

Pam Kinkema wrote: Is money the preferred way to help out? Someone going out to buy supplies needed? I want to do SOMETHING!!!!!!! We live on Lacy Court at the far north end of the lake.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:52am.

Trent Viavattene wrote: I would like to know how to donate as well, and will be more than happy to make a water/food run from Plano as well.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:53am.

Mike Bomar wrote: Can bring food/water/ from WF .Let me know what you need

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:54am.

Linda wrote: Can you email me where in Mineral Wells donations for the firefighter are being dropped off.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:55am.

Larry Singley wrote: We have been intouch with Texas Baptist Men, working on supplying water, need contact info, Please call 817.992.9122 for Larry.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:57am.

Rhonda wrote: Sorry about writing again .. but are highway 2353 or 16 open yet or is everything still shut down?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:59am.

Kim Welch wrote: Our first donation was $1,000.00.
Thank you so much!!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:04am.

Robert wrote: We will be happy to make a water/food run from Dallas.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:04am.

Koby Rogers wrote: I'm currently in Plano but was planning on stopping in Fort Worth for supplies. I did hear that
they have plenty of water.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:04am.

lisa wrote: i might can help out in mw with sandwiches... need that info thanks..

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:06am.

Robert Tyson wrote: In FW now, but I live on Hells Gate Drive in Sportsmans World. Was thinking about going to Sam's and loading the truck with water, supplies, etc. What is the best route and where would the supplies best be distributed? Thanks for all your guys are doing!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:07am.

Danielle wrote: I am hearing that the Graham animal shelter and the Graham arena is taking in animals and could use dry dog/cat food and puppy food.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:10am.

Sandra wrote: Would like to help out making sandwiches if possible, could you send me the info? Thanks for all the great updates.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:16am.

melissa wrote: To Cindy Wigington: If Walmart provided Asprin, chapstick, wet wipes & eye drops, what are other immediate needs that people need to bring?
To Kim Welch: Money is coming in for supplies. Not sure what you guys will be buying so any ideas what to tell people already heading to the stores to get so the firefighters have plenty of everything??

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:16am.

Stephanie myers wrote: How can I help send food, water, & supplies to help the fire firefighters.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:17am.

Tommy Barrow wrote: We would like to help with food and water. We are in Eastland and can bring water or will make donation to pay for food and water. We just need instructions. Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:19am.

Wayne Cashion wrote: I am on my way to Sam's to buy a truck load of bottled water for the fire fighters. I am planning on taking it to the comand center in Strawn. If anyone knows a better place please call me at 817 475 1631

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:23am.

Tony Mendolia wrote: My family has a cabin in Hog Bend not sure exactly the lot #. My grandparents are the ones that own the place, but my grandmother thinks its lot #53. If you are at South D&D Boat Ramp and look directly from the boat ramp you can see the peninsula that the cabin sits on. Their lot is last lot on the peninsula and it would be the last one on the east side. Can anyone tell me if that area of Hog Bend as been affected by the fire?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:25am.

Ken Whitten wrote: I just spoke to the state troopers and they said the Red Cross is feeding everyone now. Ron Lusk at The Harbor sent his plane to pick up additional fire fighters and a chemical additive that they are adding to the water in the trucks. It's a new product in the testing stages but they have received an okay to try it out. Way to go Ron.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:25am.

Gigi johnson wrote: In dfw area now and will be heading to Costco for supplies and into the Strawn command area if possible.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:25am.

Sue Gales wrote: We are in Metroplex & have place in Hogg Bend, Lot 75. Understand boat will be sent out this morning to survey. Please post results when you have them. Would also like to donate. Please let me know best way. Thanks so much for this blog.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:25am.

Michelle Rasco wrote: We are property owners at the Cliff's. I'm in the Metroplex and would love to make a supply run if that is what is needed, especially if there was a drop off place in Mineral Wells so I don't clog up the roads.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:30am.

Pam Kinkema wrote: This from United Co-Op: Raging fires that reportedly spawned around April 13 in Stephens County, and migrated toward the Possum Kingdom Lake area of United's service area on April 15, forced the cooperative to take drastic measures. At the direction of the fire marshal, United deenergized some of its electric distribution lines serving hundreds of members in the region. United is unable to assess the extent of the damage to its infrastructure until the fire marshal grants access to the areas. Early estimates, which have not been confirmed, suggest several hundred utility poles have been destroyed by the fire. As a result, it will be an extended period that many members will be without power. That extended period could be from days to weeks.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:31am.

Lauren wrote: Does anyone have any information on The Cliffs Resort? I have heard we are spared so far but also heard the winds have shifted this morning.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:31am.

Kristen L wrote: Talked to Sharon @ The Coffee Hole. They are good on food donations for today & tomorrow. She is taking down names & phone numbers for donations later in the week. You cannot get closer to the lake than 254 & 337 -- donation drop offs are being coordinated at the intersection.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:35am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Water and food donations should be taken to the Graford ISD please. Please see posting on Fire Report page for details on what's needed. ~ JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:38am.

Frank Foster wrote: My Name is Frank Foster and I live on the peninsula at 2669 Brown Lane off of Frontier unit road. I chose to stay and hopefully keep my property safe. FYI radio station 94.7 is giving excellent up to date info. I watched the Hog Bend fire last night and boated over this morning. I don't know the lot numbers but it appears more housed were spared than destroyed. Per 94.7 radio all roads into PK in all directions are closed. Only out bound traffic is allowed.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:39am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Kristen - I will contact you privately - sorry to have accidentally posted your private message. We got a little carried away trying to answer everyone's questions! ~JF

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:41am.

Penny Ranft wrote: Thank you so much for all your efforts! You are all amazing and it is so appreciated!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:48am.

Kristen wrote: Not a problem Jackie! I'm trying to organize a central donation site in Southlake and plan on bringing supplies on Wednesday.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:52am.

J.R. Mello wrote: Frank Foster: anyway of seeing the houses in the cove that's located by the home with the TX Flag roof on hogs bend?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:54am.

Taylor G wrote: Greenwood Office Outfitters has 60 cases of bottled water to donate and they are on their way from Fort Worth. Where is the best place to drop it off? Thanks!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:56am.

Janie Hurley wrote: My homes on Hog Bend burned. They are on lots 52 and 53. My neighbor Nancy Unstick spoke to a lake ranger that gave her the information that her home and our homes and Mark and Grace Allens homes were lost. Nancy lives on about lot 47 and the Allens home is on lot 54.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:00pm.

Laura Bray wrote: Hi everyone,

My sister just spoke with Shannon who is the fund raiser for the chapter of the Am. Red Cross supporting PK. The Red Cross is providing water, gatorade, snacks etc to the emergency crews. They also are supporting the families who are displaced. She will take your donations via phone.

817-676-7482 (c)
817-335-9137 (office)

The Red Cross is asking that people donate to them as they are the only official group able to go into the blocked out areas. Additionally donations are secure with them.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:02pm.

Pam Kinkema wrote: Graford ISD office just told me the Graford FD is collecting supplies--and someone will be there around the clock for anyone wanting to help out.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:08pm.

Robert Tyson wrote: From the TX-DOT website, looks like 180 from palo pinto and 16 north are now open, maybe just temporarly? Going to load up with water and supplies and head that way if anyone has any new info, please call 817-980-0683.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:08pm.

Tom Dulin wrote: My pictures from 4-17-11 in vicinity of Rock Creek Camp

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:09pm.

Lindsey Gano wrote: Our family has a home in Sportsman's World in Bluff Creek, in the far back of Bluff Creek and on the water. From what I can tell on the map, it appears to be about the 4th dock from the end of the creek, and is in Sunset Cove, the second right (first is private property) off of Bluff Creek Dr. from Hell's Gate Loop. I read that Tim Allen, a Gaines Bend resident went to the back of Bluff Creek by water, but I was wondering if he saw any property damage? Also, does this seem to be around where they are holding the fire in Set Ranch? Thank you for any and all information. Thank you to all who are able to be there and help!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:15pm.

J.R. Mello wrote: Any way of getting a map posted showing Mile Markers....lots of talk of areas based on Mile Markers, and we're unable to locate using that information.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:17pm.

N Wilson wrote: Info from neighbor..helicopter dumping water behind his home now, located at the peninsula of Hog Bend across from South D & D loop boat ramp

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:25pm.

Frank Foster wrote: FYI: Amy Underwood I checked on a friends house in your area this morning and all was OK.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:26pm.

Trent Viavattene wrote: Map of lake with mile markers.
http://www.brazos.org/pkMap.htm

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:28pm.

Frank Foster wrote: J.R. I will boat over with in the hour and take a look and post the info.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:29pm.

Penny wrote: I am hoping that some of this relief is going to the West Side as well? Can you please let me know?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:34pm.

Penny Ranft wrote: I am hoping that some of this relief is going to the West Side as well? Can you please let me know?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:35pm.

Kim Welch wrote: ***UPDATE...We are also accepting checks at our office: 10728 S. Pipeline Rd, Ste A, Hurst, TX 76053. Make your check payable to the PK Volunteer Fire Department
Our donations are not being used to purchase supplies at the current time. We will get with the fire department, throught the PK East EMT & Volunteer Fire Department, to see if they prefer a cash donation of the monies we receive or specific supplies.

My name is Kim Welch, we have a home on Airport Road. My mother-in-law is Kathy Hardin, she is the President of the PK Auxillary. To help out we are willing to take credit card donations to the PK fire department through our business. 100% OF YOUR DONATION, INCLUDING ALL CREDIT CARD CHARGES, WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE PK FIRE DEPARTMENT. Call 817-685-9433 or 817-614-4039 if you have any questions. Our business is MidCitiesClassics.com

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:37pm.

colleen barber wrote: Does anyone know if Freedom Storage on the corner of 16/180 is still there? Also are the roads open to get there?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:39pm.

Penny Ranft wrote: Can you tell me if any of this is going to support the firefighters on the West side as well?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:40pm.

Stephen Melendi wrote: I have confirmed that my home, Hog Bend #115 was destroyed, as was the neighbor right behind, in #111. This is pretty much directly across from Frank Foster's Brown Lane address given above.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:46pm.

Ray Beecher wrote: Anybody know if the fires reached the area around CR331 and Bailey's over the weekend?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:48pm.

Robin Greer wrote: All of the volunteer fire depts rely donations for the majority of there operations. Lots of VFD's out there in need of money for fuel I am sure. I am sure Gordon, Strawn, PK, Mineral Wells, Lone Camp, Santo or Lipan Fire halls would gladly accept donations for fuel.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:51pm.

Donna Robbins wrote: I can help make sandwiches if still need help. My number is 940-452-0290.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:52pm.

Johny Garner wrote: To JR Mello--BRA's map is http://www.brazos.org/pkMap.htm. If you click on an area, it zooms and shows you the mile markers.

To Pondera, thank you soo much for the information. I spent hours searching and this is by far the most complete and up to date information that I've found. If anyone I know needs property here, I'll send them to you.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:56pm.

Kim Welch wrote: Since the Red Cross is now specifically accepting donations for PK, we will defer all contributions to them.
We have received donations for $1,950.00 that will be forwarded to the PK fire department today.
Thanks for all your support,
Kim & Jim Welch

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:56pm.

Jessica Nagle wrote: Any word on Chapel road? My parent's have a house directly across from the state park, I wonder if it is still safe. Their property can be distinguished from the lake by the loch ness monster on the shoreline. They were one of the last to evacuate their street last night.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 12:58pm.

Michelle & Rick wrote: Rick w/ Tumbleweed Specialty has a pallot of bottle water he can drive down from Wichita Falls at 4pm. We can deliver to West Side or Mineral Wells wherever you would like us to. A forklift to unload is preferred but we can unwrap and unload by hand. Sorry it won't be cold. we will need to know best route - which roads are closed/open. Michelle. 214.616.1921. Thank you for your efforts. They have been a life saver to us homeowners and the firemen beyond the call!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:01pm.

J.R. Mello wrote: Thanks a lot Frank...There's three houses in a row, one green roof (east side of cove), one beige roof (in middle), composite roof (west side of cove). Entry to the cove has a TX flag roof. Thank you so much.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:02pm.

koby rogers wrote: Colleen: Freedom Storage @ 16N and 180 was okay as of yesterday evening

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:03pm.

beth kelly wrote: Question to Marsha regarding Hog Bend: We have a property located at 91 Hog Bend (Blue House) and wanted to know if Marsha has details on this area. Our house faces east and is directly across from the boy scout camp area.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:09pm.

Tom Hoskins wrote: My place is in Caddo Creek area, on the north west side. (Address is at 3723 Hazard Way St). Does anyone have information as to the fate of the houses there? Mine is the house with high railroad ties used as retaining walls. Sits up away and above my dock. Thanks Tom Hoskins 817-992-0842

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:11pm.

Pam Kin wrote: To Pondera: This is a tremendous service you are providing us! Thank you so very, very much! I made my contribution thru your link, and encourage others to do the same. That way our money will go to where the need is the greatest.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:28pm.

Terry wrote: Any truth about a bible being found in the baptist church UNBURNED

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:29pm.

Jackie wrote: Is the fire in the area by 2353 out now or does it still have a little flames left in it?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:31pm.

colleen barber wrote: Tom our house is Caddo Bay on Harbor view was told by my neighbor all Caddo area ok except for Brandy Rd houses. My husband and I are heading out there later this afternoon we'll check it out via boat and post asap! My prayers are with us all

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:36pm.

Stephanie wrote: Does anyone have anymore info. on whats happening in the Sportmans World and Gaines Bend area? I know they were saying winds shifted and the fire was moving away from Gaines Bend, but is Sportmans World okay? and is the wind still in favor of moving away from GB? Thanks!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:41pm.

Tony Mendolia wrote: Correction to my post from earlier today; I have confirmed the lot number with my grandparents. Instead of lot 53, our lot is 86 in Hog Bend.

My family has a cabin in Hog Bend not sure exactly the lot #. My grandparents are the ones that own the place, but my grandmother thinks its lot #86. If you are at South D&D Boat Ramp and look directly from the boat ramp you can see the peninsula that the cabin sits on. Their lot is last lot on the peninsula and it would be the last one on the east side. Can anyone tell me if that area of Hog Bend as been affected by the fire? Some of the neighbors around their should recognize the last name, my grandparents last name is Mask. If you know any details about their lot or the surrounding lots please let us know.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:43pm.

Jessica Nagle wrote: Does anyone have any updates on Chapel road? My parents home is located directly across from the state park. Their shoreline is distinguished by a peninsula and cove featuring a loch ness monster statue. They were one of the last to evacuate Sunday, I wonder if their home is safe.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:48pm.

Johny Garner wrote: Colleen, our house is Caddo Bay on Mountain View. I've heard the same thing about Caddo area, but with damage to the State Park so close, I'm still a little anxious. If you see anything in the mountain view direction, please post that as well.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:49pm.

Austin wrote: My Place is at, harbor view and rocky road. does anyone know how close the fires are to the caddo bay and creek area. I know the state park HQ burned i was wondering if anyone had any info on that area.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:51pm.

Matt Talbert wrote: Thank you Pondera for such good information and a way for those away from the area to help through donations. PK has such an awesome community!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:53pm.

Robin Greer wrote: Just received a text from one of the firefighters. He reaffirmed my earlier comment about needing $$ to keep the trucks fueled. He also said they would love to have fruit. Oranges and Apples would be a much needing blessing for many of them.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:54pm.

Lisa wrote: does anyone know if pat and hermans camp had any houses destroyed

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:55pm.

paula wrote: To Marsha and all her team for the excellent coverage they are sending out. Prayers are ongoing for all our firefighters and everyone that are doing their best to protect PK and the people who have an interest in this area.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 1:58pm.

Kerri wrote: I am wondering if anyone has any word on the status of Pat and Hermans Camp????

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:16pm.

Penny wrote: @Jessica I spoke with my neighbor who on Chapel and all things were quite down there so they should be fine.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:18pm.

Juan Castro wrote: Jackie, thanks for doing this blog.
Any updated at Caddo Bay.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:21pm.

Robert tyson wrote: Headed up now with water/supplies. Are 180 and 16 open?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:23pm.

cindy wrote: Has anyone heard how the fires are from the 16 split North up to the Hills Above PK. Our place is out on the point off Rock Creek Loop, Mile Marker 122.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:32pm.

Tim Smartt wrote: GOD BLESS ALL THE FIREFIGHTERS, EMERGENCY SERVICE, POLICE AND DEPUTIES. KEEP THEM ALL SAFE.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:34pm.

Penny Ranft wrote: Confirmed fire at State Park

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:36pm.

beth kelly wrote: To Tony Mendolia: We are just down the shore from where you described. Our lot is #91 Hog Bend. We spoke with Marsha Bettis directly and she confirmed that area is currently on fire. Furthermore, we spoke with our friend (Terry) who lives on Hog Bend in the cove just south of us and he said he did not evacuate and is currently putting out grass fires in his backyard with a hose. Terry also mentioned that the helicopters are circling and dumping water onto the structures.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:44pm.

Frank Foster wrote: J.R. Just got back from trip around Hog Bend. I see a house and out building with a Texas flag painted on the side of the small building. They are both OK at this time. If there was another house with the flag painted on top, I did not see it. If so I am very sorry.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:46pm.

Amy Sabbatini wrote: We have an RV that could be brought out. Could provide showers and two king size beds for rest and cooling down for volunteers

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:50pm.

Cole Willingham wrote: Any news on lot 124, blue roof, 100 yards east of house with Texas flag roof? One of the last coves before lake enters into south Broadway.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:52pm.

J.R. Mello wrote: Frank: There's three houses in a row, one green roof (east side of cove), one beige roof (in middle), one composite roof (west side of cove). Entry to the cove has a TX flag roof. The TX Flag roof was just a marker for me to describe that you were in the correct cove. The green roofed house has a brand new large aluminum wahoo dock in front of it, with a sea doo and small aluminum boat. Dock has a green roof on it. Should be about Channel Marker 42. The fire 6 months ago barely missed, it burned right up to the back of those three properties, but the east and west sides are still covered in trees and brush. If email is easier: mellout5@cs.com or suggseye@aol.com....can shoot a pic if you have ability to open? Thanks JR

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:55pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Taylor G: take donations of water to Graford School
Lindsey, Ray, Jessica, Jackie, Tom, and Stephanie: please refer to http://www.ponderapk.com/PK-April-2011-Fires.phpn for the latest info we have on the situation

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:57pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Penny: Absolutely

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 2:58pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Terry: unconfirmed

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:00pm.

Glinda Davis wrote: Where is Hog Bend in relationship to Sportsman's World??

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:03pm.

Linda Draper wrote: Trent Viavatten and/or Koby Rogers of Plano. We also live in Plano. If you are making a trip to PK to deliver supplies, we would like to add to your supplies. Call 972-596-0126

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:06pm.

colleen barber wrote: Just heard from my neighbor that she was not allowed down Caddo Bay Rd she is at the first cattle guard as you drive onto the state park rd. She said is doesn't look like there is any fire near Mountain View, Rocky rd, Timberline, or Harbor View area she doesn't see any smoke.. Believes it is just the State Park that has rekindled.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:08pm.

Blair wrote: Any updates for Bluff Creek? Ours is the last house on Bluff Creek Dr in the cul-de-sac.
I'm so thankful for the blog and updates, and for everyone's hard-work and support. Glad to see people coming together to help each other in this tough time.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:10pm.

Chan King wrote: Penny -- you say there is a confirmed fire at State Park -- do you know which part of the Park?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:19pm.

Carolyn Hall wrote: Has Marsha had a chance to post pictures from hogs bend. I cannot seem to find

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:20pm.

Katrina Willingham wrote: My family has a house on Hog's Bend. I'm not sure what the lot # is, but it is the cove right under (or after ) mile marker 41 on the map: http://www.brazos.org/pkLakeMapSection3.htm with a blue tin roof at the back cove. Can I get any verification on it being lost or ok? If it helps, it is the cove just east of the house with the texas flag on the roof. Any information would be greatly appreciated! Thank you so much for everything!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:20pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Thanks to all that have answered so many questions. We are answering as fast as we can and gathering info from reliable sources.
Jessica Nagle, Austin, Kerri, and Cindy: please refer to
http://www.ponderapk.com/PK-April-2011-Fires.php

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:31pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Robin Greer and Amy Sabbatini please send us an email address so we can coordinate supplies with you.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:37pm.

Johnny Huddleston wrote: Does anyone know about the two finger cove area in Hog Bend, I have the dock and small cabin outside the cove, thanks to all the firefighters and support.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:39pm.

Leslie wrote: Frank - What were the houses like inside the cove by the house with the flag? There are 3 houses in the cove. There's three houses in a row, one green roof (east side of cove), one beige roof (in middle), composite roof (west side of cove). Thank you so much.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:41pm.

Tanner Albert wrote: Is there any air support working around Sportsman's World?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:46pm.

Buddy Binyon wrote: You said in your blog that the command center that had been set up near the Whataburger had moved "back" about a mile. Which direction did they move and are the fires "somewhat" contained insided of SW? Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:50pm.

Donna wrote: I couldn't read all of these but I think I read that the peninsula is not on fire. We have a cabin at Sandbar. We live west of Lubbock so it is good to see this site and the info. We will pray for the fire fighters. Their are lots of fires out here on the panhandle too.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 3:57pm.

Robert wrote: Regarding the comment about the command post being moved back a mile. I did not take this as a positive statement, especially based on all the other information that has been posted on the Fire Report page.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:05pm.

Ric Hayward wrote: As of 10.00am Monday April 18th. The A framed cabin in the fork of the two arms of Two Finger Cove (Hog Head Cove on the south end of Hog Bend) was in tact. The Jordan and Gentry places were OK on the right side of the right fork. The place with the mail box at the waters edge on the right side was OK.
On the left side of the right fork the next couple of cabins past the A frame were gone, the cabin with the 2 foam block swim dock was gone. The cabin with the big covered dock was OK. Back out to the main lake headed north toward the point the 1st cabin is gone, then everything to the point appeared to be OK. Including the homes in Tongate Cove.
After rounding the point to head west the woods were still burning. a couple of cabins were lost. The Gales place lot #64 or # 75 depending on the county or BRA # system was OK and the places on both sides were OK. I could not see the cabins back away from the water.
The 4 homes in the cove to the west of Gales were gone. At this point I turned around and headed back towards The Cliffs. I did not see smoke or flame on the Peninsular, The Ranch or The Harbor. The Cliffs is OK at 4.00pm. The winds are about 5-10 mph out of the south. A small amount of ash is falling and the smoke is headed north and east in a non consistant pattern.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:06pm.

Heather Newland wrote: Can anyone tell me what direction the Hills fire is traveling? We have family homes located south of the Hills (on hwy 16) that have been spared thus far but have heard the fire is growing and don't know if this fire is expected to travel that far. And THANK YOU to all the women and men that are fighting these blazes; this hard work (and lots of prayer) have allowed us thus far to keep our homes intact!!!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:06pm.

Marinell Turnage wrote: Here's a map showing the various subdivisions being mentioned above.
http://www.possumkingdom.com/lake_map.php
It answers Glinda Davis' question.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:10pm.

pam dunavin wrote: my lot is #86w i am across from bug beach a white house with 4 large windows. my house is the last one at the end of the point. any news?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:12pm.

Sue Cathey wrote: Jackie, this site is unbelievable! I noticed there are 2 or 3 places for $ donations and the Red Cross wants to be the central point. I know this is not your decision, but I think some donations should continue through the accounts you have established to help with fuel, equipment repairs as I don't believe the Red Cross funds cover these expenses.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:23pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: Update for the questions regarding Hog Bend, Caddo and West Side. On the west side waterfront the only homes that burned were 2 at the end of Chapel Road....ALL other homes are find including the ones up on Doe Lane and the Retreat. The fire was contained to the west end and did not go east past Chapel Road at any time. There were a couple of off the water homes that burned in Stephens county I was told. Hog Bend....if your property is west of the little house with the Texas Flag painted on top of it you may be fine.....not much burned up to there from the west. East of that house it gets worse and worse as you go east towards the North West Point until most all homes are gone with the exception of one every or 5 houses it looked like. It was SO hard to identify each of your properties so we took a lot of photos along the shoreline hoping you could go through them and see if you spot anything you recognize as close to yours. The fire was heavy on the North East shoreline of Hog Bend this morning and helicopters were dropping water on the structures then. We could not go any further around the corner to the south for that reason. All we saw was the north shore of Hog Bend. Caddo......there were only 3 homes burned there this morning. All three at the north end of Brandy Road. That was this morning though and the fire around the State Park is going again. I do not know if it is in Caddo again or not. The only time it is safe to get on the water to go check damage is in the mornings before the wind comes up and the air support is working. They do not need a bunch of boats in the way of their getting water from the lake to drop. Hope this helps some!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:34pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Blair check out http://www.ponderapk.com/PK-April-2011-Fires.php
That is the most up to date info we have.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:36pm.

Jack Tongate wrote: Information on lot 111 ...faces south on a point...we think it is still there but are not positive...does anyone know anything about it?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:43pm.

Karen wrote: Thanks for the great report Ric. Did you happen to notice if the lot ( EZ dock with the red, white and black boat and seadoo) on the left fork at the back was burned? It's across from the cabin with the 2 block foam dock that you said has burned.
Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:44pm.

Jackie fewell wrote: Tanner there is some air support for the fire in Sportsman's World

Buddy, the fires don't seem to be contained at all at this time and we're not sure about the task force movement.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 4:45pm.

Gigi johnson wrote: I delivered supplies to the Strawn command center I-20 to 16. I also made it to 180 and 16 ( not directly) and the command center for SW is at that intersection. Also Freedom storage and their home is still there! The winds were sending the fire towards 16 from inside SW. Do not know extent of fire inside.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:16pm.

Jackie fewell wrote: Heather, the winds are coming out of th SW so the fires are moving NE.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:18pm.

matt wrote: Is there anyway to get on the lake by boat? If you need to launch.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:19pm.

Penny Ranft wrote: @Marsha - Is this the ranch with the purple fence?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:19pm.

Jessica Nagle wrote: Thank you! To all for your coverage of the events and responses to everyone's questions. This is an amazing example of community. My parents are lucky to have such wonderful neighbors.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:19pm.

Yvonne King wrote: Marsha - You noted that the only homes that burned on Chapel Road were the 2 at the end, one was your former residence, was the other one ours?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:20pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Jack: as of right now there are no fires in Gaines Bend Development.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:21pm.

Sue wrote: Does anyone know anything about the houses on the Sett Ranch at mile marker 47. Just across the point where Vee and Keith used to live.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:33pm.

jake traylor wrote: I was wondering if any houses in sportments world has been burnt I use to live by the houses ner hells gate.and also there is a ranch out there which burnt a few years back and just wanted to know if its headed that way or.Been to the preserve out there.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:35pm.

Mitch Ritter wrote: As of 22 min ago an eye witness who is at the command center said the Whataburger is still ok.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:38pm.

Malissa chandler wrote: I own one of the hideaway cabins in SW. Are they burned down??

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:38pm.

Dana wrote: Does anyone know if the houses north of Duff Prairie Road (Co. Rd. 165/166) on the west side of 1287 are still there? They were OK around noon, but my mom has since heard her neighbor's home burned and wonders about her own. Thank you.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:44pm.

robert wrote: has anyone got any info on the hills above PK

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:55pm.

tj wrote: does anyone know about the homes North of the airport, on mulberry dr.? our friend bobby boggs lives on mulberry....

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 5:59pm.

Charles Woodworth wrote: Looking for any update on Hog Bend. Specifically the cabins facing east just south (across the water) of South D&D public boat ramp. Thanks for any update that can be provided.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:10pm.

Ryan Thomas wrote: Will supply donations be collected anywhere east of Graford tomorrow? Mineral Wells or Weatherford? Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:20pm.

Julie Boswell Diamond wrote: Looking for updates on the Chapel Road area on the West side.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:31pm.

Sammy wrote: Can anyone provide an update on bluff creek marina and the condos directly above it?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:31pm.

Matt wrote: Does anyone have a current update on Bluff Creek? My house is by the rock point past the marina.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:31pm.

Rhonda wrote: Trying to get varification on whether there is a fire by the airport, on 2353 going north? Our home is on Ebner.
What about Grady's Liquor Storedid it burn?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:36pm.

Jack wrote: I have heard that the the fire crossed over the airport and headed towards the back end of Hells Gate and the probably into Gaines Bends next. The houses at the back of Hells Gate would be at risk. It seems that it may not have crossed over Hells Gate drive into the interior island of land and the High bluff area along Hells Gate Loop. Of course if the wind changes...

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:43pm.

Martha Branson wrote: Any updates for those of us who have homes at Golden Cove?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:50pm.

Paige Reno wrote: Any word on Camp Grady Spruce . . all camps? or Johnson Peak the campers climb?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:51pm.

Rhonda wrote: Trying to get varification on whether there is a fire by the airport, on 2353 going north? Our home is on Ebner.
What about Grady's Liquor Store did it burn?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:52pm.

sherry wrote: Hi All,

There is an inlet in the Bones Bend area of Hogs Bend. This water inlet is between marker 41 and where the cabin with the roof which is painted with the Texas flag. There are several cabins in that inlet. Did any of those survive??? I have lot #20 on the western side of that inlet (no structure) and my concerns are not for my lot, but for those who own cabins/homes there.
If you can update me in this area, please supply any info you can.

Thanks so much for everyone's efforts.

Sherry

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:53pm.

Jamie wrote: Does anyone know about any of the homes along cemetary road by graham?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:54pm.

Ted Clark wrote: Does anyone know it the fire has spread to the Sky Camp loop area of the lake? Thanks TC

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 6:59pm.

Jake wrote: Is the other update site down at the moment? because its not loading on my computer

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:00pm.

A McCormick wrote: I was just going to ask the same thing - I can't bring up http://www.ponderapk.com/PK-April-2011-Fires.php either

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:06pm.

Robby wrote: We have a boat at Bluff Creek Marina..... Any word on the marina???? As well as a house in Gaines Bend, please keep us updated.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:06pm.

Ernie Easley wrote: charles---we are one house over from you and as of this morning we were still ok at east facing Hog Bend, but the fire is very very close so we arent optimistic. We had reports helicopters were dumping water behind us earlier today, but havent had an update in a while.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:10pm.

Terri wrote: The update site is not loading on my computer either

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:10pm.

Jen wrote: I am unable to download the update site also...must be down. Does anyone know if the storage for Possum Hollow fireworks blew up? If so does anyone know the location?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:12pm.

Donita Stone wrote: Praying for all those involved and wanted to do a big shout out of Thanks to Pondera for keeping me informed. My parents own a property on Chapel Road and this has helped me immensely in keeping up to date and informed. Thanks again!!!!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:18pm.

Cindy wrote: The update site has been great, but will no longer load on my computer either. Hope it can be corrected soon. Y'all are doing a great job. Basically no information coming on the news.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:18pm.

Lynn Watson wrote: The other site is down right now

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:21pm.

Jeff Hawkins wrote: Have a small cabin on Rock Creek Loop,would be happy to donate use to emergency crews/Red cross or firefighters,Any one to contact or just post if there is need,will watch this blog,thanks for your work,only good source of info to be found!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:21pm.

Kim McKay wrote: Its not loading for me either.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:23pm.

derf wrote: The blog seems to be down?

This is a weblink to the Palo Pinto Emergency Radio (scanner) Young and Stephens county are not available to the public.

http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=cwp&ctid=2704

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:28pm.

Tim wrote: Is anybody else having problems loading the other site? I cant seem to get it to load

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:29pm.

Quisenberry wrote: Any updates on the explosion of the building behind liquor store on 1148 by chapel road?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:29pm.

EILEEN wrote: Any info on Possum Hollow evacuations? Where is the fireworks storage facility? AT Possum Hollow? Our place is on Pike Rd.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:30pm.

Ginger wrote: Any new news on Willow Beach Rd?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:36pm.

penny ranft wrote: We have hopefully had a massive fire with explosions on west side 1148. 1148 is closed for now. Air support is helping. I have friends that are still at their homes down there so please pray for everyone!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:43pm.

Robert Martina wrote: Does anyone have a report on the homes around Hell's Gate? or the Texas flag roof house?.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:45pm.

Kathleen Davidson wrote: I can't get anything on the other site either. I am in Arkansas and have really appreciated the updates. I have family fighting the fire, my son's younger stepbrother. God bless you for the updates.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:45pm.

Will wrote: Any info about the fires in GB?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:49pm.

Mike wrote: Any updates on Gaines bend condos ?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:50pm.

Diane wrote: My husband talked to Tim Allen and a house at the back of the cove on Hell's Gate drive in Gaines Bend is on fire.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 7:56pm.

Jake wrote: Private**** Confirmed from the owner of the texas flag house. all of the hells gate waterfront property is down

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:01pm.

David Cowan wrote: What volunteer efforts are needed as far as support for the firefighters goes?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:02pm.

Robin Greer wrote: Just got off the phone with a Firefighter who drove through Willow Beach a little while ago. That area is still safe right now and a Fire truck is stationed at WB Rd and 2353, as well as one up by the airport. They are there to keep an eye on that area in case any embers blow that way.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:05pm.

Mike wrote: Any updates on Gaines Bend Condos?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:07pm.

Fredda Benton wrote: Must still be down. Any news lately on Bluff Creek condos?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:08pm.

Catherine C wrote: Charles and Ernie, My family has a set a cabins on the East shore of Hog Bend near the Northern most point. If I am understanding correctly, you are our neighbors. We have two docks, one newer. One of the shore homes is green and white stripped. We have a large pecan tree out front too. If this rings a bell with you or with anyone else, and you have any information for my family, we'd greatly appreciate it.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:09pm.

Brandon wrote: has anyone heard anything about Long Hollow or Bee Creek?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:10pm.

Tuckers' wrote: The cabin in Hog Bend w/the Texas flag roof is around the point to the west of us. We are the 2story cabin directly on the east side of the point that we like to call "Tucker's Point" Lot 8E or #130. We made it thru the fire last time w/just a corner burned.. Are we going to make it this time? My brother actually owns the lot just beside the flag property w/no cabin on it, but a storage building & dock. Any info on the location of the fire from where we are?. This blog has been very helpful, so thanks for the updates.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:12pm.

Karen LeVasseur wrote: Any update on the fire in Gaines Bend? Is it burning toward the Firewheel Cove? Thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:17pm.

Brittany wrote: any news on hells gate loop?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:17pm.

Susan Quinn wrote: I was wondering if anyone had any information on houses on M Anthony Loop on the north end? Praying for all the firefighters and volunteers fighting the fire. Thank you to Pondera for the forum for information.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:18pm.

Ann harbuck wrote: We are in Gaines Bend on Robin Lane. We are by Gary Fullton. Do you know anything?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:18pm.

Kristen wrote: Any updates on the Peninsula?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:19pm.

Peggy wrote: Brazos River Authority website just posted that there are confirmed fires in Gaines Bend. Does anyone know for sure?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:20pm.

Norwood wrote: is willow beach in danger right now?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:23pm.

Donna wrote: How is the peninsula? Is Sandbar on fire? We have a cabin there.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:24pm.

KELLY wrote: Anything new about the area around the Landing Condos??

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:24pm.

Norwood wrote: is willow beach in danger right now? i have a place at the willows, and my family doesn't know what's going on

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:26pm.

L. C. Martin. D.O. wrote: what are your needs re medical services...I am a family practice doc willing to heip if needed..have property in the cliffs

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:26pm.

Chris wrote: Any word if they were able to save the houses/condos/marina along Bluff Creek?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:33pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: All better on West side. The fire is under control over here now. No explosions at Possum Hollow or Fox...it was up buy Chapel Road --- fireworks stored there. No evacuations. fire was close to 1148 and jumped 1148 heading north east in front of the liquor store. I am on Pike Road all ok here

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:37pm.

Amanda wrote: My parents are Jim and Tracie from Possum Hollow and they have not evacuated yet my dad is up the road helping out with the fire and he is keeping everyone at Possum updated. From the last we heard it was heading down Bass hill

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:39pm.

Jamie Hale wrote: We have a house in the Cliffs on Oyster Bay. Do you know it has gone into the Cliffs?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:43pm.

Dennis Dial wrote: Does anyone have any update on Gaines Bend? How far has the fire gone there?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:44pm.

Robin Greer wrote: Fireman on site states Willow Beach and area north up to the airport are all SAFE. No fires in that area at all as of yet. They have two trucks in that area watching for any embers and spraying the area down.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:45pm.

Donita Stone wrote: Can you please remove my previous email address on my previos blog I accidentally put my work email and can't have that type of email coming to work! Sorry!!!!!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:45pm.

Jackie wrote: Anyone know anything about the homes in Hog Bend/Long Hollow cove between mile marker 43-45?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:46pm.

kheila wrote: Does anyone know anything about Harrell Rd?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:46pm.

Susan Powell wrote: what about The Cliffs? Last I heard, fire was at Sportsmans and The Ranch-Cliffs is in between? does anyone know?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:48pm.

Kim Talbert wrote: Does anyone know about the homes on Bluff Creek past the marina? I live on Creek View Cove.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:49pm.

Mark wrote: Just (8:40 pm) heard from my son who has visitied our cabin on Deep Elm Lane off of Sky Camp Loop on the north end. All is in order. He didn't feel we were at much risk. By his observation 50% of Hills Above PK has burned. Described driving into the area as like driving into a volcano. Everything is closed and empty along 2353 from 16 to 36. We have had our place for more than 25 years now. I am thankful for our good fortune so far. And, I am profoundly sad.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:50pm.

Erin wrote: Mr. Johnson PLEASE be careful out there! Amanda, I used to work with your parents, Lauren and I have been VERY concerned! Please keep me posted either here or on facebook under Erin Gray, current city Bullard, Texas....

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:51pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: Fire on West side is under control

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:54pm.

Robert k wrote: @Lynn and Kim; Website is down - they are trying to fix it. Overloaded.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 8:56pm.

Ashley Spears wrote: We are near Rock Creek Camp, does anyone know if this are is in the clear or not? We are in Dallas and dont really have a contact other than this great website!! THANKS again, Pondera Properties!!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:00pm.

Jeff Tucker wrote: Looking for info on point east of house with Texas flag on it around hog bend.We have two story with tan metal roof on Tucker point.And thank allof you for info this sight has been very helpful.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:02pm.

Randy Roberts wrote: Reports received on Goldern Cove are good so far...Resident went by boat and electricity is still intact.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:08pm.

Mike wrote: Any word on GB Condos?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:09pm.

ronnie carlson wrote: i have house at cliffs any news

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:11pm.

Mike wrote: Any word about Lacy Rd?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:11pm.

Karen LeVasseur wrote: Can anyone give a recent report on Gaines Bend?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:15pm.

Klip Weaver wrote: The cove with the Texas Flag is good. I own lot 19 on the point and also three lots back in Long Hollow. I had a report this afternoon from a fellow that went by in a boat that all of the houses in Long Hollow and all of the houses in the cove near marker 41-43 are good. Many houses from east of that point sustained heavy damage.

So far so good for that area. Lone camp stated that the fire back in October probably saved us.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:18pm.

Klip Weaver wrote: As of this evening, Tuckers Point is still standing. Don't know how but you are hangning in there brother!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:19pm.

Alyssa wrote: Anyone have any info on lot 61 in hog bend little shack with a green roof?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:19pm.

Mike wrote: Thank you Marsha for the update.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:20pm.

Lindsay wrote: Volunteer fire fighter friend just called to tell me Hells Gate homes burning or will be burned both sides of water. Huge flames moving out of control. Roy Davis fighting to save Leuchenbach. Trees burning next to Bluff Creek Villas right now. Will see if stucco and tile is enough defense!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:21pm.

Amy & James McCullough wrote: Thanks Klip for letting us know how Long Hollow is doing. We have been wondering all day if our homes were safe. Thanks for the information.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:25pm.

Martha Branson wrote: Thanks so much for the updates. God Bless all of.you.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:25pm.

Robert Jordan wrote: Randy Roberts...if you hear of anything at Golden Cove, can you please call me? 214-878-0467. I am your neighbor...better known as "coach". I am trying to monitor the situation as closely as possible from all the posts, but do not have the luxury of having contact with anyone actually in the area.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:26pm.

Stacey Head wrote: Our place is on Chaparral Lane inside GB. This is so awful... I office in arlington, just south of 30 @ Collins. Call me if you would like to drop supplies off and I will take them. My house is i-20 and matlock area if that helps anyone.....i can also accept credit cards or paypal thru my website, 512-632-3008... prayers and thanks to firefighters, hope most homes survive... the smoke and pics are awful, we were evacuated from GB sat night at 830p....

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:26pm.

Gavin Burns wrote: Thank you so much for keeping this up to date. This is our only source of information and you're doing a wonderful job! Thank you and keep up the good work!!!! Our place is McAdams road at the north east base of the peninsula. Our thoughts and prayers are with the firefighters and those that have lost their homes and have been displaced.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:28pm.

sherry wrote: Dear Klip,

My lot is right next to yours (mine is #20). So glad to hear that those homes/cabins in the inlet
between the Texas Flag roof and marker 41 are still standing.

I will be praying for rain.

Sherry

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:29pm.

Brady wrote: Does anyone know anything about the cliffs? Has the fires moved in there? And what about the anchors away storage spaces? Thanks.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:29pm.

Jackie wrote: Thank you Klip for the update! Please let us know if you hear anything else.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:32pm.

Debbie Gossett wrote: http://www.brazos.org/pkMap.htm

This is a link to mile markers and the various lake identifiers

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:32pm.

Tanner Albert wrote: Lindsay..... Keep us posted if you hear anymore. We are the house east of the Villas.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:35pm.

Jay Delerno wrote: What is the most recent news regarding the status of the fire in Gains Bend.
Thanks
Jay

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:37pm.

Myles wrote: I work for an IT hosting company, and we can probably offer some extra hosting capability to cope with the increased traffic- please contact me @ my e-mail address.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:40pm.

Devin Holloway wrote: Don't mean to take away from the fire tragedy occurring by the lake (both sides) but if anyone has news on the Dark Canyon neighborhood south east of Graham, it'd be much appreciated. I see TXDOT has 16 now closed down that stretch toward Wildcatter. Can't get out there until tomorrow....

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:45pm.

Deb wrote: Please inform the locals who want to stay, even though the evac order is in place, that they are jeopardizing the monumental efforts of the workers who are so valiently working. To expect the local volunteer FD or law enforcement to notify and evacuate those stubborn persons is counter -roductive.

A house is a house, and while I am heartbroken for the residents who must leave, it is a small gift to the community and safety of the workers involved. That is why homeowners carry insurance.

Homeowners-please leave now so that your firefighters can concentrate on saving all-not just yours.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:48pm.

Paige Reno wrote: Per the Dallas YMCA office, all Spruce staff evacuated this weekend so there is no news out of "that camp." Anyone have an update on Camp Grady Spruce, any part of it?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:50pm.

Bill wrote: Jack says the fire on Hog Bend is moving west now towards Long Hollow

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:52pm.

Lauren wrote: The fire radar map is showing a fire on property at The Cliffs Resort near Neeleys Slough. Can anyone visually confirm this?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 9:53pm.

N Wilson wrote: Martha, God Bless you for helping with updating, around 8 or 8:30 I talked to my neighbor at hog bend, he is in the first cove on right after you go around Hog Bend point across from South D & D boat ramp and at that time we were still losing houses, in the past 3 hours we have lost 4 houses in that cove, one burning down after helicopter left, can you tell me if that is the west side you are referring to and is that update after my info came in? Thank you again!!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:01pm.

Shelley Watson Price wrote: The last info I received from my brother with B.R.A. Sportsman world was ingulfed and so is "Hells' gate. I consider his word from being directly there as a "reliable source."
God be with our fire patrols, B.R.A., and all officers serving through this disaster.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:02pm.

CHRISTI CLEMENT wrote: My family owns a house at 3227 Red Bird Rd, Is this area in danger?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:03pm.

Carmen wrote: Does anyone know what is going on INSIDE sportsman's world? A post in the blog at 9:21pm says Roy is fighting to save Lukenbach. I live with my father, right in front of (or behind?) lukenbach, on hells gate loop.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:05pm.

Michael Tongate wrote: Thank you so much for this web site, I live in Kansas city and this is the only source of info we have. My brothers and sisters and I own lot 111 (Hogs Bend) right down from pearches slough. any info would be great. God bless Thanks from the Tongate cabin

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:07pm.

Leslie wrote: Lauren, can you share link to "fire radar map"?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:08pm.

Katharine wrote: Here is the link to the fire radar map from Wunderground: http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?sat=1

make sure nothing is selected on the lower left except "fires", and uncheck the "display smoke" option or else you can't see anything.

To echo Lauren's question - any update from inside the Cliffs?

The latest weather models give no chance of rain until Wed (i'm an atmospheric scientist so that's the first place I went!).

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:12pm.

Al Cannan wrote: Copy this to your browser
http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/?lat=32.88535&lon=-98.52058&zoom=11&type=map&units=english&rad=0&wxsn=0&svr=0&cams=0&sat=0&riv=0&mm=0&hur=0&fire=1&fire.sat=1&fire.smk=0&fire.day=0&fire.day=7&fire.hrmin=0&fire.hrmax=24&fire.opa=70&fire.mode=0&tor=0&ndfd=0&pix=0&dir=0&ads=0&tfk=0

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:14pm.

Robbie wrote: What is the fire radar map? Where do I find it? Does anyone have news on the houses in gainesbend that set on the water off of redbud circle.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:18pm.

Steve wrote: N Wilson, can you provide mile markers (or lot numbers) for the homes you mentioned that have been lost on Hog Bend?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:18pm.

Bill morris wrote: God Bless everyone that is out there helping. Thanks so much.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:23pm.

Brian wrote: What is the word on the storage units East of groves on P36 and West of the go-cart track.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:23pm.

Briana wrote: Do you know Fox Hollows condition? Is it okay, is it in danger? Thank you!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:25pm.

Rebecca wrote: Our family place is waterfront at Point 101 located on Roushey Lane off of Park Road 16 and Hummingbird Lane. Any news of the homes in that area?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:27pm.

Briana wrote: Do you know Fox Hollows condition? Is it okay, is it in danger? Thank you! We live on rose ln., do you think our house is fine!?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:28pm.

CG wrote: Can someone please confirm whether or not all the homes in Hell's Gate have been destroyed? There have been a few contradicting posts within the last couple hours. Thanks.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:28pm.

Lindsay wrote: Roy Davis and Jay have left Sportsman world. Villas still standing at 10:07. May have left due to no Elec. Just don't know. Fire should have passed though. Marina still good too. Shawn Easter is there and posting on Facebook but I'm getting thru third party

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:29pm.

Johnny huddlestton wrote: Any more news on Roy, I know he's still there. Pray foot him.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:30pm.

John wrote: Looks like we all need to see how we can help stop or reduce this kind of fire danger moving forward, talk to our HOA talk about cedar and brush control, more signs with burn band, education, look at highline wire problems, we need to organized fund raisers to help Local VFD. It not what happins to use its what we do next.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:32pm.

Margaret Hawkins wrote: Morrison has a home on Forum Circle on eastside near mr C convenience store any info

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:35pm.

dee barnes wrote: Does anyone know what the conditions are in The Cliffs

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:37pm.

please think wrote: Can folks stop asking about specific residences? I mean seriously, try to learn about your area and hope for the best.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:37pm.

Judy wrote: One of the network stations scrolled across the bottom of the screen '90% of the state park is burned'. Does anyone know if that's true?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:38pm.

Catherine C wrote: I've heard from a fire-fighter that my family's cabins just south of mile marker 37 on the East side of Hog Bend were seen standing at 4 p.m. But the posting from N. Wilson concerns me. May God protect all the rescue workers! -Thank you, the Nelms/Sladovnick/Johns Family

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:41pm.

Morgan wrote: I've saw a prior post that said the Bluff Creek Villas had surrounding fire in the trees. My parents have a condo at the Escapes, which is very close to there. I was just wondering if anyone can confirm whether this fire has moved Westward towards the Bluff Creek Marina and the nearby condos. Please, if anyone has current info, pass it along. It would be greatly appriciated. Stay safe everyone...I am praying for this to end...

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:46pm.

Eileen wrote: A friend in Hell's Gate has been told her house is gone by a 3rd party. She is accepting that as fact.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:50pm.

Ralph Sells wrote: Does anyone know if we can bring in supplies for the firefighters? Is there a centralized drop center? Do they need anything specific beyond water? How can we help?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:52pm.

Carmen wrote: Talked to Roy Davis's sister. He thinks he saved the house, said he won't know much else til morning. i'm about to contact Shawn E.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:55pm.

CC Roy wrote: Any news on the north end by Convenience C 4 way stop? God bless the firefighters and all volunteers.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:56pm.

Mark wrote: Are all of the storage units gone along Highway 16?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:58pm.

Erik wrote: To 'please think'...if you have a residence out there, I'd hope you'd be concerned about it. Obviously, everybody is concerned about the entire situation, but you can't blame people for being human. We all want to know what has become of our homes. Please try to understand that. Thanks!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 10:59pm.

Joseph P wrote: Any information on Lake Shore Loop in GB would be greatly appreciated. Specifically Firewheel/Cardinal cove area, if possible. Thank you so very much.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:00pm.

Jay Turner wrote: to make in kind donations of food and supplies for firefighters, who would we contact for info?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

courtney wrote: Robbie, last I heard, at about 7:30pm today the fire was around oak and cedar, which a little ways down from rosebud circle, our house is on agarita so i'm also wondering how the fire has progressed since then

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:01pm.

Lindsay wrote: Bluff Creek marina is Ok. Villas Ok. Roy D has left and his house is OK. I have no reason to believe the Escape condos were damaged. Shawn reported leaving by boat with no fire on the marina point. Take a deep breath and start again tomm!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:04pm.

beth kelly wrote: Regarding homes on east shore of Hog Bend facing boy scout / YMCA camp...after researching the information and maps, we have determined that our area is near mile marker 37. We own the property originally built by the Tongate's (it is a blue house). Does anyone have information on this area? Our neighbor is Charles on the north and Ernie on the south. We are just north of the cove that has reports of 4 home burned. We also heard a report that the homes to the north of us on the point of Hog Bend burned as well. In other words, we have confirmation that homes on both sides of us have burned and we were wondering about the homes in between. Also, have the fires burned out on Hog Bend? If so, is there a chance that it could all start up again tomorrow?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:08pm.

N Wilson wrote: Steve, sorry for the delay, I had to find my map of lots, lord help me that i dont post something inaccurate. Micheal Tongate, I am hoping you are actually lot 104 on the other side of Floyds, Im on 106. and Floyd is Lot 105. Terri on lot across from me confirmed that Lot 110 is gone, which i have on my lot map as being Donnas house on the point to the east of us and her daughter confirmed that home perished, Lot 108 gone,which is two down to the west of mine, confirmed by neighbor, my lot is 106 which only had fire behind it and as of 8:15 the a-frame had just went (dont know lot #). He mentioned another house (do not know lot #) is gone next to home inside the cove and im sorry i cant confirm that lot #. He stated that he has been fighting fires in his yard all day. Praying hard that our neighbors in that cove are staying safe and knowing when to let it go. God Bless them and keep them safe as they are trying to save there neighborhood and for any and everyone, as we are all family!! Just FYI, I am hearing this from neighbor and I am not at the lake, pacing like the rest of us, we will get there and when we do, we will do what we need to do to help each other, as Possum Kingdom lovers always do! God Bless!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:10pm.

JJ wrote: How is the Whataburger?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:13pm.

NWilson wrote: Steve, sorry for the delay, I had to find my map of lots, lord help me that i dont post something inaccurate. Micheal Tongate, I am hoping you are actually lot 104 on the other side of Floyds, Im on 106. and Floyd is Lot 105. Terri on lot across from me confirmed that Lot 110 is gone, which i have on my lot map as being Donnas house on the point to the east of us and her daughter confirmed that home perished, Lot 108 gone,which is two down to the west of mine, confirmed by neighbor, my lot is 106 which only had fire behind it and as of 8:15 the a-frame had just went (dont know lot #). He mentioned another house (do not know lot #) is gone next to home inside the cove and im sorry i cant confirm that lot #. He stated that he has been fighting fires in his yard all day. Praying hard that our neighbors in that cove are staying safe and knowing when to let it go. God Bless them and keep them safe as they are trying to save there neighborhood and for any and everyone, as we are all family!! Just FYI, I am hearing this from neighbor and I am not at the lake, pacing like the rest of us, we will get there and when we do, we will do what we need to do to help each other, as Possum Kingdom lovers always do! God Bless!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:15pm.

JJ wrote: How is the Whataburger? I have not heard anything.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:15pm.

David wrote: Does anybody have any information on the anchors aweigh storage on hwy 16?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:17pm.

Chris G wrote: Anything on the northeast part of Gaines Bend? Robin Lane / Cardinal Cove?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:18pm.

Marinell Turnage wrote: To answer Jay Turner - This was posted (above) earlier today: Jackie Fewell wrote:
Water and food donations should be taken to the Graford ISD please. Please see posting on Fire Report page for details on what's needed. ~ JF
Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:38 AM.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:18pm.

Linda Draper wrote: I am passing this info on:
A water and Gatorade drive for Possum Kingdom Lake fire fighters will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Women’s Center of Richardson, TX at 515 Custer for those who wish to donate supplies to the firefighters.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:23pm.

Koby Rogers wrote: As of now, whataburger and anchors aweigh storage buildings have not burnt.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:26pm.

Dee wrote: How can I find out what the conditions are in The Cliffs.. I would appreciate any information that you have

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:28pm.

Tanner wrote: Thank You Lindsay for the information..... I know Jay and Roy are worn out, and glad they got out! And God Bless these men and women fighting these fires!! Truly Heroes..... We pray they stay safe!

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:31pm.

Renda wrote: If there is anyone, anywhere, who might be able to get two pups out of a home in Gaines Bend that is on the water please contact me at 9403284877 for more information. We have tried for (4) days to get in and were not allowed to do so. It is like having your kids left behind and no one will help. It is my understanding the Humane Society was called, the Sheriff's Department was called for the last four days, prior to the evacuation requirement, and the Brazos River Authority.
Please pray that the pups are okay and anyone who can get to them please do so.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:32pm.

Jean Cofer wrote: We have the 2nd house on the left on Bluff Creek Point ( just past the condos )on the cliff in SW (the octagon house w/green roof). Can anyone give me an update please?

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:32pm.

Carmen wrote: My parents are at the cliffs and I have heard no news, but they say no news is good news... I will post if that changes.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:32pm.

Bart Roberts wrote: To Linda Draper, if you need assistance getting the donations to PK area please let me know. I have a truck and am happy to make a delivery for you.
I can be reached at 214-460-7474

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:34pm.

Emily McKelvain wrote: Thanks so much for this website. My folks have a place at The Cliffs, and we really appreciate the information sharing from everyone here. God bless the firefighters and everyone affected by these awful fires. I'm in Lubbock and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the area.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:36pm.

Peggy wrote: Please, someone post some info on Gaines Bend. Nobody has posted anything except the new spec house burned.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:37pm.

Will wrote: Anyword on Robin Ln area in GB? Thanks in advance.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:37pm.

dee wrote: Camen.. I thought everyone was out of The Clifffs. We have a home on Cliffs Drive close to the marina.. I cannot find out anything about what is going on there

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:39pm.

john wrote: I just can't see how the cliffs aren't getting it right now. Just a guess :<

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:41pm.

Robert T wrote: After being in sportsmansworld from about 2:30 till about 8:30 with fIre crews, I just wanted to pass along some info that may answer a few questions. Whataburger was fine and in no immed danger when I left. The storage body's on 16 just n of sw were fine too. Most of hideaway cabins were in tact miraculously as the fire blew right past them. The marina area seemed ok at that time, but there was still fires burning on set ranch across from and to the west. The bad news is that MOST homes, including my own, that front hells gate cove or view hells gate itself from both sides (hells gate loop and drive) , were destroyed. Not EVERY, but most as I personally witnessed were either already gone or fully involved. When we do get back in to access things, you will not recognize the addition any more. I'm sorry for the bad news and wish Gods speed to everyone.

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:49pm.

Dee wrote: Camen... We have a home in The Cliffs on Cliffs Drive close to the marina.. I cannot find out anything about what is going on there. I thought everyone had to leave. If you hear something please let me know

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:50pm.

Jim wrote: Does anyone know about the Bill Belding Ranch across the road from Gaines bend. Is it ok,thanks

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:57pm.

stacey wrote: im so sorry your dogs have been left behind.... how did that happen? my mom had my dogs with her in GB on sat but when she evacuated at 830pm she took them with her...i hope you get your dogs... theres so much smoke and flames, hard to think anyone can get close by water and def not by land....they may have found a way out, animals do that when scared

Posted on Monday, April 18th, 2011 at 11:59pm.

Paige Reno wrote: Thanks, Linda, for posting the water and Gatorade drive, and to the organizer. We are in Richardson, but we have family in Graham, they have a lakehouse at PK, and the YMCA and Camp Grady Spruce are near to our hearts. We will most definitely pass along the collection information. Blessings and thanks to those fighting the fires. Prayers of safety/protection for all.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:01am.

Carli wrote: Does anyone know the status of the houses across from the rec center in sportsmans world????????

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:06am.

Sandra Bankhead wrote: I'm keeping up with the fire location through the satellite on www.ponderapk.com. I see the blaze marker inside The Cliff's not far from Neely's Slough. Does anyone else see this? Be sure to click off the smoke and perimeter options for a better view.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:15am.

Linda Draper wrote: Bart Roberts,
I picked the information about the water and Gatorade drive for Possum Kingdom Lake fire fighters that will be held from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the First Women’s Center of Richardson, TX at 515 Custer from the following site:
www.dfw.cbslocal.com
I am not sure who is organizing it. I live in Plano just off Custer and I plan to go over there in the morning. My guess is, whoever is planning this will be thrilled to have help with delivery.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:20am.

Shane Hartman wrote: Does anyone know anything about Bob White Bluffs (where our home is) or Neely's slough? It looks like a fire has started in Neely's Slough on the map.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:20am.

Angela wrote: The fire map has a fire right in the middle of The Cliffs condos right now. Can anyone confirm exactly where this is, how bad the flames are, and whether property is destroyed yet? We own a unit directly on the cliff overlooking the peninsula.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:21am.

KAY LYNN BRIDGES GISD TRUSTEE wrote: Graford ISD and Graford VFD is central for supplies. Most bottled water being delivered straight to Graford VFD station to be delivered to firefighters. GISD and their wonderful staff and community members prepared around 400 burgers and lasagna dinners for the firefighters this evening with donations from generous people all over. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will also be prepared tomorrow again by GISD staff and several locals making generous donations of food and time. The generosity of the Graford-PK community and so many from outside the area gives us continued faith in humanity. Supplies coming in from east needing a central location may contact Bubba Lusk of Dump Truck Service in MW located on Hwy 337 just outside of MW or call (940)445-4824. Thank you Pondera for a much needed accurate service and God Bless the firefighters and law enforcement. Please don't make their jobs any harder.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:36am.

Tanner wrote: Jean Cofer: My Dad talked to Roy and he said our place was ok...we are your neighbor next to the Villas. I'd think you are good as well.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:37am.

Brett wrote: Is there any way that we can get some photos posted of the Hell's Gate area tomorrow to see what the damage looks like? I have heard that the Texas flag house was on fire, it would be nice to see or hear about what Monday night's fire ingulfed.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:38am.

Carli wrote: Does anyone the status of the homes across from the rec center in sportsmans world???????

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:38am.

Melissa Allen wrote: Reported from Risty Allen in Gaines Bend..Oak Hill Lane...ALL Houses directly in this cove (first cove out of Hell's Gate) are still untouched by fire... at this time. 1:00 am. 4-19-11..We are Lot 254 if that helps.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:11am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Regarding the William Belding ranch - we have heard nothing. Given our understanding of the fire's path, we do not believe this was involved tonight. ~JF

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:32am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: We have not heard of any loss in Bobwhite Bluffs or Neeley's Slough tonight. ~JF

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:33am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Regarding Gaines Bend - we know there were two homes lost in the Mockingbird / Swallow Cliffs area, and one more on Blue Jay (although we believe one more there is likely). The home under construction in the new Rawhide subdivision was also lost. The damage in Gaines Bend was primarily after dark and it is difficult to know more without eyewitnesses available and with so much smoke. Hopefully we'll know more tomorrow. ~JF

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:38am.

stacey wrote: so what about lake shore loop? chaparral? bluebonnet? agarita? i cant get the firemap to reflect anything current, states it is set to 5pm on 4/17.....

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:47am.

Dee wrote: we have a home in the cliffs...is there a fire there

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:36am.

Michael sanchez wrote: Hi I work at camp constantin and I was see if anyone had any info on the camps. Also the staff at constantin is collecting food and stuff and taking it out there.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:38am.

Laurie wrote: Thank you Robert T for your information regarding homes in Hell's Gate. We are also homeowners, just down from the Texas house on Hell's Gate Drive. Can't sleep tonight. May we all grow stronger & wiser from this disaster. Prayers go out to Gaines Bend & Cliffs residents.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:58am.

Jean Cofer wrote: Tanner. Thanks so much for the info.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:17am.

Bill and Connie McPherson wrote: LOT 114 east side Hog Bend across from green water pump station with white lattice around front porch...also yellow A-frame next door on point just to the north (belonging to Allan Hicks)...then my brother John McPherson's green house with long dock (next to Jack Tongate's place)...God Bless Us All!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:19am.

Kim M wrote: Does anyone have an update on The Canyons on PK in Sportsman's World or The Villas, Paradise, Escape?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:48am.

Allie Witten wrote: Jack Minter was in Sportsmans World after the fire rushed through there. He went onto my property to report that my house was nothing but a foundation and 2 metal chairs and he seems to think that is the case with most everything inside Hells Gate Loop. From his report, Dean Stokes, and Mike Powell, it sounds like SW got hit hard last night and is mostly just the Marina and a couple houses on the cliff line.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:16am.

michelle wrote: Rick & I were at the command center in Graham last night. The fruit and bottled water that has been donated was a feast for the firefighters! I was thrilled to see the response. So thanks to everyone. This has been a huge community effort.

I'm sure pictures will pour in today so I will wait to see about 1021 Pecan Ridge in Gaines Bend - the beige house with the Caribbean Stick figures and a sailboat mast for a flag pole. Whether its standing or not I want to thank the firefighters for their efforts and hope everyone is safe today. Michelle.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:27am.

Bart Roberts wrote: Linda Draper, after your visit to the collection site in Richardson, call me and let me know if I can assist getting the water and gatorade delivered to Graford. 214-460-7474.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:29am.

Koby Rogers wrote: We are heading to Sportmans World right now to assess the damage. I will send updates on SW, GB, The Cliffs, and The Ranch as I can.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:42am.

Scott Wilson wrote: Jackie - Many, many heartfelt thanks to you for your tireless reporting on this situation. You have been the only consistent source of updated information for all of us, and I know we are all deeply grateful. God bless the firefighters on the front lines. Looks like today will be another tough one. Scott

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:49am.

Chris Johnson wrote: There was a report early last night from Charles Spradley on Caddo Creek that he was on site and fire was moving back up the ridge behind homes on Brandy Rd but nothing from that are since. Charles, hope you are okay if you are still there. Any report?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:56am.

Terry wrote: Welcome back Jackie, hope you got some rest last night. Are you at the lake or in Mineral Wells?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:57am.

Russell D wrote: Any status update for Caddo Bay area?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:11am.

Dan wrote: Does anyone have an update on the fire that was behind the savings and loan bldg across from Mr C's and if it is out and/or how the willows and ponderosa condos are faring?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:13am.

Marinell Turnage wrote: Scott Wilson expressed perfectly how we all feel. Jackie - Many, many heartfelt thanks to you for your tireless reporting on this situation. You have been the only consistent source of updated information for all of us, and I know we are all deeply grateful. God bless the firefighters on the front lines. Looks like today will be another tough one.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:19am.

Laurie wrote: Any update this morning on the homes on the waterfront inside Hell's Gate cove? We own the red house with the silver roof. God bless the firefighters! Thank you!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:25am.

Karen LeVasseur wrote: Could someone that is checking on Gaines Bend please check on the Firewheel area (specifically the yellow house all the way up in the cove)? Thank you.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:34am.

Valerie wrote: I briefly saw that someone was taking up a collection from Southlake. Is that correct? Where can I get info on that?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:51am.

Michael Tongate wrote: N. Wilson we are the cabin next to Donnas and I did here that it burned down and I also heard that the little green cabin on the other side of us burned as well. NOT GOOD NEWS FOR THE TONGATE CABIN!!!!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:53am.

Cindy wrote: Our heartfelt thanks and prayers go out to all the firefighters, law enforcement, support crews and everyone doing anything they can to assist in this effort -- we are all blessed to belong to such a community of wonderful friends. Pondera and Lake Country Sun have been incredible providing data -- much more so than any local news station has. God Bless everyone.
Has anyone heard any update on the Hills above PK (on Hwy 16) this morning?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:55am.

Beth Cavazos wrote: I second Marinell Turnage's post. We have had our cabin at PK for over 50 years and this is definitely difficult for us not to be there. I hope all of the firefighters stay safe and will let us all know if something is needed. I also want to thank all of you who are there and letting the rest of us know how things are going. God bless all of the firefighters! Thank you!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:55am.

beth kelly wrote: Wondering about the homes on the east shore of Hog Bend around mile marker 37? Does anyone have information or photos regarding this area? We are just north of the cove that had several house burn.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:59am.

Renda wrote: The dogs were left after going to Mineral Wells on Friday and not being allowed back through the road blocks, is my understanding. If you would like, contact me, and I can have the homeowner call you if you would like to get a more detailed events. This breaks my heart. Our animals should be as important as people. I am not condemning, I simply don't understand.

I am thankful and most greatful to the firefighters, including those not associated with a department, willing to go to the front line as they are "the heros".

Thank you to all the law enforcement personnel. I am most greatful they put their lives on the line for us on a daily basis. Coming from a law enforcement family and firefighting family, I know first hand the sacrifices they afford us.

May God continue to protect and guide each of the "front line" personnel and comfort each of you who have lost your possessions.

Pray for rain and understanding to get through this horrific event.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:02am.

bill morris wrote: You mentioned that you were headed out to access the damage. Does anyone know if they are letting people into Sportsman's World?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:03am.

Sharon wrote: Does anyone have any information on the four houses on Swallow Cliffs Trail (Parsons, Lanpher, Clarks, and the recently sold home)?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:05am.

Sandy wrote: Is your office on the east side (by the bank) still in good shape? Our place is just down the road on Hummingbird - when we left Sunday there was so much ash it looked like it had snowed. I'm just wondering if the embers are reaching our area. Thanks so much for your posts!!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:09am.

Terry wrote: I don't think you can get to SW, 16 is still closed as of 7:45

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:17am.

Kristen Lowe wrote: Valerie -- I am taking up donations in Southlake. Central Market donated 6 cases of fruit & I am taking them to Graford tomorrow. I also plan to be at Starbucks (1709/White Chapel) from 8:30-9:45 to collect donated supplies. Please contact me at 469-964-2380. Thanks!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:26am.

Jean Cofer wrote: I received a text last night (approx midnight) saying that about 90 % of SW was burned or burning and they were pullin the firefighters out. Does anyone know if thats true? Sounds like the marina, Villas at Bluff Creek and the houses just past the Villas are safe (or were last night). Anything new? These firefighters and law enforcement guys (and gals) are incredible. God Bless them ALL! And God Bless Roy and Jay for staying to the bitter end...they always have.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:30am.

Catherine C wrote: Beth Kelly, Michael Tongate, and N. Wilson--- My Aunt has heard from a man in the first cove on the eastern shore of Hog Bend. The house on the southern most point of the cove has burned but my family's cabins just to the north of the cove--just south of mile marker 37-- is okay. He man did confirm that some houses further north on the peninsula's eastern shore have burned. I pray your homes are safe. I pray all homes and workers are safe...

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:30am.

Robert Payne wrote: We just heard Robin Lane in Gaines Bend was engulfed and firefighters have let it go.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:32am.

Eileen wrote: Looking for info on 3 houses on Hell's Gate DRIVE. Specifically, Geitgey, Glasscock., and Alamo House.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:35am.

Glen & Martha Branson wrote: Is there any news regarding Sandbar - Golden Cove.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:36am.

Tim wrote: I am sorry for everyone's losses. I know exactly how the people who lost everything are feeling. Back in november my family and i watched our house burn to the ground. The road to rebuilding is going to be long and hard but it can be done. I have called on some of my contacts to set forth a clean up effort. I am trying to get big dumpsters for debris,equipment,manpower. I know it's hard to think about clean up at this point but it will take a while to get this all set in place. As soon as they open roads i am bringing some of my contacts to see if we can find a "central" location and to talk to people to see what all is needed. If you have any ideas or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time. I welcome all calls and texts. GOD BLESS.
Tim
940.765.9124

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:37am.

Joe Knust wrote: Any news on GB for the following homeowners: Blakey (#190), Bickley (Standing Cypress), and Wilks (Blue Jay)
Any news on SW for the following homeowners: Blahitka and Malone (Hells Gate Loop)

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:41am.

Jon & Darla Skillman wrote: We just moved into SW in November 2010, have the house next to Jim Brumbelow. Any news on our homes? We are just up Hell's Gate Loop.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:43am.

Stacy Lewis wrote: Do you have any information on the Bob White Bluffs area that is accessed through the Cliffs?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:45am.

Julie wrote: Does anyone know anything about Camp Constantin and Camp Grady Spruce. Looking at Wunderground.com it looks like there are fires there.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:45am.

Paige windham wrote: Family was forced to evacuate the cliffs yesterday. Before they left they took a ten second video of the view from the cliffs looking over Gaines bend towards sportsmans world. I will happily forward it to you if you email me at paige4322@yahoo.com. I will warn you, it doesn't leave much hope if your home is in that area. We have a home in Gaines bend on the water. Based on these images, we assume it was lost in the night.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:45am.

Addison wrote: Has anyone heard if they could save Chaparral Ln? My grandparents own the big blue house on the very edge.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:47am.

Jeff Bergman wrote: My parent's house is the orange tiled house on the point of the cliff between Hell's Gate and overlooking Bluff Creek Marina. I am in Corpus Christi and am getting no information on the local news. Can anyone tell me anything about that area? The house is on Lakeview Point Dr. in Sportsman's World. Thanks....

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:47am.

Linda Draper wrote: Is there news about the Bend Condos in Gaines Bend?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:49am.

Julie wrote: Does anyone know anything about Camp Constantin and Camp Grady Spruce. Looking at Wunderground.com it looks like there are fires there but I have not heard it from any other sources.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:52am.

Shirley Garrett wrote: Can anyone confirm whether homes are still standing on Hells Gate Loop?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:53am.

A McCormick wrote: For those of you going back in, here is a website about what to do and look for after a wildfire
http://www.newson6.com/story/14397873/what-to-do-after-a-wildfire-has-impacted-your-home?redirected=true

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:56am.

Jason wrote: I just spoke with my parents and there are a few house standing on the Hells gate loop cliff line

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:00am.

Michelle wrote: A McCormick: Thank you for the safety information. Everyone please be advised the roads are still closed and everyone needs to stay out so the firefighters and authorities can continue to work.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:04am.

John Willbanks wrote: any word on the houses on Jowell Creek on east side of creek against rock ledge

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:08am.

Pam Kinkema wrote: What is the second church that was destroyed? I can't seem to find info this morning other than 2 churches have been destroyed....

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:12am.

Jason B wrote: Hey Robert Payne, where did you hear about Robin Lane being engulfed and let go by the firefighters? Just trying to confirm this for concerned parties. 1006 Robin Lane.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:14am.

Danielle Sweat wrote: My family has a home in Gaines Bend in Blue Bonnett Circle. Someone from a boat this morning said that our home and several others are still standing. Our house faces the north, large two story with stone. On the other side of the cove we know we lost two for sure. God Bless our fire fighters and the ones who lost their homes.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:16am.

Renda wrote: I cannot blog to the timeline page but thank you to whomever is getting Donna's dogs. She is on the line with me and ask that I tell you thank you. Please contact her with where she can pick them up from you or where she needs to be for the transfer. Doc and Sugar will be really scared but they are such tiny beautiful little pups. Our prayers were answered. Thanks so much again.

Please tell us if there is anything we can do to assist with gloves, food, water, etc. We will be glad to drive it in. Let us know.

Thanks again. God Bless.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:16am.

Michelle wrote: We just had confirmation that we lost our house on Redbud Circle last night (sorry, can't remember lot #)...not sure about the rest of the cove.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:20am.

Robert Payne wrote: @jason B: My dad got a phone call from a neighbor that lives on Robin Lane...He had to escape via boat...also word from Harbucks confirm same message...

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:21am.

Tracy R wrote: I second Jason B's question to Robert Payne - we're on Robin Lane as well. We're thinking our homes are most likely gone, but want to confirm.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:23am.

Jodie wrote: Any information about area around Game Warden's Cove and Ellis-Sodd Rd.? Are there any fires burning in that area?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:29am.

Steven H wrote: Just spoke to Linda Johnson and the Cliffs is still OK. Nothing has burnt in the Cliffs.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:30am.

Jon & Darla Skillman wrote: Jon works at the Cliffs and has been talking to Donnie, the Cliffs is okay, only a small fire in Phase 12 last night and that was put out quickly. Everything good there!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:31am.

JonAnn Welch wrote: Does anyone know if any hangars or vehicles burned at the sportsman world airport?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:31am.

Deb wrote: Any update on the fire reported this AM on Brackeen Dr. between Split Rail Ranch and The Cliffs?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:35am.

Marsha wrote: We are far away but have good friends in your community. Is there anyway for us to perhaps make a contribution to help. A donation to the firemen or something...Has anything been set up and where can we find the address.
Thank you and you are all in our prayers.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:36am.

Penny Ranft wrote: I have friends who are trying to leave the west side and head to metroplex. Anyone know what roads are closed or which way they should go to get out of there?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:37am.

Robbie wrote: Michelle what is your address.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:40am.

Bryson Pogson wrote: Just wanted to follow up on the questions about Robin Lane in Gaines Bend, we are at 1016 next to the Clark's beautiful new home on the Hummingbird cove side, and are anxiously awaiting an update. If anyone has any info to pass along, it would be greatly appreciated. I cannot say enough to those of you who have stayed behind and taken some risk to provide your fellow neighbors with information. Thank you!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:41am.

Susan wrote: Marsha, there is a link on the Pondera home page where you can donate to the fire fighters. Thx.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:45am.

Renda wrote: I must correct a typo/misspoken day. It was Saturday that Donna could not get past roadblocks not Friday. Sorry for the error.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:45am.

Michelle wrote: The dogs have been rescued from Gaines Bend home!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:46am.

Chris G wrote: I am down a little ways on Robin at 1028 Robin, Jane and Harvey Nauerts old place. Lot 32. If anyone knows anything, PLEASE pass on....

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:48am.

Pam Kinkema wrote: Marsha, This website has a link on the main page to make a contribution. They raised over $25K yesterday. Every donation is greatly appreciated and very much needed.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:48am.

Renda wrote: Praise God and God Bless whomever went in. Where can they be picked up?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:49am.

cj klausner wrote: does anyone have any info on mt community located on the east side known as "the hills". Thanks and god bless to all......

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:00am.

Diane Nilsson wrote: Thank you for this informative site. Can you tell me if the fires reached down to the Lakeshore Marina? I have a home next door to them. Any info would be great!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:02am.

Rick Beeson wrote: Have a house on Mesquite Ridge Lot#193. The house has blue metal roof and blue elevator to boat dock with blue roof. Does anyone know status? Thanks to all firemen & everyone thats fighting these fires! BE SAFE!!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:03am.

Shay wrote: possum hollow still okay? My family has a cabin down there.... aslo is there any volunteers needed to helo out the firemen? I would love to help.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:04am.

Morgan wrote: Marsha, the link is hard to find, but if you just copy and paste this it should get you to the donation page! http://www.ponderapk.com/Relief-Fund.php I'm praying for rain, and am so gratefull to all the firefighters and the National Guard involved--they need all the help they can get!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:05am.

WB wrote: I was wondering if there was any word on the area around the Harbor and the Slalom Shop off of 36. Thank you for all the updates and information.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:06am.

Bill Jackson wrote: Any update on Neeleys Slough? Bobwhite ?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:08am.

Concerned wrote: Does anyone know about the house s on the cliff facing west at sw

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:09am.

Sheryl Schwartz wrote: Any confirmation on Robin Ln. We are the white Austin stone house next to the Harbucks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:10am.

The Peeper Company wrote: @ Rick Beeson....we are trying to get photos of your place and neighbor #190 Brett Blakey....if we get them I will forward to you.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:12am.

Tracy P wrote: @ Shay - they are needing volunteers to help sort things out at the Bunger volunteer coordination area. I'm being told if you just go down there, they'll tell you where to go, but not sure if the roadblocks will be let up for you or not.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:14am.

Josh Harbuck wrote: Chris G... It is 99.9% confirmed our place is gone. We "were" two houses to the left of you if you are looking at your dock. I have two sources that confirm, one of whom lives across the street from us out there and had to get in his boat to go into the lake to watch and another person who personally went and said the firefighters were letting Robin Lane go because they said it was a lost cause and to dangerous. Their safety is first and foremost!!! They also said the powerlines were down causing additional problems/fires and several propane tanks were blowing up left and right! I'm so sorry to all of the families who are in the same position and lets try and stay positive. Someday we will all have a beautiful home again. But with all that said, nothing is 100% confirmed until someone gets an actual visual when all the smoke clears out.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:14am.

Cindy wrote: Could anyone going SAFELY into these areas use cell phones to video and upload? Could possibly help identify lost and saved properties.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:15am.

Deb wrote: Just found out from Lisa Hester that fire on Brackeen is being held back inside Gaines Bend at the moment.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:15am.

Jim wrote: The fire is across the road from William Beldings ranch at Gaines Bend. Has it crossed or does it look like it is going to go that way.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:16am.

The Peeper Company wrote: @Rick Beeson...we are trying to find out about that particular area right now. I will forward all information to you as I get it!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:17am.

Robin Barnes wrote: Hearing that we may have lost Our house @ 4025 Hell's Gate Loop. Can anyone confirm? Thank God for Roy, Jay, all the firefighters and this website.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:23am.

Danielle Sweat wrote: We are lots 96 and 97 in GB. BlueBonnet Circle, If someone could let me know what's going on there I would greatly appreciate it!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:24am.

Justin S wrote: Are things calming down or are they still raging? Has the wind picked up again?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:25am.

Cindy Morton wrote: My family has a condo at The Harbors. I just spoke to Carla Price at the PK fire station and she mentioned that the firemen would appreciate snacks that they can take in the truck with them and eat on the go. I will be headed out today to take peanut butter crackers, cupcakes, chips, cookies and other snacks. I'll be at Sam's in SW Fort Worth off Bryant Irving at 1:15 pm then going out there. I've read lots of notes about wanting to help! My pay pal account is mellissamorton@gmail.com Any money I don't spend on their snacks, from the account, will be 100% donated to the PK fire department. 817-991-9687cell

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:25am.

N Wilson-PRAYING wrote: Once again, I could not say it too many times.. Thank you and may God be with everyone and everything around or in the front line of this nightmare, alot of residence from East side of Hogs Bend are hoping for updates..mile markers 35-39, thank you...

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:28am.

Sheryl Schwartz wrote: I just received call from Kevin Christopher who is on the lake now. He can see my house and it is okay. The Harbuck are okay as well. My house has the green roof and austin stone. Houses on either side have not burned. Fires are in the background.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:30am.

Jeff Tucker wrote: Thanks Klip Weaver for feed back on Tucker point. Does anyone have info on how we can get on the lake?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:30am.

Jan wrote: Looking for information about the house at 16S and Salem Loop. The owner is in a hospital in Wichita Falls. His wife was evacuated. And his (our) son is stationed in Pensacola.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:31am.

Sheryl Schwartz wrote: I just received call from Kevin Christopher who is on the lake now. He can see my house and it is okay. The Harbuck are okay as well. My house has the green roof and austin stone. Houses on either side have not burned. Fires are in the background.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:32am.

Williams wrote: THANKS to FF's, Volunteers, this website, Roy and Jay for all your help. Prayers go out to you all.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:35am.

AMANDA VIA wrote: DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE TONGATE CABIN HAS BURNT DOWN?? IT IS ACROSS FROM THE BOYSCOUT CAMP ON HOGS BEND. PLEASE LET ME KNOW - AMANDA VIA (TONGATE)

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:35am.

Michelle wrote: Jackie, myself and the rest of the group are working to get the most accurate information to you all. If you have been notified that a home or structure has been lost can you please identify your source of information? There has been so much mis-information provided that we will no longer be posting this information if can not be confirmed. We would be doing a dis-service to the community by posting this information.

Thank you to everyone who continues to support the firefighters and authorities out there fighting.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:36am.

John Turner wrote: Any word on The Ranch at PK. The wundermap shows a fire on property. Anybody know anything specific? Where are supplies being collected this afternoon in the Graford area? Does anybody have a drop-off address?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:40am.

beth kelly wrote: To N Wilson and Catherine C - it seem you all are our neighbors on Hogs Bend. Please feel free to contact me directly via email at beth.kelly@arlingtontx.gov. We would really like to connect with you all and discuss the status of homes on the east shore of Hogs Bend.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:40am.

Matt Russell wrote: Sheryl,

Can you confirm that the house on on the corner of Robin Lane is there or gone? We have the dock with the sailboat and the rock wall out front. We are two houses down from George Tucker. Also, my cousins have a house next door to us(two story). Any news is greatly appreciated. Godbless

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:41am.

Craig Troop wrote: Any news re the homes on Song Bird Cove?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:42am.

David Walker wrote: My house is at 7029 Hell's Gate Loop in Sportsman's World. Does anyone know if it is still standing?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:43am.

Shawna wrote: Can anyone tell us about PK Speeway.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:43am.

Mike Tilson wrote: There are so many conflicting stories. Does anyone really now about the situation of the homes in Gaines Bend between Possum Point and the cliff line going to Hells Gate?
Thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:48am.

Lindsay wrote: Mary and Tim Bilberry confrimed they lost there house in Sportmans World. It was located on the cliff line about 200 yds west of the pavillion. A water truck driver in Sportsmans World has confirmed seeing the condos and marina still in tact and standing at Bluff Creek Marina.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:48am.

Courtney F wrote: Our house is on Possum Trail, right off of Bluebonnet Circle in Gaines Bend. Any news on those homes? Thanks for any information.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:49am.

Shelby wrote: The map is showing fires around the boy scout camp and Grady Spruce. Any confirmation on what's going on in these areas? Thank you so much for all you are doing!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:50am.

Kim Talbert wrote: Still have no news about any of the homes down Bluff Creek past the marina. Please post if anyone knows anything. Thanks--

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:51am.

Bill & Laurie Miller wrote: To Kyle Walker (and others)--our house is the next one after the Glasscocks coming out toward Hells Gate--can you tell us anything--thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:51am.

Dennis Dial wrote: My house is in the very back of Cardinal Cove next to the park...I am not holding out much hope but if anyone can confirm its existence or nonexistence, its just finished major remodel with metal roof and stucco...just in case anyone knows...Good luck to everyone and pray for the firefighters' safety...it's just a house.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:51am.

Richard wrote: does anyone know the status of the fire near 2353 and 36 on the hill near the bank and MR C's? i heard they were hitting the hill with tanker planes last night. my parents live on the north end and evacuated last night, any status on fires in that area would be helpful

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:53am.

Brittany wrote: Does anyone know information on the Villa Marina/Willow Beach Side near Mr Cs? particularly the Willow Beach rv park

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:55am.

Rebecca wrote: We have property located near Mr. C's. Just want to send thanks and prayers to the firemen and other volunteers helping. We are praying for everyone affected by the blazes. We are heartbroken about all the loss.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:55am.

Jennifer wrote: Can anyone confirm whether or not any of the YMCA Camp Grady Spruce camps (Main, Ray Bean or Frontier Camp) have burned or are in danger of burning?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:59am.

KimLawler wrote: Eileen, you may already knowthisbut the Alamo house is gone as well as the one to the left (from the water). So sorry. Hope this helps!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:01am.

KimLawler wrote: Eileen, you may already knowthisbut the Alamo house is gone as well as the one to the left (from the water). There is a pic of where it was (taken by Chris Hukabee) on the Possum Kingdom Facebook page!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:02am.

Lisa wrote: Has anyone heard anything about pat and hermans camp

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:06am.

Gary Nunn/ Fred Nixon wrote: We have a home in Gaines Bend: 1009 Cardinal Cove (#47) Desperate for any info Can call us @ (806) 474-6479

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:08am.

Michelle wrote: In regards to PK Speedway: As far as we know it is good and haven't heard to the contrary.

In regards to Camp Grady Spruce: As far as we know there is nothing going on over there at this time. If we can confirm information we will get it to you as soon as we know something.

Thanks!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:08am.

Robert Payne wrote: 1021 Robin Lane has been confirmed burned and so was a couple houses around. A neighbor who lives there called and said this. This is next to Jane and Harvey's place.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:09am.

Ann Pogson wrote: Matt Russell -We have the house 4 down from Tucker in the opposite direction. We would appreciate any info that you might receive and I will do the same for you. Keeping our fingers crossed and praying for the firefighters

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:11am.

Gary Nunn Fred Nixon wrote: We have a home in Gaines Bend: 1009 Cardinal Cove (#47) Desperate for any info Can call us @ (806) 474-6479

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:12am.

Melinda Wheatley wrote: Any update on the missing Firefighter on the bulldozer that was posted at approximately 1:30 PM 4/18?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:13am.

Cindy Devlin wrote: We are the log cabin with a silver roof tucked away at the back of Hell's Gate cove (6145 Hell's Gate Dr.) There is a "private road" sign at the entrance and a huge metal building in back. Does anyone know whether anything is left of our beloved home? Thank you for setting up this forum, and may God bless all the people who have been working so hard to protect our community.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:15am.

Jackie wrote: Does anyone have any updates on Long Hollow (marker 43-47)? Fire was reported there a couple of hours ago from someone on the lake and I haven't heard anything since. At the time there were just a few helicopters - no firefighters. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:16am.

Abby Dunagan wrote: Looking at the Glasscock's house from the lake, what about the houses to the right up to Jowell creek? It's Dr. Patel's house and the Willbanks'

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:16am.

Richard wrote: Any word on Mr C's convienience store on 36, or the north end of the lake airport rd area specifically?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:19am.

N Wilson Update wrote: I just got off phone with Caralyn McAurthur and Floyd called her this morning stating that the fires around our homes are out and all she confirmed is that lots 104-105-106-and 107 are standing, Terri Wilcox is also ok. Floyd will be leaving this afternoon stating he feels theres nothing else he can do, may God bless Floyd, Jim,Terri,and Mike for saving what they could!! my heart breaks for Donna and family and others that have lost everything, I will do what I can to help in any way once we get it!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:20am.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: My dad (Terry Wilcox) is still at his house on Hogg Bend. He has lot 100 and the house is still standing. Jim Gribble's house is standing also(not sure the lot number (99 maybe). Gribble is still there...that is where this info is coming from. i just talked to him about 20 minutes ago. However the A-Frame house has burned (Cecil Couch's old house). Lot 101(i think) (Patterson's old house) has also burned. Several houses on the slough have also burned. Jim said the fire has subsided a little and that most everything is already burned so hopefully if the winds kick back up this afternoon, there won't be anything left to burn. Jim also said that Donna Tyler's (on the point next to Keller's is still standing along with Kellers old house. May's house has burned but I think the Tongate house is still ok from what I gathered.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:20am.

Koby rogers wrote: I was in sportsmans world this morning. If anyone has any questions about their property, please call me. 214-334-5244

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:21am.

Kim Talbert wrote: Still haven't rec'd any news on the homes in Bluff Creek past the marina. Please post if anyone knows anything. Thanks--

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:22am.

Ron Bulman wrote: Having not rebuilt after the 88 fire that destroyed my parents home there I'm wondering about my neighbors in Long Hollow. Klip, are you Jimmy Weaver's son? Did the fire end up moving that way?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:24am.

Michael Green wrote: Hi Jackie and Michelle, I would take vacation days and come help if I thought there was something I could do. Our cabin is close to Lakeshore Marina, and I think it is OK, but I would like to volunteer to come out and help at the ranch in Graford, or any other place I may be needed. I just read from Tracy P. volunteers are needed at Bunger volunteer coordination area. Is this still the case? I would be driving in from Grapenvine.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:24am.

Scott wrote: Is there any information on 5058 Hell's Gate Loop in Sportsman's World? We are hearing conflicting reports about houses in this area. It is directly across the cove from the large A-frame house on bluff creek point. Thanks!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:25am.

Michael Clark wrote: Has there been any confirmation on 1028 Robin Ln? This is Jane and Harvey's place.Thank you everyone for the updates.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:25am.

Rick wrote: any word on the north end of the lake, airport rd or mr c's/graham savings and loan?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:26am.

Jeff wrote: Thanks to everyone for the updated information, especially thanks to those brave people out there fighting. Lindsay do you know if the water truck driver at Bluff Creek was referring just to the condos down by the water close to the marina or to the condos up on the cliff line as well?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:26am.

Sheila Dunagan wrote: any word on the houses on Jowell Creek on east side of creek against rock ledge

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:27am.

Marinell Turnage wrote: It doesn't seem as if the WunderMap is particularly accurate. The date is as of yesterday, and, depending on whether you click on North American Satellites or the MODIS World Satellites, it shows the fires in different locations. Basically, it just indicates there are fires in the area. I wouldn't rely on it to determine if a fire is directly affecting your property.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:27am.

Robin McPherson wrote: We have a small cabin on lot # 112 at Hog Bend. Wondering if it is still there? Praying for all the firefighters and their safety. Thank you for all you have done!!! Robin McPherson

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:28am.

Amy Clifton wrote: I live in Virginia and am concerned about our house on the West Side of the lake. Lots of posts about what's happening in the Hell's Gate area. Any news on the State Park area? Our front yard looks out on to the State Park and I have heard everything there is gone. We are between Sandy Beach and Possum Hollow, sort of near "Green Acres" and a deserted airport.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:31am.

Erin Corcoran wrote: Does anyone know if homes on Bluff Creek in SW, down from the marina, are still there? We have a gate with a combination lock that Palo Pinto sheriff's dept. should have, but not sure if firefighters have it or even need it at this point. Thanks to all who are working so hard. Our prayers are with you!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:35am.

Lindsay wrote: Jeff (and others needing Bluff Creek info) Shawn is sending regular info on facebook and is indicating that all condos are OK along with the marina. The Escape condos have some damage but dont know severity of it. I believe this includes the Villas of Bluff Creek along the cliff line.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:39am.

Al Cannan wrote: The weatherunderground fire map shows this morning that there are 4 fire areas on the South side part of the Peninsula where Park Road 36 dead ends. Can anyone verify that? If you choose North American Satellites the lake is scary with fires. If you chose the MODIS World Satellites it isn't quite so ominous, and there are not any fires showing up in the Peninsula area. Just trying to figure out which of the two Satellite choices to look at...

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:41am.

Will Goodwin wrote: Does anyone have an update on 1012 Robin Ln. We are to the left of the Clarks house if you are looking towards the lake. Thanks in advance, and good luck to all.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:42am.

Cindy Morton wrote: HELPING THE FIREMEN!!!! headed out at 1:15pm today taking snacks- pay pal - mellissamorton@gmail.com

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:43am.

Nick Bray wrote: You will never know what this site has done to keep our spirits from collapsing. Our home is on the Peninsula near Sandy Beach. Locking up the house and leaving Sunday evening was the most heartbreaking thing I have ever had to do. I felt so helpless. Thanks to this site, and the information provided, I have actually smiled this morning. And, thanks so much for your efforts to beneift the "Heroes of Texas".

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:46am.

Matt Talbert wrote: Can someone relay the information Shawn or anyone else has on houses up Bluff Creek? We are not getting his Facebook posts and would like information on the houses on Bluff Creek Road - this is different from the condos or marina. Thanks!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:47am.

Al Cannan wrote: And by the way, thanks to all that are helping us! From the fire fighters to the people sticking it out feeding us this information!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:47am.

Mike Peterson wrote: Highway 337 is now open between Graford (intersection of 16 & 254) and the intersection of hwy 16 up on the hill by the red & white tower. 16 south from that 337 intersection is still closed.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:48am.

Morgan Nevarez wrote: LINDSAY: please send info to me on how to get to Shawn's facebook page. I'm concerned about what you said about the Escape condos...that is where my parent's condo is. Please update when you hear anything. Feel free to email me at my firstlastname @gmail.com if you don't want to post sensitive info. Thanks so much for updating us! This is truely a blessing!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:51am.

Drew wrote: My mother lives in gains bend. Donna Lucado on red bud circle. I cant reach her. Does anyone have any news on that property?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:52am.

Stephanie wrote: Does anyone know if fires or hotdpots have gone onto Agarita Cir or Mesquite Dr in Gaines Bend? Our home is at the very tip of Gaines Bend on Agarita Cir coming around the bend facing the YMCA and other camps. Thanks in advance and thank God for the firemen and volunteers helping.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:54am.

Jean Cofer wrote: To Erin Corcoran...call 214-334-5244 (Koby Rogers) I just spoke to him and he was there in SW this morning. Has lots of info. Hope this helps.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:57am.

gigi johnson wrote: RE: BLUFF CREEK IN SW - Someone who owns a condo by the marina flew over the bluff creek area this morning and reported back that our house on Bluff Creek is still standing. We are at 1040. Of course I still want to see for myself. We are going to try to fly there this evening and will see as much as possible of the area. Please no wind shift, no new flare-up and let's get some rain! My biggest hug and deepest gratitude to Roy, Jay, Shawn and the rest of the people who where there doing their best to keep our world together. I can't wait to see you all.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:58am.

Hank Anderson wrote: I tried to make a donation on this website, through Paypal. It said that it could not confirm the address of the donee being sent the gift. Has anybody else had this problem, and how did you fix it? Let's keep the donations coming because the fuel costa and new tire costs will eat up what has already been donated. Thanks for all the donations.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:00pm.

Renda wrote: Drew....Your mom is at the spec house she is fine. The dogs have been rescued and the house at this point is intack.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:03pm.

Robert wrote: I have posted a video to Youtube that was shot last night from inside Hells Gate Cove. Maybe this is helpful to some. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s26pqfx3DSs

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:04pm.

Robin wrote: Any information on the Escape condos and which units may have damage?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:08pm.

Dustin Langford wrote: Would like to offer a room in Mineral Wells to our Firefighters from out of town. Please contact me if interested at 817-368-7408. Plenty of parking, private room with bath.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:10pm.

Kyle Dortch wrote: I was wondering if anyone has heard a status report on rock creek camp. My grandfather has the oil field yard at the entrance. We were just trying to get a status report. Thanks

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:11pm.

Randy wrote: I was at Camp Grady Spruce a few weeks ago and they have recently cleared a lot of brush. That should really help protect the cabins, dining halls and horse stables from fire.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:12pm.

Carol Allyn wrote: Does anyone know if they were able to plow the Highway 16 near Rock Creek Camp? Thanks for your help.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:16pm.

Leatha Goldsmith wrote: Wow! What an undertaking and precious service you are providing. We anxiously wait and watch for The Cliffs area where my brother has a home near the Marina. God bless you for taking your time and effort. We continue to pray for everyone in the area, knowing the stress and level of anxiety.

I am in Clyde, but would be more than happy to offer a place of respite for anyone having to leave their homes or firefighting personnel who just need a place to lay their head for a night and a cool shower.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:21pm.

Morgan wrote: ROBIN: I'm looking into the Escape condo's, too. I'll post as soon as I hear anything. So, please if you have any updated info, pass it along as well. Thanks in advance!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:22pm.

DONNA TROTTER wrote: Where are the firefighter staying to rest? Thinking about donating a room at a local hotel.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:22pm.

Jennifer Jay wrote: My name is Jennifer, we have a place at the South End of Brandy Rd in Caddo Bay. We are the 4 to 5th house before the creek entry. My parents where there on Saturday, and our place was ok, but then we heard that the fire flared back up. Can any tell us if the west end of Brandy Rd. is still ok or is it in the area that is being listed as now destroyed?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:24pm.

Beth Cavazos wrote: Beth Kelly, I am Catherine's mother and would also like to be kept in the loop. We are praying for everyone on the lake. Thank you!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:25pm.

Tracy P wrote: Just spoke with a friend who is assisting at the Young County Arena, where they have opened up thier facilities to these firefighters from other areas who are trading shifts. They're swapping out, getting some rest, and going back out again. She said that they are in need of basic necessities that include the following:

toothbrushes, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, hand soap, deodorants, basic hygiene necessities, as well as assistance with meals and replenishing consumed items. I know some folks have been making donations in the form of supplies, and have been coming from some far away places, so if it can be done, I know the volunteers and firefighters could use the help as well. For any information, feel free to call the Young County Arena at (940) 521-0434.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:29pm.

P. WEDGEWORTH wrote: Do we have any updates on Brandy Rd. Our place is at the S. end of the road near the opening of the creek.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:29pm.

sherry wrote: Daniel and I are going to meet Cindy Morton at 1:15 pm (tuesday) at Sams on Bryant Irvin (Ft Worth)to purchase food items for fire crews and such. We are meeting in a few minutes, so if any of you live close and can react quickly, please notify Cindy Morton. Her cell phone is listed above so
I feel ok about giving it out.... 817-991-9687.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:30pm.

Erin wrote: Thank you Jean! I just received info. concerning Sportsmans World from Bluff Creek/ Hell's Gate Loop to marina. Koby stated as of this morning, all structures along Bluff Creek (water) from the marina down to where the creek starts (across from the Set Ranch) were still there. He said that could easily change, so pray! When asked how I could help, the answer was "donate". He also said they are NOT letting anyone into the subdivision. Hope this helps. I will continue to update any info. I receive.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:40pm.

John Willbanks wrote: A big thank you to Kyle Walker for his recon work for all of us. A big thanks to all who are there working on behalf of those of us who cannot be there to help. Thank you Lord for those spared and peace and comfort to those who have lost so much.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:43pm.

Joyce Bazis wrote: Does anyone know WHERE in Neeley's Slough the fire is? My house in the Cliffs is VERY CLOSE to the Sough. Thanks for any information!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:46pm.

Peggy wrote: Looking for any info about the homes on Waxwing and Waxwing Cove in Gaines Bend.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:49pm.

Erin wrote: Thank you Jean! Koby was in SW this morning and said that from the Bluff Creek Marina, down the creek (across from the Set Ranch), that all houses were still there! Of course he said to continue to pray, as it could change at any time. Koby stated that donations are always welcome & needed. Any news I receive, I will post. In the meantime I will continue to pray for the fire fighters and volunteers, as well as all property owners affected by these fires.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:57pm.

Deb wrote: According to Chris Huckabee
There is a fire that has developed from a hot spot in SW. It's advancing toward Gaines Bend fairly quick. A fire line is being cut along Gaines Bend Drive right now. If it cannot be contained in SW, it will likely run up through Gaines Bend ranch and housing area again.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:58pm.

Ron wrote: I called the sherriff dept with an offer of a mule and chainsaws and was told they didn't need it. I guess I need to contact a different agency but I don't know who.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 12:59pm.

Sheila Beeson wrote: Thank you all for providing this information for everyone. I read the comments from Tim Ford about the houses along Mesquite Drive. I was wondering if there was any information about the houses along North Mesquite...ours is the Blue Elevator house with the blue metal roof.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:02pm.

David Walker wrote: Just found out that my house at 7029 Hell's Gate Loop in Sportsman's World is gone. Saw it on wfaa news.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:03pm.

Drew wrote: Thanks Renda for the information. I just got off the phone with mom.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:05pm.

Julia Hester wrote: My home is in Gaines Bend and from the current information being posted I cannot tell how close the fire is to my home. If specific places or roads could be described it would be much appreciated also the extent of the damage in Gaines Bend would also be appreciated. Thank you so much for the useful information currently being provided.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:06pm.

Gary wrote: What is the Status of the Possum Kingdom State Fishery?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:11pm.

Michelle wrote: OFFICIAL NOTICE per Johna Nicklas: Chaney Lane is being evacuated and the drop-off location is being moved to Graford ISD.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:12pm.

Rick wrote: Has there been any word on fires in the north end of the lake, airport rd, Mr. C's or graham savings and loan?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:14pm.

Cindy W wrote: I have not seen any updates about the fires at the Hills above PK, does anyone have any information, as our place is just south of there. God Bless everyone and keep them safe.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:14pm.

Dorothea Faw wrote: Looking for any information. We have a house on Hells Gate Dr. (6173). It is a white (New England Style) house with a stone patio and stone steps leading down to a large rock in the water, where a creek comes into the cove. This is just before the cove narrows to not much more than a creek.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:15pm.

Cheryle wrote: 1st let me say there are many here in Ft. Worth praying for all of you. 2nd as we are going on vacation there at SKY Camp can you tell me what are the conditions there now and how close are the fires? Please update and we will continuing praying! God Bless.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:18pm.

Joanna Pengelly wrote: Do you have any information on the area between Mr C's and Willow Beach Road?
Do you have any information on the area between North 40 and Sky Camp?
We have homes on McGinnis Point and M Anthony Loop.
Thank you for all your efforts. We appreciate it!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:23pm.

Beth Cavazos wrote: Are there still any fires on Hog's Bend? Our cabin is the one with the mailbox close to the dock.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:23pm.

Michael Dunn wrote: I have 4 chainsaws and AA batteries to donate. Do I take them to Graford ISD?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:24pm.

N Wilson wrote: Is there any drop off points located in Fort Worth Area to drop off supplies for those of us that want to help from metroplex?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:24pm.

shane hartman wrote: Any news on neelys slough fire? Bob white buffs? Thanks

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:26pm.

Ray Latham wrote: Any word on The A.R.C

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:28pm.

Terri M wrote: We have the last house on the south end of Brandy Rd in Caddo Bay (evidently close to Jennifer Jay). We were there Sat and everything was okay but now not so sure. Would appreciate any status updates for Brandy Road and the State Park.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:30pm.

Shana Lepsis wrote: We have home on Robin Lane, next door to the Gates home which was reported as being gone. Do you have any info on whether the other homes in Cardinal Cove made it?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:34pm.

C.J. hash wrote: I was wondering if anyone can please give me information on the status of my parents house which is located in G.B off Pecan Ridge. The house is at the highest point and I am concerned. Again, any information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:43pm.

Michael wrote: Jim Ford reported that the yellow home in GB on Mesquite and Pecan did not make it. My home is right beside this house on Mesquite. Any info is appreciated.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:44pm.

Mike Peterson wrote: Word earlier this am about the Hills Above Possum Kingdom are that only one home under construction burned. All other homes in the Hills are safe as of 8 AM this morning and there were no active fires in the Hills at that time. This info was from a fire fighter that drove through the Hills development this morning.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:45pm.

Stephen Kennedy wrote: My house is at 1011 North Mesquite -- it's the one with the small white-fenced sky bridge hanging out over the lake. I was there until about 3:30 yesterday and then left due to business and family needs. Does anyone have an update? If the Yellow house at Pecan and Mesquite is gone, then the fire is about one-quarter mile away based on a rough estimate using Google maps. That is so close. Any word? I can be reached at 817-683-7214 or skennedy@kcwfirm.com.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:46pm.

Michelle wrote: Aerial pictures to be loaded soon.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:47pm.

Carlene J wrote: Are the three houses still standing in Bones Bend and if so are there any fires coming toward them. Blessings to all the firefighters who are working visously to get a handle on these fires. Blessings also to all the volunteers home owners, businesses and for the PK Community. My prayers are with all of you!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:49pm.

James Coffee wrote: We would all most likely like to have film which actually shows the lake shoreline to get a more concice picture of what has been burned and what may be in trouble , We could put it on u tube . I have not seen any news outlet that has taken the time to give a good lakeside assessment of the whole problem areas. If anyone has a plane or chopper that would be able to fly the lake shore , please call me asI could get very quality moving picture information which I think everyone involved would find helpfull . James Coffee 817 596-4985 (OFFICE) 817 341-1950 , This has voice mail. We have a cabin in the Caddo area near the pump station. Thanks .

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:52pm.

Brooke wrote: My grandparents, Don and Ruth Zahns' dog Shorty is still at there home, which is considered the "old scuba point". If you can rescue him, please do so! I believe that PK will revive again more beautiful than ever. It is all so devastating - I am sincerely sorry for those who have lost their homes and loved ones. My gratitude can't go out enough to all of the firefighters. They are truly angels sent from Heaven. Continue praying and having faith.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:54pm.

Rick C wrote: WHAT IS THE OFFICIAL SOURCE FOR OPENING THE AREA BACK UP SO WHEN IT'S OK TO GO TO PK, WE CAN.........

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:57pm.

Linda Draper wrote: As per my previous post, there is a donation drop-off site at 515 Custer Road, Richardson, TX, just south of Arapaho across the streeet from United Methodist Church. They are accepting donations of $, water, gatorade, leather gloves, nasal spray, Baby Wipes, non perishable foods, chapstick, dust masks, etc, etc It is being manned by the Boy Scouts. Ty (forgot last name) is the 21 yr old program director for the Boy Scout Camp at PK. They have received instructions from and plan to deliver all items to the PK East Fire "command center" Wed. AM, They will be in the current site until "dark" 7:00PM tonight. (Tues.)

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 1:58pm.

Sue Cathey wrote: Joanny and Cheryle: We are on M Anthony by sky Camp. The area between N40 and Sky Camp is OK. They were able to stop the fires across 2353 from N40. Sky Camp is fine at this time and I'm sure Stacy and Kevin hope you continue with your vacation there.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:01pm.

kay kovitch wrote: What about Bob White Bluff and Neeley's Slough Family live on Brackeen Dr

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:05pm.

Renee Nymeyer wrote: If would be very helpful if you can continue to post the actual/specific supplies and food that is needed by day and remind us where it should be dropped off. Many of us will make our way to the lake as soon as they let us and we can bring a car full of supplies and food.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:05pm.

Jay Delerno wrote: Does anyone have any news today regarding the fire in Gaines Bend along the cliff line, Mesquite Ridge?
God bless the firemen and we are praying for everyone involved.
Jay

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:07pm.

Marilyn Nimmo wrote: I saw this comment on the Mineral Wells Index facebook page--thought you might want to investigate and see if this would be a good investment for some of the donations you have received.
I just heard that Many of the fire departments are in need of Monetary donations. Their funds are depleting at undescribable rates. The cost of fuel and replaceing hoses etc....is alarming. Many of these departments work off of fundraiser money and donations. If you are financially capable then it would be a tremendous blessing for these departments to recieve your donated funds. from Misty Fowler Steiner

Just and FYI since I didn't think you could probably be everywhere.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:09pm.

Gary Brown wrote: Does anyone know if the fire has gotten to the east side of Hwy.16 ? We lease the property across from the south side of The Cliffs Resort to The Sportsman's World ? Bill Belding Ranch. We have not heard from them and are worried. Still praying for all those involved.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:11pm.

Peggy Galanos wrote: If the Harbor is a safe place can we get in and provide housing for some of the firemen in our homes?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:12pm.

Cindy B wrote: Hi Renee, this is Cindy, Tom Burroughs' wife. How is your place? Ours is still standing I think.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:12pm.

Cheryle Edwards wrote: Sue thanks for the update. Stacy has been a blessing praying for everyone!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:12pm.

Morgan wrote: ROBIN: I heard through one source that the ESCAPE condos have suffered facial damage as far as they can tell. This has not been confirmed, so if anyone has confirmation, please pass it along! My heart goes out to all helping and affected by this disaster...

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:13pm.

Robert wrote: about 10 house have been destroyed on Robin Lane including: Smith, Former Jane & Harvey Nauert, & Payne.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:14pm.

Kyle Dortch wrote: Sue Cathey: do you have any info on rock creek camp and loop???

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:14pm.

The Peeper Company wrote: just had this customer email...please help determine any damage @ Lot 190 N. Mesquite Ridge.....Brett and Susan Blakey residence.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:15pm.

Shirley Garrett wrote: Hi GiGi Thompson or anyone else gracious enough to assist!
If you do make it in I'd really appreciate an update on my Mom's houses if possible...
105 Hells Gate Point (Last house on the Cliff side). 6073 Hells Gate Point (2 houses down still on Cliff side). I think they are both gone but confirmation would be at least some resolution. Thanks very much! Also, anyone know if we should open insurance claims prior to confirming?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:15pm.

Gary Ray wrote: The Forum Circle is ready to transport supplies to Graford in the morning. Please submit items which are needed and tjose items which you do not need at this time. Thanks

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:17pm.

KOREY GRAVES wrote: PEGGY-

We have house on Waxwing Lot # 10 in Gaines Bend and my dad flew over this morning and our house was gone as were a few more....looking towards the water 2 to the right of ours was gone and about 4/5 to the left were completely gone. Hope this helps

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:23pm.

Carol Allyn wrote: From Wunderground map, it appears the firefighters have done an excellent job in putting out fires today. THANK YOU.!!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:25pm.

cindy iliff wrote: Interested in fires at Caddo,Tx. Hwy 180 @FM 717 Any news from the south area.. Praying for everyone concerned.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:27pm.

Joanna Pengelly wrote: Sue Cathey, Thank you very much for your report.
If anyone else is out an about around McGinnis point/Willow Beach area and has any information to report this would be great to hear. Again, stay safe and what a wonderful community we have at PK!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:31pm.

Sharon Albert wrote: Jean Cofer - I am your neighbor to the west of you in SW - call me when you can. 817-366-3318

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:33pm.

Jason Benefield wrote: Robert,

Are the 10 houses on one side of Robin Lane in a row? Any word on Pogson, Benefield @ the bottom of the hill across from the Gates house?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:35pm.

Robin wrote: MORGAN: Thanks for the update on the Escape. Please pass along any other information you receive.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:35pm.

Ann Pogson wrote: Robert - Re your post about Robin Lane. We are the Pogson house 1016 Robin Lane, lot 22, do you know anything about it?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:36pm.

Heather wrote: I am trying to find out if anyone knows any information on our house at 1083 Antler Drive. It is across and to the right of the Airoport strip in Sportsmans World. Please let me know if you have any information!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:38pm.

gigi johnson wrote: My husband just checked on our ability to get the plane into the area around SW and it is not possible due to flight restrictions at this time. Perhaps tomorrow morning. I will do my best to get pictures and any info I can when we can get there. I know we all want to "see" for ourselves.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:38pm.

Jeff wrote: i am adding my concern to the many people asking about Bob White Bluff and Neeley Slough...haven't seen anything posted about it's status. live on Brackeen drive.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:41pm.

Danielle Sweat wrote: Heard rumor there is still fire in GB...can anyone validate this?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:42pm.

Mechelle wrote: Does anyone know if Hwy 4 North of I20......any info on the Fire Fighter that is missing??

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:48pm.

Allison wrote: They have taken and posted almost 200 photos today of different properties.
http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.124099401000520.24921.124003981010062#!/media/set/fbx/?set=a.124257524318041.24992.124003981010062

If that link does not work, find Possum Kingdom Landscaping and Handyman on Facebook, choose Photoes, and then the April 19, 2011 album.

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Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:49pm.

Mechelle wrote: Does anyone know if HWY 4, North of I 20....Any info on the Fire Fighter missing???

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:49pm.

Jyl Williams wrote: we have a house on the south end of Brandy rd. in caddo bay. has there been any word on that end??

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:49pm.

Janie Hurley wrote: Just got news that my friend's house on the EAST side of HOG BEND burned today. It is Ernie and Diane Easley's house. It is near where Marsha Bettis took photos of the helicopter dropping water.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:53pm.

Mistie wrote: I just heard they are evacuating the town of Palo Pinto.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:55pm.

sharon cox wrote: Thanks so much for everyone's help and prayers. We appreciate everything the firefighters and volunteers are doing. We have the cabin just above the Hodge Ranch on the right as you leave Sportsman's World on Hell's Gate Drive. Does anyone know if it is still there? Saw flames hit Ron's cabin above us and flames coming over the ridge last night on Channel 8. Let's pray that the animals and wonderful wildlife that make PK so special are somehow surviving. I keep thinking of all the hummingbirds that were so plentiful just 5 days ago!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:57pm.

Jerod Anderson wrote: The house on the corner of Hells Gate dr and Jowell Creek Dr. is gone. We have a house further up Jowell Creek and I can not get confirmation on its status.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:58pm.

Howie Burkhalter wrote: gigi, Jay just call my dad, Leo Burkhalter, and told him that the wind changed direction and fire has destroyed their home. They are the last house west on Bluff Creek Dr. that backs up to the Set Ranch. He said that the fire is moving east down Bluff Creek Dr.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 2:58pm.

Robert wrote: Another Youtube video taken this morning inside Hells Gate. I hope it helps. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtlHwZXAUG4

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:01pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: We have a home in The Cliffs on Cliff Drive.... close to the marina. Can someone please tell me what the conditions are in The Cliffs at theis time? God bless the families that are suffering loss and praise God for the precious men and women who are fighting these fires to help us. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:03pm.

Melanie Tongate Gonzales wrote: Can anyone tell me about hogs bend? The Tongate family has had a cabin there since 1961 and I do not know if it has burned i don't know the lot # but I do know it is in the middle of the slough and it is north of Percy's slough

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:04pm.

Robyn wrote: I noticed there have been some pictures at posted at www.pkfireinfo.com

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:04pm.

Dennis Dial wrote: I just looked at the New Photo Website and it will answer a lot of people's questions. A lot of aerial photos that show the devastation.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:04pm.

Chan King wrote: What is the status on fires this afternoon?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:05pm.

Glen & Martha Branson wrote: Any news on Golden Cove/Sandbar.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:06pm.

Kyle Walker wrote: We have just posted new pics on Possum Kingdom Landscaping and Handyman facebook page. The pics might answer some questions

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:07pm.

Leah Tongate wrote: thank you to everyone for keeping us all updated!!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:11pm.

Thomas wrote: For those asking about the status of homes in and around Gaines Bend on Robin Lane, there are aerial pictures posted at pkfireinfo.com that will answer your questions. The pictures are very telling of the homes that have been burned and those that have not.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:23pm.

Jason Benefield wrote: Robin Lane Update - Benefield house is gone. Pogson doxk is gone but cannot see the house in the picture. Goto this facebook page link, many pictures from gaines bend posted - http://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=124262244317569&set=a.124257524318041.24992.124003981010062&type=1&theater

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:26pm.

Dennis Dial wrote: Click on picures around the lake and go to Dedicated photo website. The photos show Robin Lane and Cardinal Cove along with many other areas.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:28pm.

Deb Chapman wrote: Probably too late for this but I still want to let people know. There is a company in Rapid city, ND that brings in fire equipment and sprays a gel fire retardant on homes call Thermo-gel. I spoke with Gordon Sabo, dakfire.com 6052092958. Charge is $2K a day per engine + chemical. Can cover a 3000 sq ft home in 15-30 min. They would leave in 2 hrs. and drive non-stop. All certified fire fighters used by the US gov. BTW this equipment can be installed on our local firetrucks for future.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:29pm.

Deb Chapman wrote: My husband just got a call from our neighbor at our ranch property on Barton Chapel Rd. He says the winds have shifted to the North. This could be good news if it blows the fire back to the areas already burned.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:31pm.

Carrine Reilly wrote: Any news on where the fire is in SW? We are so sorry to hear about Leo's place.

We're further up Bluff Creek --2049 Hells Gate Loop

Any info just call 972-398-8948. John and I just got back from the Richardson collection center. They have to rent a bigger trailer---exceeded all expectations.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:43pm.

Sue Hutchens wrote: Does anyone know anything about the homes on Hoots Ave. on east side of PK?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:52pm.

Pam Dawson wrote: To Janie Hurley or any one else that has information about the homes on the east side of Hog Bend....we live next door to Ernie and Diane in lot # 91. We saw the live video on TV and are devastated about Ernie and Diane's place and would like to know if our place has burned down too. We have a blue waterfront cabin with a free standing two story bunkhouse. If anyone knows about this property, please let us know.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 3:56pm.

Brian Thomas wrote: Anybody know if the tongate cabins in hogs bend are still standing. I think one of the lot numbers is 111. Next to Miss Donna's lot.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:00pm.

Kent Crawford wrote: Is it possible to get into the peninsula? We have a trailer and a boat near Bonita Bay/Sam's Dock that we would like to get. I have heard that the roads are closed but I also hear of people driving through the area. I would like to know before we drive from Fort Worth. Please advise.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:04pm.

Buddy Binyon wrote: I just read the post about the Burkhalter home & that's really sad. I know their son-in-law quite well and he & I have been talking much of the day. My place is at 1024 Bluff Creek Drive just up the road to the east if Jay would like to pass some info along to me. I would much appreciate any word. Thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:04pm.

Mason wrote: Per scanner: Reports in that a helicopter broke down but has landed safely @ PK airport. Crews enroute from Eastland to get the chopper back in service.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:06pm.

Zach Rateliff ( James & Mitzi Coffin's son) wrote: how is the marina at bluff creek? Our house is right across the street. Any information would be much appreciated

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:07pm.

Carol wrote: If you are insured by Chubb, they already have trucks in the area and will Thermo-gel your house for free if you enroll for the protection. It kicks in if a wildfire is within 3 miles of the insured property. Call your agent!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:10pm.

Tom wrote: We are in the Ranch at 1001 Lakeside Lane. Can anyone report about the fire in the Ranch and where it is located? Many thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:14pm.

Levi wrote: CNN reported evacuations in Palo Pinto because of a fire 10 miles north of the town. is this true?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:21pm.

Sarah Stelzer wrote: Thank you so much for this wonderful website and the news it is bringing to keep everyone updated. We continue to pray for all involved in bringing this fire under control. May God continue to protect everyone involved.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:21pm.

kristi buckalew morrison wrote: how about rainbow lodge? also how about the willingham ranch? God Bless the firefighters and all involved in trying to stop the wall of hell.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:24pm.

alissa wrote: i work at Golden Cove and live at the Corner Cottages, nothing from the cottages all the way down to sandy beach have been affected. our neighbor is still there giving us updates constantly. the pennisula is fine.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:24pm.

Jean Cofer wrote: Sharon Albert, please call back when you can. I'm anxious for any new info you might have gotten from Mike. 214-356-4204

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:25pm.

Monica Shearer wrote: We have a lot at Golden Cove on the Pennisula. They would not let us near it yesterday, so I'm sure the roads are still closed.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:27pm.

Matt Talbert wrote: Buddy - let me know if you hear anything from Jay. Looks bad for us on Bluff Creek. So sad for all effected, so much loss.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:29pm.

John Hicks wrote: I have placed a request with AT&T to get a mobile cell tower out to Mineral Wells. Need an address and contact person.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:32pm.

Jon & Darla Skillman wrote: We have confirmed that our house along with Jim Brumbelow's home are gone. Sad, yes, but they are only material things that can be recreated. Thankful to the many who are working so hard to save what is left out there. Our prayers are with those involved in this task. Be safe.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:41pm.

Cindy W wrote: Our neighbor who had not evaucated in time, is now going to try and leave. She is on Rock Creek Loop by Lang Convenience Station and was told to go to a shelter in Mineral Wells. Can she get to Graford on 16/254 and then on into Mineral Wells?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:42pm.

Joe Phillips wrote: Any info about Sportsman's World (east of light house) on the west cliff line would be appreciated. I have heard there are structures burning there now. My address is 5057 Hells Gate Loop. Can't tell if it is still there. God bless these firefighters.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:43pm.

BArbara Martin wrote: they have evacuated Palo Pinto
saying the fire is 35 min out

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:43pm.

Jon & Darla Skillman wrote: We have confirmed that our house (8009 Hell's Gate Loop) along with Jim Brumbelow's home are gone. Sad, yes, but they are only material things that can be recreated. Thankful to the many who are working so hard to save what is left out there. Our prayers are with those involved in this task. Be safe.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:44pm.

Dana wrote: Are the fires along 1287 north of 1148 to Graham now contained? They are not showing up on the fire map.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:48pm.

Marinell Turnage wrote: Tom - I assume you saw these posts, to answer your question about the Ranch fire.
4:04 pm Randy Burdick says he just watched choppers extinguish fire in The Ranch. "Amazing." He also reports a few minutes later that they appear to have the Ranch fire under control.
4:06 pm Mike Burress informs us the Ranch Fire was was on Lot G-11 - Burress / Chancellor House. Per Patrick Adams, Mineral Wells PD on site with fire dept, the fire is 100% contained. Good news.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:49pm.

Leslie Baccus wrote: I'm still not getting any info on Bobwhite Bluffs, Neeley Slough, or the Cliff's. I have a house in Bobwhite Bluffs. Can anyone give me any updated info? I would really appreciate it!!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:50pm.

Dillon wrote: No news out of the west side in a while. Everything okay over there from 1148 into the lakefront homes (Bass Hollow, Fox Hollow, Possum Hollow, Breakers, Lakeshore)? Sounds like these wind shifts are playing hell.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:51pm.

Eric wrote: My friend at AT&T corporate said posting your request on their twitter account will get the fastest response (because it's public for all to see). Link below.

http://twitter.com/#!/ATTCUSTOMERCARE

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:53pm.

Pam Dawson wrote: Regarding my post about our home at Hog Bend facing east toward Hell's Gate/boy scout land, we have a report that most of the homes facing east between the "point" and the cove have burned down. The report is from a friend of one of the Hog Bend lot owners about 4 lots down from ours (we are lot 91 in middle of the stretch). They identified the devastation via water access and they have indicated that all of the row of cabins are burned between the point and the cove except for 2 lots closest to the cove opening. I am so sorry to relay this sad information. Our hearts are broken for all.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 4:56pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: Any recent news on The Cliffs

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:09pm.

Jason wrote: heard Graford was being evacuated, but cant confirm. Was also wondering how close fires were to 337 from Graford north. Also just heard that some homes near Graford were threatened. Since shelter is there, I thought that would have been widely disseminated

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:10pm.

Jody Hatcher wrote: Saw your note regarding ATT needs. My company has some contacts with ATT. I have asked them to reach out to ATT to alert them to the need. Assuming I can gain some traction with ATT, can you please send me a contact for them as well as a description of the issues. I assume it is communications issues with emergency workers? Just let me know.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:11pm.

Robbie wrote: has anyone heard any news on gainsbend in the area of redbud circle

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:12pm.

Andrew wrote: @Buddy Binion,

I believe I have visual confirmation your house is fine. I can send you the pic to confirm. 817-925-6640

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:14pm.

N Wilson wrote: Confirmed Update regarding First Cove of HOG BEND POINT down from pearches slough, where LOTS 100-111 are (as of hour ago), The McPhearson House? (LOT 111) IS standing, Donna Tyler house (LOT 110) IS standing- saved last night by Floyd and 3 rangers-a burning branch fell onto house and apparently they removed it before it was total loss- GOD BLESS THEM!(per Floyd), not know of actual damage to back of house, if any. The Slaughtivicks (spelling?) house (LOT 107) next to mine (LOT 106) lost back shed only. The Tongates house (LOT 104) IS standing. Still Praying!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:15pm.

Niki wrote: Any more news on the west side of PK? Is the winds still up pretty high? From the map I am not seeing as many fire symbols

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:16pm.

Stephanie wrote: Thank you so much for the aerial photos of Gaines Bend! I was able to spot my home on Agarita Cir and was relieved to see that the fire didnt enter our subdivision. Im so sorry for those that lost their homes in that fire. Hopefully Gaines Bend is in the clear and the fires are contained soon. My prayers are with those that lost their homes and the firefighters that are still battling fires around PK.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:25pm.

Murray wrote: A volunteer fire fighter took a picture of the Escape Condo's this morning at 7 AM and it was passed around to the members. Everything was reported to be intact at the time. If there is damage it was so minor that the fire fighter did not note it at the time. I am anxious to see if there have been any changes today. Its a little fuzzy but very welcome. Picture below:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1430686007289.61238.1237039136#!/photo.php?fbid=1677141448521&set=a.1430686007289.61238.1237039136&type=1&theater

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:26pm.

Terri Iles wrote: We are still trying to find out any information about Golden Cove on the peninsula? If anyone knows anything, please let me know.
Thank you to all the brave firemen and volunteers.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:26pm.

Janie Hurley wrote: RESPONSE to PAM DAWSON. I just got off the phone with Ernie Easley. You probably already know by now that your house did not make it. I am soooo sorry. Ours went two nights ago.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:34pm.

Julia Hester wrote: updates on GB would be greatly appreciated how far in has it gotten what areas are hurt the worst what areas havent been touched my home is on agarita it is the house that is on the corner of the cliffs with a circular roof

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:37pm.

Jacob wrote: Earlier today, the fire map showed a fire on Brandy Rd. Any update on this or has anyone been over that way?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:37pm.

Kim Talbert wrote: Does anybody know if the homes in Bluff Creek made it through the afternoon?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:42pm.

Robbie wrote: if anyone pics of gainsbend from today please send them to robbiec@hughes.net

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:45pm.

Rodney wrote: I'm taking a pick-up full of water and food to PK. Can someone tell me the best place to take it

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:45pm.

Selina LeComte wrote: Golden Cove is fine. Our friend Mike Harmon is still there keeping an eye out. Everything is ok around the Hide-Away Cabins, Rockin' S, etc. PK Speedway and Cottages on the corner are ok too. Sam and his friend, John Avery were helping at the Graford center but they are now evacuating that area and moving to Mineral Wells. He has arranged to have pizza and sub sandwiches for the firefighters for later today or tomorrow. Thanks to everyone out there for all the help.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:47pm.

C wrote: It appears almost all the properties on Song Bird Cove are gone per the aerials. Oddly, we lost our shed that is right next to our house- but cannot determine damage to structure itself. The roof does look a bit odd next to the rock patio. Time will tell. The trees and vegetation are totally gone, sadly. That is the biggest travesty of this next to any injuries to our brave firefighters.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:50pm.

Stephanie wrote: To Julia Hester... Our home is also in Agarita Cir.... from the aerial photos that were shot today (click on dedicated photos link. only photo of all of Agarita Cir is #22.)..No homes on Agarita were touched as far as i could tell. Hopefully no more fires will flare up in Gaines Bend, but any recent information is appreciated on that area. Thanks! still praying for those that lost their homes and the dedicated firefighters.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:52pm.

Kay Geddings wrote: There are aerial pictures from today of GB on www.pkfireinfo.com. Our home on firewheel was still standing but so many neighbors homes are gone.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:52pm.

Steven Bullock wrote: I am not a resident of pk but i live somewhat close to it in Mineral Wells on the west side near 337. I can not find any information on a possible evacuation of mineral wells and graford. If anybody has some information i would very much appreciate. My heart goes out to all those who have lost there homes in these fires.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 5:56pm.

Delbert Gales wrote: Seeking information regarding the North Shore of Hog Bend Lot #75 facing public use area #5/Bugs Beach - As of yesterday 10:30 visual and walk around the cabin was okay including cabins to either side of us - needing update if some one has current information.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:00pm.

Todd Morrison wrote: My family is reporting word that the Brown's residence in Hogs-bend got hit with the fire. Additionally, the Keller's residence is "structurally intact". No photos or confirmation yet.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:09pm.

Carrie wrote: I am a friend of the Quinn family who owns a home on Hell's Gate. My family and I have spent a lot of amazing time at PK and we are so sad about the fires. I don't know if this will pan out, but I have a friend who is high up at AT&T. He is friends with the VP of mobile in San Antonio. I have forwarded Jackie's info to them to see if they can help you with your communication issues. Best of luck to everyone and many prayers for everyone's safety.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:14pm.

beth kelly wrote: N Wilson - Is there any way that the person confirming the damage on Hogs Bend can walk on the north side and report damages down the shoreline? We are just 3 lots north of The Slaughtivicks. Our cabin is at lot #91 and we would really like to know the status of our home and our neighbors.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:14pm.

Kathleen Davidson wrote: Your doing great!!! Can't tell what it means to me to get such info. Your Arkansas fan

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:18pm.

MetroFoods wrote: Rodney, we had a truckload of water delivered to the Palo Pinto Fire Station earlier today. I was called and told that the city is being evacuated. The fire chief suggested we come get the trailer as the fire might hit there this evening. I would suggest you wait until tomorrow to see where the fire lines are at that time.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:21pm.

Sheryl Schwartz wrote: For those of you asking about GB please look at the photos posted on this site. They clearly show the homes that are still standing. I am at the very end of Robin Lane and our house and a few house to either side are fine. The others are completely gone.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:22pm.

Shane Hartman wrote: If Ric Hayward (or anyone who knows more information about the fire in Bob White Bluffs) is reading this could you please provide more details on where the fire is burning there? Is anyone trying to fight it or are they just going to let it burn? Thanks!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:26pm.

Tiffany wrote: My parents, Dennis and Sharon Cox, have a place next to the Hodge Ranch on the southeast side... any news on that area or any structures being burned right at the entrance to Sportsman's World on the left? any information would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:28pm.

Amanda wrote: My family has property at Gaines Bend and I currently work for AT&T. I will try to get in touch with the appropriate people and see what AT&T can do about improving communication ASAP. Hopefully we can make some progress first thing in the morning! I will send an update as soon as there is information to share.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:29pm.

Francois wrote: @Murray:- A friend just did an aerial survey and all the condos and marina complex at Bluff Creek appears to be in very good shape. He reports fire evey where and it seems that it is currently heading in the direction of the Whataburger due to the NW wind at the present time. Apparently the old Pizza place at the entrance to the HideWay Cabins is currently in fire. That was as as much as he could gather from 6500ft. Air space restricted at the present time. hope it helps a little.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:30pm.

Erin wrote: Does anyone have up-dates on Sportsman's World along Bluff Creek? I haven't heard anything since early afternoon, before the wind change. Thank you.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:39pm.

Michelle wrote: @Steven Bullock: from what we know right now. According to the Mineral Wells Index there is no need to worry about Mineral Wells at this time there is not threat. As soon as we have different information we will post it.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:41pm.

Elizabeth Carver wrote: I need to get a hold of Shawn or Peggy Gibson. Peggy needs to call her brother he is really worried about all of you. Tommy has tried to call but can't get any answer.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:42pm.

Donita Stone wrote: Amanda and Jim, I also work for AT&T and at about 4:30 PM CST I provided Jackie's hotel phone number to Paul Baumgardner (pb1845) and Kevin Haynes kh7916. They were going to call Jackie and determine location/issues etc. My attuid is dk6347. Hope this helps.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:45pm.

Pklakelover wrote: Does anyone have some pictures of the bluff creek marina area?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:47pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: I want to thank you for this web site and all of the hours and hard work that has been put in keeping it going. God bless you... it has made it possible to find out information that would have been almost impossible. I truly appreciate you

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:50pm.

Mark Bivings wrote: Just received a report from inside The Cliffs that all is still well there. Wind is currently out of the NW and there are no fires currently threatening the homes in that area. I can't give a name but they are reliable and have at least thought out an escape route should the fires turn.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 6:54pm.

Aaron Altom wrote: I will be making a trip to Graford tomorrow morning shortly after 9:00am. If anyone needs supplies delivered from Weatherford to Graford, I have a full size ford pickup and can also take a flat bed trailer. I imagine these bases are covered but if the transportation is needed please contact me at 817-602-9385. Thanks

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:02pm.

Joel Stringer wrote: I'm further adding to the concern about Bobwhite Bluffs. The fire map doesn't show anything going on exactly in that area, but I've read that there is an uncontrolled fire burning there. Our family house is at 1171 Brackeen in BWB, and we'd really like to get an update and confirmation of what's going on in that area. Thanks, and best wishes to everyone.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:03pm.

Kaylee wrote: Does anyone know anything about the hideaway cabins??

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:07pm.

Stormy Borman wrote: According to the Wunderground satellite information Afire had satarted in Garland bend below the dam. According to a source still down in the bend, this report is not true. the satellite locates the fire right next to his house but he says all is safe.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:15pm.

Karin Anderson wrote: Jackie and the rest of the wonderful Pondera group, the family from HideAway Cabins & Inn thank you for this wonderful forum. We came into Denton to stay with family and my Dad has been pacing the floor wanting to get back out there to try & help in some way so having this gives him some piece of mind. We are all so blessed to be a part of this strong & resilient community and when the smoke settles we will build things back better than ever. They have started a prayer circle on face book and it will be held every night @ 9pm in Graford & if you can't get there in person send up your prayer @ 9:00pm every night until the fire is OUT.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:18pm.

April Crutcher wrote: Does anyone know if the Cottages on Hwy 16 South are ok?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:18pm.

Joshua wrote: Any further information regarding the peninsula?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:22pm.

Leslie Baccus wrote: Can anyone tell us anything about Bobwhite Bluffs? We've heard it might be all gone. I would love to have some updated good news that this is not true!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:23pm.

Courtney Thompson wrote: I have also noticed a difference between MODIS and NA satellite images. Anyone know which one is more accurate? We have a home in Willow Beach and according to the NA satellite there is a fire behind the Chamber and also south of that area near the Harbor Way road. I also read a little while ago that the old pizza place is on fire near the HideAway Cabins. Can anyone confirm this? Im so sorry to everyone who has lost their homes and I want to thank the firefighters and volunteers that are so tirelessly trying to save our homes!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:25pm.

Selina LeComte wrote: It looks like they did not evacuate the Graford school after all. Sam was still there as of about 1 or 2 hour ago. Our friend, Bob, from the metroplex was kind enough to get some Little Ceasar pizza out there for all of the firefighters. Thanks Bob!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:27pm.

Sharon Clark wrote: Just spoke to a friend of mine who evacuated to Graford with her daughter. Stated that she new nothing of Graford being evacuated at this time.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:40pm.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: I just spoke to my dad (Terry Wilcox) at Lot 100 Hogg Bend. They are ok. He confirmed the the A-frame (lot 98?) is gone and Paul Holmes' house (lot 102) is gone. He said he had walked down the west side (going north toward South D & D) which I believe is the lower lot numbers 98 and below) and that a lot of the homes were gone. He didn't specify which ones. We didn't have time to go into detail because he is conserving his cell phone. Those that have tried to call him and he didn't answer, he was just conserving his phone. Terry and Jim Gribble are fine. I would like to get info from our other neighbors in the slough so if you are reading this, email me and give me your contact info if you don't mind and I'll share what I have. It would be helpful to have all that info if needed. Since my dad lives there he always keeps and eye out for everyones property. Hopefully though nothing like this will EVER happen again. email: shelia@moonlightsignworks.com 817-988-0367. Thanks to all the fire fighters and to Pandera for giving us this forum!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:41pm.

Kevin Kautzman wrote: We are on Hogs Bend between mile marker 41 & 43, closer to 43. There are 3 cabins/docks next to each other and we lost our cabin but garage is still standing based on photo posted. Our next two neighbors to the east, Masterson & Drake, lost everything. Does anyone know if the Set Ranch will work with the residence of Hogs Bend and allow us to drive back for clean up and rebuilding? Does anyone know who can be called to make a request like this? I'm sure the gates are open to allow fire fighters through and it would be very nice gesture if they would do this in light of the tragedy several of us are experiencing.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:48pm.

Sydney wrote: Wunderground.com is showing a fire near possum kingdom airport. it is not accurate; so I was just wondering if someone could give me some information on Pat and Herman Camp. Several people have asked and I havent heard or seen anything. So please let me know something. Thanks

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:50pm.

Judy Cotter wrote: Any aerial photos of Garland Bend, on the river below the Hwy 16 Bridge? What about the fires on Kimberland Ranch.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 7:54pm.

Sydney wrote: I posted a comment earlier but I dont know if it worked. so can someone please tell me if there is anything going on at Pat and Herman Camp?? Wunderground.com shows a fire near Possum Kingdom Airport but since that is not very accurate I need some more information please! Thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:00pm.

malissa wrote: does anyone know if the post from earlier is true that the old pizza place in the hideaway cabins in sportsmans world is on fire

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:02pm.

LouAnn wrote: Does anyone know if there are still active fires along the cliff side of Hells Gate Loop in SW?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:03pm.

Buddy Binyon wrote: Dee Barnes absolutely hit the nail on the head with her comments regarding your website. What a FANTASTIC job y'all have done........ Your efforts and supply of information have been GREATLY APPRECIATED !!!!! Thank you again for all your help and God bless you.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:07pm.

cindy burroughs wrote: Renee Nymeyer -- I know you and my husband Tom traded emails at work today, but he wondered if you could tell us where your house is at/address so we can follow. I am praying yours is still standing. As of 6:30 ours was still standing.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:09pm.

J Cearley wrote: We stay at lot 95 on Hogs Bend(East side). A friend took a picture by water of our cabin today at 1 pm. It was still standing. She stated that the 4 homes going towards South D & D were lost. I know lot 94 is vacant, so the next four structures are lost. Hope this helps. Sorry for any loss.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:20pm.

colleen barber wrote: Any news on Caddo Bay have a house on Harbor View I hope it is still standing

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:32pm.

Tanner wrote: Here are some pics of SW, Hells Gate, and a few of Bluff Creek:

http://gallery.me.com/tanneralbert#100029

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:36pm.

Cheryl wrote: Does anyone know the current status of the Cliffs area?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:37pm.

Diane wrote: The best info on Gaines Bend is found at www.pkfireinfo.com There are great areal photos and you can see specific homes that did or did not make it. The worst damage was along Robin Lane and Cardinal Cove.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:41pm.

Jenny wrote: Any truth to the rumor that Bailey's campground completely burned?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:42pm.

Jeri Elyea wrote: Thank you for all your hard work on this blog. We all would have been lost without it. We appreciate your foresight in recognizing the need and getting this blog up and running so quickly. God Bless you......

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 8:56pm.

Saddletramp wrote: That's just "terrific"; FEMA taking over control of operations...what a mess that bhoooo outfit is likely to make a totally horrible situation worse!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:08pm.

Amy Clifton wrote: Thank you for the updates today. We are so sorry for those of you who have lost homes and we are grateful for everyone fighting the fires and those supporting them and those keeping us posted. We are doing what we can through prayer from the East Coast.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:10pm.

Nancy Fruge wrote: Any news on The Cliffs? Last I saw they had lost power out there. Not sure what that means

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:25pm.

Jordan Hansen wrote: Any word on the Cliffs? I've heard some pretty grim news from firefighters. I know that the power is out also. Thanks for the constant updates on this site. So many people would be lost without this. Big thanks also to the many brave men and women battling this uphill battle with these awful fires.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:52pm.

Pam Kinkema wrote: Does anyone have a status of Lacy Road or Lacy Court located on Rock Creek?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:53pm.

John Drewett wrote: Hello to Shiela Wilcox, Glad to find you on this site. Terry's phone is not getting through but glad to hear that his cabin, Gribble's cabin, and Donna's cabin are still intact. Do you know if Judy and Georganna's places are ok?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 9:58pm.

Kay wrote: Regarding Kevin's comment about SET Ranch and Hog Bend- As far as I understand, SET Ranch was hit worse than anyone else so far. Their ranch manager lost his house and they were evacuated. I have been told that it is very dangerous over there still. They are our neighbors and in the same situation we are so it might be a while before they can help anyone else.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:19pm.

misty wrote: @pam- i just read on the main pondera sight that they are reporting heavy smoke and power outage at rock creek.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:24pm.

PJ wrote: Does anyone know if there is a fire around the North End by the Aiport (next to Long Camp Road)?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:27pm.

Patti Carter wrote: We live on 2353 behind Krooked Horn BBQ..any word on that area?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:33pm.

Shawn Fershtand wrote: Does anyone have any information on the Gaines Bend area. We have heard so many conflicting reports on the current status of the fires there. Does anyone know if there are any remaining fires there? We are on Agarita Circle. Lake front property.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:37pm.

Amy Sabbatini wrote: Are there evacuees in Graford? I have 15 air beds packaged with towels, pillows, sheets, toothbrush, and soap? Where r they needed

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 10:38pm.

Kara Wedow wrote: I want to say thank you to all those who have been working this blog...brilliant, outstanding! Your efforts are far more than you expected and what anyone expected...your work is so much appreciated! Your commitment is beyond a thank you...you have been angels! I only have one request...no information is coming from SW, much needed resources have been moved elsewhere...we hear that there was a fire in Bluff Creek, and we have a place there...there word on homes or condos that were remaining...it seems so trivial at this point, but any information is greatly appreciated! Thank you and god bless!

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:00pm.

Debbie Gossett wrote: Can anyone provide an update on Breding Road near Rock Creek Loop following the power outage?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:06pm.

Michael Murray wrote: Kevin Kautzman, my father-in-law, Will Zschiesche, has lot #109 on Hogs Bend (near marker 41). He and I were there on Sunday and miraculously his place and his brother's #108 survived. At least four of the others in our slough did not make it. I think they will have similar questions about the debris and rebuild efforts. Please feel free to contact me at 5txmurrays@gmail.com to see if we can't share some contact information and determine the best way to approach the ranch owners / managers about some form of limited access for the clean up and rebuilding efforts. I am hopeful someone will be able to provide some insight.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:08pm.

Julie wrote: Any news about the peninsula? Hide-A-Way cabins? Camp Constantin and Camp Grady Spruce?

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:17pm.

shane hartman wrote: Can anyone who is still out there tell confirm or refute the report of uncontrolled fire in bob white bluffs? Thanks.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:23pm.

James Shannon Coffee wrote: What a blessing to see so many comments of "God bless you " to each other over losses , or for those involved in the fire fight . My family owns the small a frame cabin on the water that is all alone in a cove about 1/2 mile back toward the lake from the caddo pump station . I have my 25 ft, sail boat docked there also . We have no idea if any of it is left but even if it is not I cant help but feel truely blessed by the many special comments of the thoughts and prayers voiced in the comments I have read , If anyone knows our cabin from the location I gave , and know it's fate please let me know at 817 341-1950 . This is my office phone and it has a messege recorder . Thanks ,and I think we are all blessed by what we have read on this site , P,S. We love the little rock church on park road 33 before you get to the state park entry . It was always open ( never locked ) , and we have stopped there many times for a short family service going home from the lake . If everything else goes , I hope it will be spared as it is a treasure . We always called it "The Little Open Church " We have sung, prayed, and even preached a little from that beautriful building . If it is now just a shell w , I would like to be the first to offer funds and labor to put it back if I knew who to get with to get things going .

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:32pm.

Quisenberry wrote: Our cabin is between bass and fox hollow. Since we have heard nothing today do we assume we are good? I know things were fine on Sunday when we got evacuated. Thank you again firefighters. You are the angels in the ground while the angels above guide you.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:41pm.

Koby Rogers wrote: I just emailed 15 or so pictures that I took of Sportsmans World this morning to the fires@ponderapk website. I'm sorry that I had to email them one at a time. Hopefully they will be up soon. Thanks for all that you guys are doing

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:55pm.

michelle wrote: Hi Im Michelle. It was my home at 1021 Pecan Ridge that they filmed on wfaa.com. It was quite devasting to watch my burned out home on TV. I am ok and I know in my heart if anything could have been done to prevent this it would have been done. The intensity of the fire must have been incredible. I see that my sailboat mast flag pole w/rope is still standing. As soon as I can buy a new flag, it will be flying. Thanks to all who have worked so hard to fight these fires. Possum Kingdom will always be my home.

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:56pm.

numb inside wrote: our house is gone. theres no words for this devastation and how one or two houses in middle of many are only ones to go. Parts of GB are bad, our cove was almost untouched.... much is lost- feelings go out to others who have lost their homes, and lifetime pictures.... why is all this hapening???to be emailed a picture of nothing but a roof where a house stood is surreal.....like many GB and PK have been a home to my family my entire life, and its all gone....thanks to the firefighters and efforts being made..... seems they are trying....

Posted on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 at 11:58pm.

ANGIE wrote: DEAR TANNER, thank you very much for the still photos of properties inside Hell's Gate, recording the unfortunate & sickening aftermath - it seems that nearly every aerial shot and news video footage cut when they got to my friends lots atop the W facing cliff, inside Hells Gate. Nothing completely showed its current status. Loved that place and can't wait til it's time to celebrate rising from the ashes. Again, thank you, it may be a few days before anyone can return...this may "help." What a great community this is, was and will BE!!!

Also, thank you to the brave souls who videoed inside the monster (inside Hells GATE)/youtubed, both the evil "before" and heartbreaking "after." Wow.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:09am.

Jason Benefield wrote: Our house that we just finished remodeling is gone on Robin Lane. Unbelievable. My grandfather built the house in the late 60s. The thing that is most shocking is the aerial photos of Gaines Bend. All of the trees, wildflower fields, etc are gone, it is a wasteland. I hope no one was hurt fighting these fires, I know they did the best they could to save our homes. God Bless to everyone affected by this tragedy.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:11am.

Natalie Wilson wrote: I agree Michael, Im on Lot 106 and please feel free to contact me also..wilsonnr@sbcglobal.net, same for any of our fellow neighbors,Tongates, McPherson's, Beth Kelly, Coda Zschiesche, Catherine C., and Slaughtavicks, I have all ready gathered materials for clean up as im sure everyone else has too, ready to get in there.With our experience with growing up there, we know that nothing can break the PK community God Bless!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:17am.

Chris Weber wrote: We have a place there on Quail Run Rd. and I would like to see how I can contribute money to the situation. Please let me know how I can do that.

Thanks, Chris

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:38am.

Levi wrote: https://picasaweb.google.com/100685786461371674819/PKFirePreEdit?feat=directlink

This is a link to all that I shot today while on the water. For those of you on the water, there is a good chance that there is a photo of your property here. Sorry about the quality, I was trying to capture as much as possible as quickly as possible. I don't have any other info than what is photographed here.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:03am.

cindy b wrote: Any reports on the area just south of Rock Creek Camp on Rock Creek Loop. Alarm company just called with alarm going off at our place.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:21am.

vicki wrote: I see that the Peninsula is still OK. If conditions change I would appreciate any info on Linley Dr and my grandparents, Buford and Mildred Linley, old house. Many childhood memories live there! Thanks to the firefighters for their bravery and compassion. Praying for all PK families.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:21am.

Mer wrote: Ok so I read something about some spot fires on the Peninsula. I would just like to know if there are any and where if any fires on the Peninsula? My family has a place at Golden Cove/Sandbar.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:34am.

aimee wrote: Donations: I spoke to a firefighter on the west side via phone tues night: he said the supplys food ect.has been great. I mentioned the 61,000 in donations. He had been told it was for a different side of the lake. Do you know if our firestation on the west side is included in that? I assume it will be divided among the stations unless someone who donates specifys which staion? I just wanted to be able to inform those guys on the west side, that their chapter is included. It may boost their spirits to know its not just the east side being comended for their efforts.
Thank you for taking the time to keep us that are many miles away informed.
Praying for rain!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:08am.

aimee blanton wrote: Att: kim welch are your donations going strictly to pk east emt and firestaions? I see that's where you posted donations would go to?
I also see Penny Ranft also had the same question for you. That's fine if so, but WE would need to set a fund aside for the boys on the west side.
I also agree with Sue Cathy and Robin Greer! These firestaions and vol fireman need money for FUEL and upkeep on the trucks! Please keep that in mind when donating. There are many people taking care of water and food and the firefighters are amazed with the quanity. I spoke with 1 fireman from the west side tues night via phone. He said what they needed was donations to keep the trucks fueled and a bit of upkeep! I can only imagine what an air filter looks like down there! Please pray for rain calm winds and the safty of ALL the crews!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:51am.

Stormy Borman wrote: what is the word concerning Garland Bend and Fortune Bend below the dam?Was there evacuations in Garland Bend as well as Fortune Bend?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:06am.

WD wrote: HOG BEND: Any news on the Beau the big black dog that lived and visited everyone on Hog Bend?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:27am.

Jackie wrote: Myles - never got a chance to circle back to you on your offer for IT Hosting support. I think we have our issues under control now, but your offer was much appreciated. ~JF

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:30am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Pam Kinkema - you had a question about the second church ... That is the historic Cedar Springs Church located on Hwy 180 west of Brad (Hwy 16). It completely burned to the ground. You cannot see it from the highway - I've never seen it myself, but I've seen the signs on the road. ~JF

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:35am.

Shane Hartman wrote: If anyone could provide more information about the fire in Bob White Bluffs such as its location, size and if any homes were involved (or pictures!), a lot of us sure would appreciate it.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:47am.

Judy Cotter wrote: Just talked to Eddie Garland at the end of Garland Bend. He can see fire on Fortune Bend and down School House mountain. No fires on Garland Bend yet.

He saw fire burning east of 16 on Kimberland Ranch below Dead Man's Curve and across from Fish Hatchery.

We really appreciate this blog. It's the best way to monitor the situation from San Antonio!! Bless everyone working on this fire!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:10am.

Susan Quinn wrote: Could anyone please give me an update on M Anthony Loop and areas north of the airport? I see new fires on the map locator this morning and I don't know if that is completely accurate. If so, it looks very close to our house. God Bless all the voluneers and firefighters.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:10am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Wanted to comment on the questions regarding how the fund we have established would be used. First, when Pondera established the fund, we wrote up a mission statement of sorts which is here: http://www.ponderapk.com/Relief-Fund.php. It always was our intention that the fund would help both east and west side fire departments - that was very important to us. Yesterday we started receiving requests for help from the fund and we realized we needed a plan of action to deal with this. Although Pondera established the fund, we organized a group of community leaders from all areas of the lake to manage it on everyone's behalf as we view it to be a community asset. The committee was formed yesterday and we are ready to follow their lead on directing funds. A full accounting of fund expenditures will be maintained online to provide transparency. Hope this addresses everyone's questions. Thank you to everyone on behalf of the PK Community. ~JF

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:12am.

Carolyn wrote: You may want to consider contacting some of the ophthalmologist / optometrist in the area. They should have large supplies of pharmaceutical eyedrop samples who would love to donate to help these guys out.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:35am.

Michele wrote: Any one know anything about the Rock Creek Loop area? Please let us know.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:36am.

Jack Kocks wrote: We have a home in Bob White Bluffs on the far end of Brackeen adjacent to the Cliffs and Split Rail on the shore line. Any word on homes along the shore line on Brackeen? Thanks very much and thank you for the great work you guys are doing.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:39am.

Carolyn A wrote: You may want to consider contacting some of the ophthalmologist / optometrist in the area. They should have large supplies of pharmaceutical eyedrop samples who would love to donate to help these guys out.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:40am.

Mike Berkes wrote: Does anyone know if fire got down around the Whataburger on 16. Our place is a half mile south of there?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:43am.

Kim Welch wrote: We offered to accept credit cards before Pondera set up their account & the Red Cross came in. When they did we forwarded any calls we got to those two resources.
We collected $1,650 from 4 generous contributors that we combined with a perso...nal donation that allowed us to give Angela Myrick, Graford ISD Superintendent & coordinator for Graford fire efforts, a check for $1,000 made payable to the PK VFD & provide a grilled chicken dinner for 500 firefighters & volunteers. We suggested that the money be used to purchase fuel, but didn't specify east or westside.
We were happy to fill a brief gap but now suggest that all contributions go to either Pondera's fund or the Red Cross.
Thanks...Jim & Kim Welch

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:46am.

Lisa wrote: Has anyone heard about the houses on Enber st. in Pat & hermans camp

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:58am.

Linda wrote: I have been informed that, if requested, Texas Dept of Transportation (TXDOT) has a fuel program for Volunteer Fire Depts in emergencies such as these. Please contact the regional office for more details regarding this issue.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:58am.

JL wrote: Does this relief fund include the volunteer fire departments in surrounding towns like Graham, Loving, Mineral Wells, etc. I know these volunteers have worked tirelessly during this crisis, and will need money for fuel, tires, hoses, etc once the fires are out.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:03am.

kimberly power wrote: Donationsof supplies for ALL area volunteer fire departments can be dropped off in MW ~ Expressions Hair Salon has donated use of an extra building located on HWY 180 East - behind Pizza Hut...look for the signs. This is being manned by volunteers...supplies will go wherever they are needed.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:13am.

Kelly James wrote: Does anyone have any word on Fortune Bend?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:15am.

Bob Schultz wrote: Any early word when we may be allowed back into the Sportsman's World area?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:16am.

Kerry & Sharon Roach wrote: We're supposed to have reservations at The Cliffs this weekend, beginning Friday, April 22. We don't want to interfere w/ the firefighting efforts, as this is our most concern, but were wondering if we should make alternate plans?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:27am.

Steven H wrote: Can someone post information on any roads or access to the Cliffs area that have re-opened.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:36am.

AN wrote: If we would like to volunteer our time at shelters and/or donation locations, where is the best place to go/call?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:00am.

Tiffany wrote: For those looking for information on The Hills Above PK, this was posted by the owners of the property) 9 hours ago on Facebook. "From Southern Lakes & Leisure: we have been able to make an initial assessment of the Hills Above PK and are very happy to confirm we lost no homes last night. In total one home that was under construction was lost Sunday night but we have been very lucky. We are so grateful to all of the fire fighters from TX and across the country that have been fighting this fire!!"

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:08am.

Maxine Hawkins wrote: Is there any confirmation regarding Bob White Bluffs? Cannot find anything that confirms or denies fires. Thanks for the outstanding job you are doing on this blog. God Bless all.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:16am.

Robert McKibben wrote: Did Mary's Cafe in Strawn burn ?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:17am.

Michelle wrote: @Bob S. & @Steven H. – As of right now it is still ordered by the county judge that all roads are closed to Possum Kingdom as well as the no lake access except for authorities. As soon as we know something else we will let you know.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:18am.

Michelle wrote: @Kerry & Sharon – We can not answer your question about your reservation at The Cliffs. We would suggest contacting their headquarters office Double Diamond. www.ddresorts.com/

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:21am.

Michelle wrote: @AN – Anyone who wants to help volunteer their time to help prepare food for the firefighters needs to be at the Graford school at 11am to help make sandwiches.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:23am.

lori wrote: I just got word that the Anthony loop area and lefties are fine. Also that late yestetday there were Popup fires on the pennisula that were rapidly extinguised. Nothing of significance at rockcreek.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:26am.

Charles wrote: Does anyone have know the status of Rochelles Canoe Rental at Hwy 4 @ Brazos River? Good folks who have provided good memories of canoeing the Brazos...I hope they are ok.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:27am.

Rich Cook wrote: Thanks for this Blog. It is more informative than anything else and THANKS to all the firefights who put themselves in harm’s way. We are building a log home in Hills Above PK. It is in the very back toward Hwy 337. I saw where Mike wrote only 1 home had burned, but I would have more piece of mind if I knew our house was okay. We are extremely sorry for the families who did loss the property and possessions. Deb & Rich

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:30am.

Seth wrote: Any word on the houses off of Bluff Creek Point?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:31am.

Nancy Hargrave wrote: Someone was asking for road closure info, this is from TXDOT website
District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
FM0207
Eastbound and Westbound
2011-04-19 1:25 PM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
stephens co. line to sh 16 by city of strawn

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


Please avoid this area THE ROAD IS CLOSED due to the wildfires and heavy smoke

District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
FM2353
Northbound and Southbound
2011-04-18 11:12 AM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
from sh16 to SH 16

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


Please avoid this area due to Wild Fires

District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
FM2951
Eastbound and Westbound
2011-04-18 11:18 AM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
from fm 2353 to PR 36

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


Avoid this area Wild Fires in progress

District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
PR0036
Eastbound and Westbound
2011-04-18 11:15 AM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
from SH 16 to to FM 2951

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


ROAD CLOSED WILD FIRES

District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
SH0016
Northbound and Southbound
2011-04-17 1:41 PM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
US 180 to SH 337 cutoff

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


Please avoid this area THE ROAD IS CLOSED due to the Wildfires and extremly dangerous smoke and visibility

District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
SH0016
Northbound and Southbound
2011-04-17 1:41 PM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
US 180 to SH 337 cutoff

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


Please avoid this area THE ROAD IS CLOSED due to the Wildfires and extremly dangerous smoke and visibility

District:
County:
Condition:
Roadway:
Direction:
Time:
Limits: Fort Worth
Palo Pinto
Closed
US0180
Eastbound and Westbound
2011-04-17 1:32 PM to 2011-04-20 10:00 AM
at SH16 Sourh to fm 0919

Description: The roadway is closed due to low visibility from smoke.


Please avoid this area THE ROAD IS CLOSED due to the Wild Fires and Heavy smoke

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:32am.

Stephen Kennedy wrote: Can anyone confirm there is access to Gaines Bend for home owners?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:35am.

aimee blanton wrote: Thank you for your response. I commend you all for starting the funds.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:39am.

Eric Arrell wrote: We operate some wells on the Set Ranch, between Long Hollow and Hog Bend. Does anyone know the status of these wells.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:42am.

Becky Tongate Cornwall wrote: Does anyone know about the big brown dog he lives on hog bend we call him Toby Boy he visits everyone on hog bend hope he is ok!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:44am.

Michele Weber wrote: Just recv' phone call from a neighbor in the Rock Creek Loop area and Butler Road. She has been told everything is okay in that area. I called my phone and the answering machine answered, so I am assuming that is good news as well.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:45am.

Megan wrote: Farm road 4 closed to palo pinto, also hwy 254 closed at four way in graford. Any news on fires on 254 that was burning last night? We live fm rd 4 north

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:51am.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (HOGG BEND) John Drewett - Glad to hear from you! I don't know about George's and Judy's houses. Dad hasn't been able to get anywhere to check them out. George is just beside herself trying to get there...she was in Lake Worth when it happened. I'll post something when I know more. We will go up as soon as the roads open. Email me and I'll send you pics when I get them. shelia@moonlightsignworks.com.

To WD - asking about Beau. I don't know for sure but I know that Beau is prob ok. Donna (lot 111) is his owner and her house survived but he stays at my dads most of the time (Lot 100). Beau loves everyone and he goes anywhere there is activity and kids! I've worried about him too! My son cries whenever we leave for the weekend because he is leaving Beau. Next time I talk to my dad I'll ask for sure. email me and give me your info...I'm compiling a contact list for all of us on Hogg Bend.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:53am.

Michael Murray wrote: Here is the Texas Department of Transportation Road Conditions website: http://www.dot.state.tx.us/GIS/HCRS_main/viewer.htm
Zoom in to your area of interest.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:59am.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: Answer to Becky Tongate Cornwall...Hog Bend dog "Toby Boy" is ok per Terry Wilcox. My husband and brother Mike Miller have been in Hog Bend since Saturday fighting the fires...still there....coming home Thursday.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:59am.

J.R. Mello wrote: We're trying to get a hold of medical command post...the number we were given is incorrect. We have portable ophthalmic equipment loaded....cases of eye drops, a surgeon and assistant loaded and ready to come down. Anybody have a phone number to get a hold of someone that can point us in the right direction?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:00am.

Michelle wrote: @Stephen Kennedy – There is still no access to the lake. As soon as we have more information we will get it posted.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:04am.

Heather wrote: It has been confirmed that our house on Antler Dr in Sportsmans World is gone.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:12am.

andrew wrote: Is there any fires on 2353 and rock creek camp?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:13am.

Sarah Stelzer wrote: Update from Young County Sheriff on the radio here in Graham a few mintutes ago:
Fire on FM 1287 is 80% contained and hopeful for 95% containment by tonight.
Cement Mtn fire is 100% contained

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:13am.

Lisa wrote: Does anyone know how the houses are in the Pat and Herman camp on Ebner st.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:15am.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (HOGG BEND) @WD and @Becky Tongate - Beau is ok. I just found out that Donna Tyler (his owner on the point) took him in to Fort Worth with her when they evacuated on Sunday. I'm glad to know that everyone loves Beau as much as we do! I'm glad he isn't more of a nuisance because he goes where the action (and food!) is. He is a wonderful big dog that shows his affection to everyone on the slough! Becky - send me your contact info...I'm compiling a list of everyone and I'll share once I get all the info. shelia@moonlightsignworks.com

To all those that have been trying to call Terry Wilcox...his phone is finally dead (he has no way of charging it now). He said he has received probably 200 phone calls in the last two days! (He didn't answer a lot of them so he could conserve his battery and because he was fighting the fire in his backyard with a shovel and broom! I'll post info as I get it.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:16am.

Sarah Stelzer wrote: Update from Young County Sheriff on the radio here in Graham a few mintutes ago:
PK FIRE IS NOW CONSIDERED THE NUMBER 1 FIRE IN THE NATION
Hot Shot teams are being called in to help
Fire on FM 1287 is 80% contained and hopeful for 95% containment by tonight.
Cement Mtn fire is 100% contained

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:16am.

JB wrote: Is Graford still under evacuation?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:17am.

Lindsay wrote: Anyone in bluff creek looking for info can view recent pics on this website. Go to top of this page and click photos then go the top under sportsman world and hells gate. This has pics of condos, marina, bluff at cliff line and hells gate. some are good others are not. Be prepared. Thnks to person who took pics. Means so much to all of us!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:18am.

Michelle wrote: @J.R. Mello – I am working on getting you the medical command post information.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:23am.

Becky Tongate Cornwall wrote: Thank you for the info on Toby Boy hog bend lake dog God Bless all the fire fighters and our neighbors Terry,Floyd your husband Thank you all!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:42am.

Colleen Barber wrote: Someone was asking about the storage unit Freedom Storage on 16 @ 180. Monday at 6:00pm my husband and I got our boat out the structure was fine the land area behind it was burned up to about 30 yards to close for comfort! The road going north on 16 was blocked there. Thank you to those 2 Sheriffs for letting us get our boat out!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:43am.

Toni Stone wrote: We have relatives that had evacuated Palo Pinto last night. We've not heard from them since. Did the fires reach Palo Pinto?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:44am.

Justin wrote: What is the word on the fire North of Palo Pinto?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:49am.

Shana wrote: Does anyone have any information about the Hideaway cabins/Inns.. or Golden Cove area?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:51am.

Sarah Stelzer wrote: PK FIRE NOW CONSIDERED THE # 1 FIRE IN THE NATION according to Sheriff Walls in Young County this morning.
Hotshot teams have been called in to help

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:51am.

Beth Cavazos wrote: From the blogs it sounds like the fire has moved away from Possum Kingdom. Am I correct or are we still in danger? (Hogs Bend Lot 96)
Also, does anyone have any idea how long it might be before we can get back on the lake? Thank you and God Bless the firefighters and everyone who is able to get us the information that we need.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:55am.

Paige Reno wrote: Wow, what to be known for . . #1 fire in the nation. Our prayers go out to all those effected, in any way. Any word on Camp Grady Spruce or Camp Constantine?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:58am.

Janie Hurley wrote: Regarding access to HOG BEND via SET RANCH. I think it is important to remember that the Sett Ranch sustained enormous loss as well. All of our lease agreements include the term "Boat Access Only". As such the owners of the ranch do not have to give us access to clean up. Apparently some years back, the ranch had some problems with vandalism and there were some issues with the BRA. Since that time, Sett Ranch has been very strict about access via their land.

That said, the owners are very nice people and known for their generosity in Dallas. Maybe we could approach them as a group and ask for permission for access to clean up with a narrow time window and promises to respect their property. Sett Ranch is part of Dallas Production Inc on Greenville Avenue in Dallas.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:58am.

debra euston wrote: Monte Magness, the General Manager of the Hills above PK, just called my husband to report there has been no further loss than the one home by the front gate that was under construction. The hero has been Mike Lewis, who was operating his dozer and saved the Terry/Sherry Davis home just in the nick of time. Apparently the fire ran between their house and ours. All utility poles were burned and he said it could be 2 to 4 weeks before they are replaced.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:01am.

Judy wrote: Is the map you have a link to with the fire symbols still accurate and current? It appears there are still fires in the Hells Gate, Cliffs, and Gains Bend area. Is that correct. I can't find anywhere on your blog where it addresses exactly where the fires are and possible containment except the one on 1287.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:02am.

DH wrote: any clue when we can get on the pennisula?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:07am.

Natalie Wilson wrote: HOG BEND Dog- My family just adores Beau-Toby Boy-and as we call him.. "Big John" he has spent many weekends with us also and loves my couch even though he knows better. "Big John" is also very protective of his families out at Hog Bend, Terri told me Sat night that they had moved him to his sisters Saturday morning and we pray that he will be returned, I would take care of him any day as he is our family too, and to everyone else as you know. SHEILA WILCOX- I am new to the HOG BEND family as of 2009, Im originally from the Possum-Fox Hollow Family, I have grown close to your dad and he is such a blessing, when we have storms go through there, he will call me and tell me the damage I have,he has even gone over there and replaced my grill in its original spot when it was blown 10 feet across my front yard, strap broke that was holding it, I told him not to worry about it and i would deal with it when I would get there, but you know how he is, anyway, please add me to the Hog Bend contact list wilsonnr@sbcglobal.net and we will pull together to rebuild from the ashes together!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:09am.

Chan King wrote: Anyone able to get into Caddo Bay this morning via Park Road 33? Have conflicting information about barricades at the State Park entrance.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:12am.

Stephen Melendi wrote: Please keep me in the loop with regards to efforts to get access to Hog Bend through the SET Ranch. My place (#115) is a total loss, as is my neighbor behind (#111), we are hoping that once the dust settles we can get them to let us through at least to get the debris cleaned up.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:12am.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (HOGG BEND) to Beth Cavazos (lot 96) Please email me your contact info. I'm trying to get everyones info together to distribute so if there is ever a problem we can contact each other. From what I gather from my dad (Terry Wilcox) the fires are subsided on Hogg bend (maybe hot spots and small grass burning but most is already burned so there isn't any fuel left for the fire. To everyone on Hogg Bend...email me your lot number and phone #. (shelia@moonlightsignworks.com) I'll distribute the contact list when I have most everyone's info. Thanks and everyone stay safe....

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:14am.

Cheri wrote: Does anyone know if the storage units on the South (left) side of 36 about 1/2 to 1/4 mile before you reach Graham Savings bank (and Mr. C's on the right at 2353) heading West toward the Peninsula survived the fire?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:20am.

SWRA flash - Laura Kirklen wrote: SWRA FLASH: please note that we are experiencing technical issues in sending flashes to you via gmail, although we can still send/receive individual notes. For recent property photos in Sportsman's World, please see the specific SW folders set up by Jason Stelzer from the hotlink labeled "Dedicated Photos Website." I will post a file of known property status on our web shortly and will add a comment at that time. You can still e-mail to swra.temp@gmail.com. Thank you for your patience! Laura

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:25am.

JIM wrote: Does anyone know how the William Belding ranch is across from Gaines Bend. The fires have been all around it . Last night there was one on the wundermap that had jumped onto the lower part but the map is not clear now. Any word would be appreciated.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:37am.

beth kelly wrote: TO ALL RESIDENTS OF HOG BEND: Several residents have expressed interest in organizing a group to discuss the tragic events of the fire and what the future holds for Hog Bend. If you are interested in meeting with us please email your contact information to beth.kelly@arlingtontx.gov and I will include you on all the details. Going through a tragedy like this is devastating and the best way to start the healing process is by connecting with each other and moving forward. Take Care and I look forward to meeting with all the Hog Bend residents soon.
Beth Kelly - 817-647-5098

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:42am.

Helen Wathen wrote: Hello,
Our hearts go out to the others who have lost their homes in these fires and we so appreciate everyone's efforts to support the firefighters.

We own a home at 1002 Cedar Dr in Gaines Bend. It's the next street after Hells Gate Dr and real near the blue water tower and the point at which Sportsman's World connects to Gaines Bend. One side of our cove is Hells Gate Dr also in Gaines Bend. The other side of our cove is Oak Dr. There are 2 houses on Cedar. Both of them are at the end of the cove. Our house is the last house in the cove, light green (deepest into the cove) and to the left of the Andrus home (with the Texas star at the top) if you're facing the cove. We've seen some pictures and believe our house is gone but don't have a clear enough picture to know unequivocally. Can anyone confirm? It looks like most of the cove made it but we're pretty sure our house didn't.

Would really appreciate a confirmation if anyone goes back up to take more pictures or has a contact. We're in touch with Shawn and hope to find out something today. Please advise.

Thanks so much,
Helen

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:43am.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (HOGG BEND) Thanks Natalie...I'll add you to the list. I got your phone numbers from Carolyn McArthur, I just didn't have your email. We will just have to make Hogg Bend a bigger and more beautiful place! Cedar and Mesquite trees thrive on burnt land...everything will turn green again and be nice and fresh, houses will be rebuild by all of us and we will be a closer community because of all of this! Stay safe and I'll talk to you soon.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:44am.

Robert wrote: Do we have any information concerning Rock Creek Camp? Last I heard power was out and there was heavy smoke. That was at 8:45 last night.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:47am.

colleen barber wrote: Chan saw a post that someone got down to Caddo creek via Brandy rd unknown if that is confirmed.My hubby was thinking of heading out there going that way.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:49am.

Michelle wrote: @JR Mello – Can you please email me your contact information to michelle@youinblue.com. I need to call you.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:50am.

Karin Anderson wrote: My Mom & I tried to get over to the peninsula about midnight so we could see if they would let us in just to feed the remaining animals we had to leave on Sunday & thought we would be able to get back in in a couple days. I tried 2 different ways thinking I would be able to get to the 4 way stop by Mr C's on way or the other. No go on both routes, they told us the wind had shifted so many times that day & even into the night so it was way to dangerous to even drive anywhere near there. The one patrol that we talked to had to drive through it from Strawn & said he definitely would not drive through there again.. he said it was like driving through hell with the fire on both sides of the road & power lines down. You could see that he was visibley shaken, which I'm sure he was being from Strawn & all the devastation over there too. We could see the bright red and thick black smoke above the hill from the Graham side we tried to get in on, it was terrifying to think of all the people right in the middle of it working to get this under control. Both patrol men said it hadn't touched the peninsula or anything on the lake side of Graham Savings, where they dumped a load a load of the flame retardant on the hill as we were evacuating the peninsula on Sunday. Pray, Pray, Pray...

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:55am.

J.R. Mello wrote: Please add Mark Suggs to Hogg Bend list. Area 2 Lot 4 suggseye@aol.com (inside cove with TX flag roof)

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:00pm.

chadly boy wrote: Can anyone answer any questions about the fire activity in or around rock creek camp? It seems everyone is interested in making sure the lake dog is fine while people are still wondering about their houses. Damn, must be a real good dog!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:01pm.

Joe Archer wrote: THE CLIFF'S RESORT -- The resort is presently closed. There were grass fires in Phases 11 & 12 that were quickly extinguished. Everything is fortunately OK.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:04pm.

Roger & Sondra Lehman wrote: Volunteer help and advice with insurance recovery process. We lost our house in the West side fire of '09 and went through a year long process of cleaning up and dealing with the insurance process. We have learned much and are happy to freely share our experience, advice and tools that we used to get through the process. I am happy to say that our insurance company treated us well, but there is much that you have to do. We are happy to talk to anyone and share whatever we can for those whom lost a house this past week if you think it would be helpful. Just drop us a note at sondra.lehman@gmail.com.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:04pm.

Laura wrote: This blog and the ponderapk blog are true blessings; thank you. I live in another part of the country, but my sister and her husband live on pk lake. They are consumed with community and property efforts, so these sites and the photos are *so very helpful* in non-evasive tracking of real-time status. Our hearts go out to each and every one of you, ache for your losses, and rejoice in lives and properties saved. A deep THANK YOU to everyone, everyone, everyone, involved with the relief and rescue efforts. God bless.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:07pm.

Nathan wrote: Please keep me updated on the Hogg Bend clean-up/rebuilding efforts. We are lot 57 across from bug beach. Ours was the log house with green metal roof. There is nothing left and I'm ready to get started. Larryscarpet2@aol.com

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:07pm.

Michelle wrote: This is the most up-to-date co-op information we have. http://www.ponderapk.com/United-Co-Op.php

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:10pm.

Alyssa wrote: Nathan sorry for your loss. Do you know any information on hog bend lot 61 brown cabin with a green roof (dock has a green roof as well)? Thanks

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:23pm.

Harry wrote: My parents have a place on Airport Road just across from the airport. This blog and the map have been wonderful to have. I am wondering, however, what the difference is (on the map) between where the flame markers are and what the fire perimeter means. Can anyone clarify?
Thanks again!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:25pm.

Jim wrote: Heard they just opened up 180 all the way to Breckinridge. Wonder if the hwy 16 is open yet going south towards what- a- burger? Thanks

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:38pm.

Nathan wrote: Alyssa is there anything on your dock I could identify it by?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:40pm.

Audrey Cooke wrote: Chadly boy we have a place on Breding Road and called Rock Creek Camp office they gave us good reports. 779-2766 I think.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:40pm.

Debra McCarty wrote: We have a lake home on Deer Trail in the Peninsula. We live in Abilene so the site and updates are all we have. We tried to get there, but of course were turned away. God Bless each and everyone of you involved. What a "Special" place "PK" is to all of us. We are all so blessed with our neighbors,friends and community. Nothing can take that from us! Praying!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:47pm.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (HOGG BEND) Alyssa / Nathan. Please send me your info if you don't mind...shelia@moonlightsignworks.com. I'm trying to get the contact info together for all of us at Hogg bend. I need Lot number, names, and phone numbers. Thanks so much and everyone stay safe.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:51pm.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: My husband Floyd (we are lot 105) has been at Hog Bend since Sat. someone was worried about their cabin.He found a brown cabin with a trailer next to it and a dock with a "for sale" on it that is still standing. Just fyi

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:51pm.

Emily McKelvain wrote: Thank you so much for this blog. My parents have a place at The Cliffs, and we are relieved to hear that it may be okay, and we just feel so sad about these horrible fires and the devastation they have caused to the beautiful homes, landscape, and wildlife of PK. I live in Lubbock, and yesterday we all monitored the blog and then sorted through the pictures and were able to help keep our family members in the loop. We've been going to The Cliffs since the mid-90's, and reading all of the posts here over the last several days, I just feel so blessed to be a part of the PK community! What wonderful people we have at our beautiful lake, and I'm especially glad that the dogs people have mentioned here have been rescued because we really love dogs in our family too. God bless our firefighters and neighbors!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:52pm.

Kara Wedow wrote: I just talked to Koby, he is in Sportsman's World, hwy 16 is closed and heavily patrolled. There are downed power lines and debris everywhere, still smoldering, and they are not letting people in. They are asking everyone to please not attempt, and to be patient as they are working hard to get the situation further under control so that we can get in, but be advised, it could be several days. Thanks

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:52pm.

Bob Berry wrote: I would like to join any effort to organize in Hog Bend. My cabin also burned down. I have made a phone call to my sister who is friends with owner of SET Ranch and waiting for info. about allowing us to get equipment in. I plan to bring some equipment in to help in our rebuilding efforts. Thank you. Bob

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 12:54pm.

Jeff Lewis wrote: For my neighbors in Hogg Bend, let's be considerate of the owners of Sett Ranch. They are our neighbors and they have suffered tremendous losses. Marla Custard and her father, Bill Custard are good people who have suffered like we have. The ranch manager, Billy Dean, lives at Bluff Creek and has worked tirelessly during this battle. Everyone knew that our lease is water access only when we bought it. Let's be considerate of our nighbors on the south!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:07pm.

CJ wrote: My son has a home in Bones Bend and is there any info on the three houses facing the lake? As of yesterday morning the houses were still standing but with the high winds coming from the SW all day I'm wondering if they are still there. We are all devastated by this horrific fire and loss of property. We have been going to this lake since 1969 when there were few homes on it. I had a home on the penisula and sold it and have regretted it ever since. God Bless every fireman who have been so dedicated to fighting this monster fire. God Bless every volunteer person and all who are facing losses.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:14pm.

At a loss wrote: I am "at a loss" as to why people keeping asking questions that they should get from their parents, friends, grandparents, etc. Why ask on here, my grandparents have a house and I have gotten any word on it. Call your grandparents. I mean really!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:16pm.

Rick C wrote: Based on information on ponders blog re sheriff list of closed roads ( which did not include 2353) and DOT WEBSITE and discussion with Wendy from DOT at about 9 am ( both indicated road closures woul end at 10 am) I drove from Denton only to now find out access to 2353 from 16 at 254, just past Graford and ( at about the 4 intersection) BLOCKED by HIGHWAY PATROL and access to this same area from the north at 337 and 16 ALSO BLOCKED BY HIGHWAY PATROL with no indication from the officer of when it might be open (officer I spoke with indicated he was scheduled there thru 8 this evening ( probably when his shift changes) Officer also stated communication related to openings and closings has been very poor...Just before sending this blog I have rechecked the DOT site and found they have now updated these road closures till tomorrow at 10 am.... So ... In future will wait a couple of hours past when they are indicating opening to see if DOT has updated their site before trying to go to Pk..... But even then it sounds like a crap shoot .... SO anyone know of how to get reliable information on access to various locations without having to drive out here?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:16pm.

Erin wrote: Can you give an update on the fires as to where they are now? I know they have ravaged just about all of PK, but can you elaborate on where the fires are now, and the severity/containment of them? It is so hard to keep up! thanks!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:17pm.

Kris Wittwer wrote: We own a home on Hells Gate Dr...6161 Hell's Gate Dr.. Our house is the first one on the left at the top of the hill. I saw a picture of it as of yesterday (19th) showing that it was still standing (thank-you Mr. Steltzer). It looked like it was taken between 9 and 10 a.m.. Were the fires out on Hells Gate by that time?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:18pm.

Sherry wrote: Hi,

I would like to meet with other people from Hogs Bend. I have a lot inside the cove by the cabin with the Texas flag.

Daniel & Sherry 817-249-2990

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:19pm.

Shari Hightower wrote: My cabin in Hogg Bend lot 116 also burned down. Bless Floyd McArthur and others who stayed up there without food or electricity or running water and saved all those they could. Words can never thank you enough. May you be repayed many times over. And I know everyone up there misses Beau and can't wait to be reunited again. Hurry back with him Donna! Thrilled to know your cabin is still standing.

Let the rebuilding begin!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:25pm.

chadly boy wrote: Audrey, thank you! I have tried calling the camp office and couldn't get thru. I appreciate the good words

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:42pm.

Tracy Allen wrote: I live in the DFW Metroplex, but want to know where I can go to volunteer or help out in any way. Can anyone tell me?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:45pm.

Carrine Reilly wrote: I just saw the post that there is a fire in SW on Hells Gate Loop---any idea where?
Our house is 2049 Hells Gate Loop

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:47pm.

Martha Branson wrote: Any updates at Golden Cove/Sandbar.

God Bless

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:48pm.

Kay wrote: RE Jeff Lewis about Hog Bend and SET Ranch- I agree with this. Those people suffered HUGE losses and are still trying to tell what's what. I also understand that they stopped working and were one of the only companies in the area that sent all the staff and heavy equipment from their Mineral Wells oilfield office and those guys have been working with the fire crews every single day- not just at the ranch, but all over the area. They have done as much as they could to help everyone so far so I'm sure they will continue to.

It's understandable that everyone wants to see their property, but we need to have some respect for them too. I'm sure they will come up with some kind of policy but my Dad works on wells and has been on that ranch and it is dangerous to go through there on a good day. I can't imagine what it's like now. There are hundreds of people who want to get in there and they don't even know if it's possible yet. It's hard to wait and see, but we have to realize they are doig it too

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:52pm.

David wrote: Carrine--the police scanner said it was in the 5800 block of Hells Gate Loop

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:53pm.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: Just talked to my husband Floyd at Hog Bend. He and my brother Mike Miller are headed home(again). They walked around and didn't find but a few hot spots put them out. Cleaning out the frig since we don't have any power. He says it is a strange place to be leaving...like a war zone. Thank you for all your prayers and good thoughts..God is good all the time..all the time God is good.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:58pm.

Audrey Cooke wrote: Chadly boy you can also get more info on Facebook Lake Country Sun. It's quicker and they will answer you. Hope that helps.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 1:58pm.

Erika wrote: We are collecting supplies to bring up tomorrow. I just want to make sure we can still take them to Mineral Wells and are the supplies distributed just to the firemen or is it being given to the evacuees as well?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:04pm.

David wrote: Carrine--correction...it's 5085 hells gate loop. they had the fire out and it started back up. sounds like it will be back under control shortly

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:08pm.

bob wrote: scanner says small hot tub fire behind house at 5085 hells gate loop. they are on it

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:11pm.

Ryan wrote: 5085 is my home! Please, any updates would be great. Thanks!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:12pm.

Chione Giacomarro wrote: I'm a relative of the Sticklands who have the white stone and metal roofed home in Hells Gate. House faces west and is on the water line, about 4 houses south from Hell's Gate. Does anyone know if it is still standing? Hoping to pass along some positive news to the family, but news is good regardless. Thank you in advance!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:13pm.

Kara Wedow wrote: When I talked to Koby at around 12:45pm he said that SW had at least 5 fire trucks (probably more as well as our volunteers) in the area, and that they are on top of all flare ups that are occuring. We have far more resources now than we did a few days ago,and they are posted in several areas across the lake. We can only expect this to continue to happen until it rains, hard! Where are those 100 year rains when you need them! Let's keep supporting them by praying and providing! We are all in this together! I (heart) PK!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:14pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: WEST SIDE, CADDO and STEPHENS COUNTY property owners.....if you have questions about these areas please feel free to email me directly at Marsha@MarshaBettis.com I think I can better anwer your questions that way (I may be too old for blogging!) Just know that it is peaceful over here today.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:18pm.

Drew wrote: Nathan- regarding lot 61 that Alyssa was asking about, there are 3 jetski docks attached to the dock. The cabin has a green roof and a bunk house behind it also with a green roof

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:19pm.

Kay Geddings-Herring wrote: Jo Turpen Insurance. First are you and family O.K.?
Our family place in GB 1009 Firewheel Lot 60 was still standing according to aerial photos yesterday. So thank God for that.

I want to know how I can assist your agency in claims processing, phone calls, taking of information. I worked for Pilot Catastropy Insurance Group during Katrina for several months. Hard work but rewarding. My husband Bob Herring and I live in Frisco. Bob has been a home builder/remodeler for over 40 years. We had just spent 3 months at our PK cabin remodeling. We are both prepared to come stay in GB and work from there, taking photos, preparing estimates, and hopefully helping neighbors rebuild our PK paradise.

You may reach me. Kay cell- 214-507-8970 email kaygeddings@yahoo.com

You may reach Bob cell 469-688-5999 email bob@bobherringhomes.com
web site www.bobherringhomes.com tons of references for you to feel comfortable passing our information along to your insurerd.

Bless you, stay safe. Let me know please how we can help.

Bob & Kay Herring

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:27pm.

Penny wrote: Any updates on what is going on at West Side? I am hoping because it is quite - that is a good thing!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:29pm.

Michelle Campagna wrote: Any news on the fire on Hell's Gate Loop??

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:51pm.

Matt Moehnke wrote: Does anyone have info on golden cove sandbar area

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:51pm.

Chione Giacomarro wrote: Update on the address of the home I was asking about. Approx 7005 Hell's Gate Loop (according to Google maps). Thanks again in advance.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:52pm.

Erin wrote: Does anyone know if there is a fire going at 16 South and 254 by the Costello Catholic Church? the map at weather underground shows fire there but I don't know how updated it is. That is my property right there so I would be grateful for any update!
Thanks!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:52pm.

Ryan wrote: Any updates on the latest fire at 5085 Hells Gate Loop?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:54pm.

Jackie N wrote: I am wanting more information on The Cliffs & Neeley's Slough Area. Someone replied that there was a fire in that area & my grandparents property is on Neeleys Slough. I am hoping that if you have any more information on that particular area my family would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:56pm.

bob wrote: listening to scanner. Nothing new Ryan. palo pinto public scanner. I found it by google

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 2:58pm.

Amy wrote: 1287 is still closed at 16 headed south out of Graham. Also, for those who may be checking the "official maps" for the fire boundaries, they have the PK West fire in Young County wrong. The maps all show the fire stopped (north toward Graham) at Casyville/ Ming Bend Rds. It actually has burned along Caseyville and north behind the Burgesses place to the river. At least one home and at least one trailer home were destroyed. Also, it jumped north of the burgess place (but South of Gooseneck-on west side of 1287) but didn't burn any homes there. I think the only fire north of Ming Bend to the East of 1287 was the 100 or so acres on our place. The firemen did a GREAT job of not allowing homes and barns to burn along 1287!!! Thank You!! WW Ranch

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:02pm.

Gary wrote: What is the latest on the Cliffs. I've been getting sketchy info

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:10pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: 1287 south out of Graham was open this morning but only to owners of property beyond there.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:11pm.

Troy wrote: I found this YouTube video that was shot from the water in Hell's Gate. It's not pretty if you own homes there. I only post this as it may help some of you to know is or isn't there.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s26pqfx3DSs
Best of luck to all!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:18pm.

Lisa wrote: I'm not sure of locations and all but was wondering about The Trading Post, Hargroves, Nancy & davy Taylors place and Pickwick Cemetary?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:19pm.

Pops wrote: I am a disinterested third party in this catastrophe that you good people are enduring; I visit PK but do not own property there. I did go to the Richardson drop off point last night and left donations with Ty Jackson and the Order of the Arrow; money well spent. I can tell you this; the next time I roll through Graford and the firemen are having their "Fill the Boot" campaign I will dig much deeper in my pocket than I have before. Also if I am fortunate enough to buy land there, that purchase WILL be made through Pondera Properties.

Your community has many things to be proud of.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:27pm.

Chione Giacomarro wrote: Thanks for the update ... .looks like 7005 made it okay. Our thoughts to those who lost property.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:28pm.

saddleTramp wrote: I understand that some property owners in the PK area are being denied access to their homes. This is likely result of "FEDS" getting involved. They show up when the crisis has largely been overcome and make a terrible situation worse. Can anyone recognize the current "nanny state"???...Waco??? Give all property owners immediate access to their homes!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:49pm.

Debbie Reynolds wrote: Will we need to show proof of residence when roads reopen or can anyone get in?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 3:51pm.

Shana wrote: Any updates on Golden Cove/Sandbar locations?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:00pm.

Amy wrote: Troy...thanks for the post. It is SO hard to watch that. I can't even imagine what PK will look like now.

An yes, 1287 is open to residents with ID who live along 1287...but they ARE NOT letting lake residents through the checkpoint yet.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:02pm.

Cliffs Property Owner wrote: Dear Property Owner,

I left The Cliffs this morning and I am happy to report that we have had no damage to any structure, and only a few lots in Phases eleven and twelve suffered minor damage.

When we realized that there was truly eminent danger to The Cliffs property, we called upon our sister Resort - White Bluff on Lake Whitney. The White Bluff Volunteer Fire Department is one of the most competent and well equipped organizations of its type. They responded immediately with equipment and Firemen. Their efforts were almost exclusively dedicated to The Cliffs property. They have even loaned us a Fire Truck - Brush unit that we are keeping until we can purchase our own unit. The Cliff's staff and Double Diamond employees stayed through the evacuation and helped avert a disaster. We lost power yesterday, which caused us to resort to using gasoline powered pumps to pump water out of the lake for the fire trucks. Power has been restored as of 11:00 a.m. this morning.

A change in wind direction, temperatures, and humidity and the Fire Fighter's efforts has quieted nearly all of the fires in our area. The danger of catastrophic loss has past. There are still active fires within miles of The Cliffs and road closures so only essential service employees and fire protection personnel are allowed through the gates.

We will keep you posted on new developments.

R. Mike Ward

Double Diamond Companies/The Cliffs Property Owners Association

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:02pm.

Krowl wrote: What items currently need to be donated either to the Fire Fighters or people whose homes burned down?

Thank you.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:06pm.

Sarah wrote: Go Pops! Beautiful comment.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:14pm.

Carrine Reilly wrote: Since it appears roads are going to be closed for a while, does anyone have any information regarding when people can go back out on the lake? We all got such great information from folks on the water. Many thanks to all!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:18pm.

Sarah G wrote: Re: saddleTramp - Owners being denied access to their homes has nothing to do with the "FEDs." It is a safety precaution because danger is still present. The fires have yet to be mostly contained, and the weather conditions are still not entirely favorable. Please be patient. Everyone is working as quickly as they can.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:23pm.

Robert McKibben wrote: Jackie, Thank You and your crew of volunteers for developing and maintaining this blog.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:27pm.

Bill/Reda/Amy Cook wrote: We own the cabin in Hog Bend with the Texas flag painted on the roof. We would like to be included in the group/list of owners/numbers/updates/etc. 817.265.7823

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:32pm.

mel wrote: Seriously saddleTramp, REALLY!!! Are all "FEDS" out to hurt us? So if someone got into their subdivisions and got electrocuted, would it then be their fault because they should have kept people out until they were sure it was safe?
I don't believe any of the "FEDS", fire fighters, police officers or anyone else in authority in this situation would intentionally keep people from their property 'just for grins'. They are concerned for the safety of every individual they have been fighting these fires for.
Each person that has worked and continues to work in this tragic situation is to be applauded!! God bless them, every one!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:33pm.

Bobby Johnson wrote: Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket is doing a fund raising effort tomorrow. Good place for Dallas County people to help out.This Thursday morning, between 6-10am, please come to the Riverchon Park Rec Center at 3501 Maple Avenue ( MAP ), just down from Maple and Oaklawn to drop off supplies for the Firefighters and the communities currently battling the wildfires around PK.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:36pm.

sharon cox wrote: Does anyone know when we might be able to return to our property to check it out?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:36pm.

Chris wrote: I found these pictures on another website and they might help some of you.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/61946927@N03/sets/72157626535389392/

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:37pm.

Matt wrote: An AT&T cell booster truck
Is fueling in Hudson Oaks right now then headed to PK.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:40pm.

Rod Nunley wrote: I'm on the peninsula (Trail Ridge), so this may seem trivial to all you Hog/Sportsman's/Gaines folks who were burned out. But I'm curious about the electricity. Am I going to open the door to an ungodly stench coming from the refrigerator, or is the juice still on? I know some folks earlier in the week were logging into their security cameras as far out as Burma Road.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:43pm.

Steven H wrote: I have spent the last two hours on the phone trying to get to the right person at AT&T. I was finally given the email address of a person that can help us. They sent me to offices in Washington state and Illinois before i got it. As soon as this person responds to my request for a portable cell tower, i will update you.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:46pm.

Ron Bulman wrote: Dear neighbors, especially those in Hog Bend. I can certainly understand your anxiety but you need to be patient. Your planning at this point for cleanup & rebuilding is commendable. But today is only a slight improvement to an overall massive situation. The are still putting out fires & flare ups. There is no power. Until we get a good rain the situation will probably not improve greatly and nobody knows how many days, weeks or longer that may be. For the fire fighters & other emergency personnel to sacrifice their time, sweat, and safety they don't need to be worrying about your safety, your famalies or friends much less curiosity seekers/gawkers. Nor do they need to deal with the traffic associated with such. The 1988 fire which started in sportsmans workd & burned several thousand acres was "put out" 2 days before it burned our place to the ground (including dog & cat). Then it was put out the day before. for I beleive about 2-3 months afterward the Set ranch did allow limited access for those affected to bring in building supplies & equipment. I have no idea if they will be so gracious again. The BRA dug a long wide pit they left open for a year or better for disposal of things like burned stoves, a/c, twisted metal etc.. When you do get to go back be prepared for devastation. It can be very depressing. Overwhelming. Mother never really got completely over loosing Puff & Peaches. If not for neighbors I think they would have left there for good.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:48pm.

Dave wrote: I believe that it would be a tad irresponsible to try and link a tragedy that occurred under different circumstances (Waco), infer a political connection, and then think that property rights trumps public safety. Let people who are trained to protect do their job. Please don't reduce this forum to speculation on motives of volunteers, state, local or federal officials. Please use caution and patience when we're allowed back in.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:48pm.

Koby Rogers wrote: Wner: In response to your post regarding property access, I can tell you that it's not a "fed" thing as you assumed. It is a SAFETY issue plain and simple. There are still fires burning, power lines down, trees over roads, etc.. From someone that has seen it first hand, I can tell you that it would solve nothing. If more fires were to break out with all of us in there, it would be chaos and lives would be lost. We've managed to not lose any lives thus far and I personally would like to keep it that way.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 4:51pm.

Robert wrote: In response to the various emails above about access to our properties. My father, my son, and I spent 16 hours inside GB yesterday taking care of our property. I think it terribly unfortunate that arrangements have not been made to allow property owners into their property. Yes, it is a bit scary and the devastation to property is tremendous and really indescribable. There is no electricity. There are hot spots, but very little left to burn. There have been a couple of others that have remained inside GB the entire week of this tragedy and which is truly amazing. There should be strict procedures in place to allow property owners in to view and take care of their property. I know for a fact that a property owner today was rebuffed and he had a crew with him to remove all cedar from around his house. Crazy!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:11pm.

Mary wrote: I just read an article on NBCDFW.com stating the evacuation for Palo Pinto County has been lifted. Have you heard if this is true or not? Can we get in now?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:16pm.

Janie Hurley wrote: Ron Bulman, why would you use the term "especially" for Hog Bend residents? Nobody has posted anything on this site that says that anyone from Hog Bend is trying to get onto their property right now! And noone has been presumptive about access via the Set Ranch either!

The people who have places in Hog Bend have brought all their building materials, furniture, appliances, food and water across on boats for years. We are some tough folks and will do what is necessary to make our lives right at Possum Kingdom again.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:20pm.

Steven wrote: We would all like to get access to the area to check our homes, go home or for whatever reason. There are several reasons they must restrict access. 1) Cars and people get in the way and hinder the efforts of the emergency responders and vehicles. 2) Safety: This fire is still barely contained and the weather is predicted to be windy again this weekend, which could put the lake area right back at ground zero. Then they would have to pull emergency people off fire fighting to evacuate residents again. We all need to just exercise patience and realize this is a natural disaster.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:50pm.

Will wrote: Does anyone know about the Whataburger on 16 right before the Gaines Bend entrance?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:52pm.

Barbara wrote: I am just wondering if there is some way to donate money to help out with gas and whatever else the firefighters might need?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:52pm.

Still Praying wrote: Lets please remember my friends, this is tragic, we need to pull together and stay calm, some seem to be getting worked up and its -very understandable- but please try to remember, take a deep breathe, try to be patient, and the information will come as soon as it can. May God Bless EVERYONE. I pray for you to wrap your arms around all the Firefighters, Police, Volunteers, ones on front lines passing all the information to us, photo takers, residence,our family & friends,guests,animals that have been lost or missed placed (even including the 13 yr old rattlesnake I embarked on one time out at PK, ALL PK lovers and I hope I didn't leave anyone or anything out. Again try to be patient my friends, we will get through this.... TOGETHER!
Still Praying!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 5:59pm.

Cheri wrote: Still wondering if anyone knows if the storage units on the South (left) side of 36 about 1/2 to 1/4 mile before you reach Graham Savings bank (and Mr. C's on the right at 2353) heading West toward the Peninsula survived the fire?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:08pm.

Linda Kay wrote: For the person wanting to know about power on the peninsula, I have been able to connect to my slingbox at my house on Cedar Crest Circle all week except for a couple of hours last night. Thanks to everyone that has worked hours on end and risked their lives to protect our property. God bless you all and thanks so much to the people that have set up and maintained this site. It has helped me to get through some very anxious moments.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:22pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: I appreciate the letter from The Cliffs Property Owners Association... What a GREAT place to have a lake home... They truly make living in The Cliffs a special place to be and a good experience. John and I want to thank everyone that gave their time to helping keep our home safe.... people that we will never be able to thank in person... God bless each and every one of you

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:22pm.

Sandy wrote: Amen to you sane people who realize the seriousness of this situation! PLEASE allow the people who have risked life and limb to protect us, to complete this job . The "Feds" can provide resources that aren't available otherwise, and allow some volunteers to return home and protect their own areas. And, the "powers-that-be" are there to make sure no one is hurt battling these horrendous wildfires. They are also there to ensure we don't do stupid things like go into dangerous situations that we aren't able to get outselves out of!!! Please give them the break they deserve!!! I would love to be able to access my property and see for myself that things are okay (or not), but I understand why things are being handled the way they are! I would like to again thank everyone involved, and pray everyone stays safe to return to their respective homes.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:25pm.

michelle wrote: This message is for Levi. Ft Worth Star Telegram would like to publish your Picture #135 for property at 1021 Pecan Ridge in Gaines Bend. We are providing them a before picture. If anyone knows Levi and me, would you get him my email address so we can get his permission in writing. PS thanks for letting me know my dock & boat were ok! Made me happy.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:33pm.

Salminen Family wrote: Our family moved from PK about a year and a half ago. We want you all to know that we are praying for you!! Especially our friends and church family! Stay strong! My heart aches for you all and the devastation around that beautiful place! May God bless you all and protect the many firefighters!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:34pm.

Robert wrote: In response to Dee Barnes and Sandy's post - Yep I would say that the management of the HOA and the Gibson's have flat out let down the residents of GB. Yes, I truly appreciate the seriousness of this situation. At no time, did we or anyone else we were working with endanger our lives, but we did things that in my opinion truly helped the overall cause and things that the fire fighters couldn't do for each property. Regarding the FEDS, I have no reason to think that they will not do an great job. The key at this point is to set strict rules and get property owners back in. At this point, the danger level is relatively low.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:39pm.

Steve from Murray wrote: Pray for rain. There looks like a fair sized cell SW of Cisco, it could head towards PK. Wouldn't that be a welcome sight. There is rain in surrounding areas. I am just keeping an eye on the radar.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 6:56pm.

Ron wrote: I was in SW yesterday delivering goodies for Roy and Jay and families and cruising development looking for spot fires. It is very dangerous. Power poles and lines over roads, some power poles still burning at ground level. Sure they have since fallen. When wind shifted about 3:00pm it didnt take but about 10 minutes to shift and burn the little pizza restaurant at hideaway cabins. cabins were saved.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:14pm.

Hank Anderson wrote: Young County Humane Society has sent out a call for donations. They have been swamped with animals from the fire including cattle and horses, dogs, rabbits, even guinea pigs. For those of you in Wichita Falls wishing to help, please take contributions to the Colonial Park Veterinary Clinic, 4713 Taft. Whatever is collected will be delivered to Graham Friday morning. They need hay, bleach, paper towels, scrub brushes, pine sol, dog food, cat food, and cat liter. Thanks for anything you can do, and thanks to Dr. Mike Bomar at Colonial Park Veterinary Clinic.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:19pm.

Steven wrote: Do you have someone inside sportsman world that knows about the bluff creek drive area? I'm trying to find out how the first house on your right (west) past sunset cove cul de sac on bluff creek drive did in the fires. It is near the end of bluff creek drive. It is past the last cul de sac on the right. Here is the GPS coordinates so there is no mistake. You can google the coordinates.
32.831664,-98.496509 .

White large A frame style house set back from the road with a 2 car garage closer to the road, no gate.

I am checking for a friend that does not have computer access.

Thank you very much,

Steven

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:20pm.

Carrine Reilly wrote: ron, since you were in there yesterday--was this after the second fire that came over the ridge. The CNN report was really scary showing how they were preparing everything for the fires coming over the ridge. The front page of the Dallas Morning News has the ranch with the flames behind it. We haven't been able to get any confirmation of status of homes after about 10am yesterday. Did the ranch house make it? Can you give us any status of homes along Bluff Creek.
Thanks from all of us for your support of our heros--Roy and Jay!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:23pm.

Randy wrote: I was interested if any of the guys that are in SW could tell us anything about the houses on bluff creek drive. I understand that it may have gotten two of them?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:27pm.

Robert wrote: Good Morning America was at the Whataburger on Highway 16 and in Sportsmans World today shooting video for tomorrow morning's broadcast (ABC; Channel 8 in the DFW area). Hopefully they will have good footage of the area.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 7:55pm.

Jenna Lee wrote: Does anybody know if The Harbours or The Ranch have lost anything? Praying for all!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:01pm.

Neely's Slough wrote: There has been very little information on Neely's Slough. It has been mentioned a few times but can someone tell me if any houses in Neely's Slough burned.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:02pm.

The Groves Family wrote: First we would like to say an inadequate THANK YOU to pondera for this awesome blog. Then we turn our thankful hearts to all of the emergency personnel and firefighters who have risked their lives for all of us. We look at the pictures and see devastation and then saving grace, we also know now with a heavy heart that there will be a need for all of us to continue to work together to rebuild our beautiful PK. When the time is right, we will all pull together. God's love to all!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:10pm.

sherry wrote: When they reopen the lake to homeowners, it would probably be a wise idea to bring evidence
of ownership around the lake...maybe a tax invoice from the county you reside in.

Like so many of you, I have never been involved with such a large loss of structures. Will the county look elsewhere for revenue?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:26pm.

Eric wrote: It is raining really hard in Graham!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:30pm.

Patty wrote: Rain is on the radar - yahoo - bring it on

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:37pm.

kerry wrote: open the active fires tab on the left and make sure your modis thermal satellite box is checked.
MODIS data will be most up to date. GeoMAC is the most up to date system I have come across and is where places like wundermap are getting data. GeoMAC coordinates with ground command centers too I believe.



Subject: GeoMAC Viewer


http://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:42pm.

Copyright expert wrote: MICHELLE AND LEVI: Just my opinion, but newspapers typically pay between $500 and $1,500 for photography, so Levi should be treated like everyone else and be given an appropriate fee for his photo. I know it's a tragedy, I know this is "news," etc. but fair is fair, so I hope Levi gets paid something for his photo if it is going to be used by the media to sell newspapers. They don't write the stories for nothing. The photographic art speaks a thousand words... Of couse it's Levi's choice. Again, just voicing my opinion.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:54pm.

C wrote: Is there any projected time for more aerial pictures of Gaines Bend that were reportedly coming forward today? Thank you.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 8:57pm.

Kacey wrote: What locations are still needing volunteers? I am in the FtW area and can deliver more supplies or help with whatever service they need help with. I could also help anyone that needs a temporary home for horses.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:10pm.

Julie wrote: Has the rain made it out to PK? I heard that it is raining and even hailing in Graham.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:19pm.

Beth Cavazos wrote: Is it really raining there?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:27pm.

Susan wrote: To Robert, please clarify your comments criticizing the Gibsons and the HOA of Gaines Bend. As a homeowner, I would be interested in hearing more than a vague condemnation of their actions. Thank you.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:32pm.

Janice wrote: Earlier today the Young County Humane Society needed puppy chow also. I am not sure of that status now, but about 4 they were in need of it according to a friend who had been out their donating dog food. Thanks from Graham!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:39pm.

Alyssa wrote: Nathan- regarding lot 61, there are 3 jetski docks attached to the dock. The cabin has a green roof and a bunk house behind it also with a green roof

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:40pm.

Tanya Murphy wrote: Thank you for keeping this blog open. I pray for continued safety for all.......God bless.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:41pm.

Esteban wrote: From a legal standpoint, Robert is correct on the issue of access to his property. The Texas Constitution and Texas Supreme Court cases state that the Police cannot and shall not deprive a property owner of access to his property unless the restraints imposed are "the least restrictive possible." Here, we have a situation where there is no burning fire in Gaines Bend and while conditions may be hazardous, they are dangerous. There is a clear difference. Our Constitutional rights allow the Police to protect us from danger, not a perceived hazard. However, Robert, I cannot agree with you that the HOA or the Gibsons have let us down. They have the absolute right under the Constitution to express their opinion(s) that people should stay away for awhile out of concern of for safety. But in the end, no one has the right to stop a person from access to property that he/she owns when the conditions are merely hazardous and not out-right dangerous due to the requirement that the police exercise the "least restrictive means" available when providing protection. That is the law, plain and simple, and to the extent the police are not following the law that they have sworn to uphold, they are (unintentionally) infringing Constitutionally protected rights. Bottom line: unless there is a known dangerous threat, the police should, instead of blocking traffic, stop traffic and advise each person of the possible hazardous conditions and, after telli peopl of the hzards, allow them to pass. Case closed.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:44pm.

Jay Turner wrote: My good friend, George Dunham, sports radio host in Dallas on 1310 "The Ticket" will be sponsoring a drive on the air in the morning from 6 am to 10 am for items needed by the firefighters. Please see www.theticket.com for details on the items they are requesting. George got a company to donate the transportation of the items to Mineral Wells tomorrow morning. I've been coming to PK for over 40 years, and introduced George and his family to PK a few years ago. They also have property at the lake and he is so sincere in his efforts to help in any way. Please pass this along to your friends in the DFW area.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:52pm.

Sarah Stelzer wrote: No structures have been lost in the Ranch or The Harbor. Praise God! McAdams peak burned several times, but was put out quickly so it did not spread across FM2353. There have been a few individuals on-site through most of this tragedy. Thank you for their bravery and the many firefighters and other brave volunteers that have helped in many ways. Including this wonderful blog and website! We appreciate everyones efforts!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:54pm.

Karen Thornton? wrote: Please post information on Neely's Slough...were there any houses lost?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:58pm.

Sonja Wood wrote: We live on Bluebonnet circle GB got in yesterday to our area by boat want to get pics on not sure how to do that

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 9:59pm.

Morgan wrote: I wanted to let everyone know that I have heard that the ESCAPE CONDOS (as well as all the Condos in the immediate area) are safe (as of yesterday at 1pm). A fire was put out near the houses at BLUFF CREEK POINT around 11am yesterday and a video was posted on YouTube. I hope and pray no other structures will burn. armor11acr was generous enough to provide a video confirmation at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAsiJCZFv24&feature=related

Thank you to armor11acr, Corman Corp., and Pilots Rick and Joseph!

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:16pm.

Ryan wrote: Do we have an update on the home at 5085 Hells Gate Loop - there was a small fire there this afternoon.... Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:19pm.

mike harmon wrote: hope and i left golden cove today @ 12:00am , every thing is fine on the peninsula. the speedway and cottages @ 16and 36 look fine too

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:20pm.

Peggy Gibson wrote: Jenna: As far as we know there have been no losses in either the Ranch or the Harbor.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:27pm.

Sherry Berman wrote: We live in 7089 Hells Gate Loop and we have confirmation that our house is still standing. It is owned by Andy and Sherry Berman. Earlier, Bob said everything on Hells Gate Loop was burnt up to his home and we have heard from several sources that our house and Brenda and Eddie Sanders home is still standing.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:31pm.

dee barnes wrote: I just heard that it rained in Graham... can someone please let us know if it rained at Possum kingdom..

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:42pm.

Ann wrote: Are there still fires? Do they know if people can come to Gaines Bend Thursday?

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 10:54pm.

Peggy Gibson wrote: @Robert I'm really curious why you think "the Gibson's" have let you down? What is it that you think we should have done? Let me know and I will make every effort to meet your needs.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:08pm.

Levi Barnard wrote: Michelle! I have more pictures of your house. Please contact me asap. 6twenty5@gmail.com or feel free to call me at 817-889-0413.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:18pm.

Texas Wildfire Photos wrote: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/04/texas-wildfires/100050/

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:20pm.

Peggy Galanos wrote: It's very humbling that the Harbor is fine when others have lost so much. We just got an update that they've been putting out "hot spots" today but all is well. Praying peace, comfort, and protection for all involved and affected by this tragedy.

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:32pm.

phyllis wrote: @ Carolyn McArthur// When you say your husband and brother in law are going home/ do you mean leaving Hoggs Bend and the lake? Just curious because my husband and neighbor are also there at Hoggs Bend down on the western part and are staying because the lake is closed to recreational boaters. Any info would be helpful. Thank you

Posted on Wednesday, April 20th, 2011 at 11:46pm.

Laura wrote: @Chan King: Rob, my husband, (from Caddo Merchantile) tried to get into our property this morning/early afternoon... No luck they are not letting anyone in on 33. He didn't try Brandy Lane, however. He was told it would be ,most likely Sat. before we can check it out.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:36am.

Karin Anderson wrote: It has been raining here in Denton where my family & I have been staying since Sunday.Please tell me if there is rain out where we need it?!?! OK, back to the rain
dancing & prayers for this lady... who is ready to go home any time soon. I've been hearing
Friday will be the homecoming for all of us PK evacuees, I sure hope so.. but I won't hold my breath ;-) Jackie & company I want to thank you all again from the bottom of my heart...you are every bit as much of a hero as all the rest trying to get us home safely.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:39am.

Jackie Cox wrote: Have read through all posts looking for centralized donation point for all volunteer fire depts. Several of us owners in Abilene and Graham would like to get money to them. Anyone have good info? Thanks for all of the hard work! Jackie Cox

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:25am.

Tawnya Hendricks wrote: Is there anyone still in the Rock Creek area? It seems that several requets for info have gone unanswered and I was just wondering if perhaps there is someone who could be contacted and asked to check on the area. We have a place on Stoney End, just off Rock Creek loop and would appreciate any information that may be scrounged up!! You can call or email me at 817-937-5689 and flyert@att.net.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:21am.

Krista Klein wrote: SW - We received a photo of our house still standing at 5041 Hell's gate loop. Our undeveloped property across the road from us is completely burned and the fire looks to have jumped the road and burned all the way up our driveway towards the house. Thank you to the firefighters and SW volunteers for saving our house.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:21am.

Terri (Hoover) Baker wrote: Any news on Caddo Bay area? Info has been very sparse. Want to head that way. Can we get up Park Road 33 to Rocky Lane? Hwy Dept web site not much help about closings in that area. Are things getting any better? Satellite fire photos look like fire line is still moving toward Chaulk Lane? ANY current info would be helpful.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:41am.

saddletramp wrote: "BULLYING" has really been in the news of late...property owners at PK are being "bullied" in the form of denial for access to their properties!!! I bare fully the cost of my home and deserve every responsibility for looking after it. Given my age I don't need "nanny state" to watch out for me.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:45am.

Rich wrote: For Karin Anderson
I talk to my wife by phone last evening at about 7:30pm it starting raining in Graham. Keep your fingers crossed and stay with the rain dancing.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:56am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: The Rock Creek Area of the lake is in good shape. There were no properties lost there.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:13am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Regarding access to Caddo, Marsha Bettis says she has not gotten confirmation, but yesterday Hwy 1148 to Ivan was open so you could go from there to State Park 33 and in. She has had no information as to whether 180 is open at Park Road 33 so don't know for sure about that.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:15am.

Susan Cheng wrote: It is raining light and steady in Brock, TX I pray that it has also quenched the remaining fires around PK. Thank you God for the rain- the most powerful firefighter has entered the game!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:43am.

Dennis Dial wrote: Perhaps I missed it but who are the folks holed up in the hotel in MW who have tirelessly published the fire reports on Pondera website? It seems they have given us all a lot of much needed information and should be recognized. I am not sure what a lot of us would have done without their efforts. A big thank you to whoever they are!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:51am.

Deb Chapman wrote: Neeley's Slough and Bob White Bluffs homes were not damaged. This observation was made by a friend and neighbor who lives in that area.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:57am.

Katie wrote: Does anyone know anything about this house?
It belongs to my family and is just up from the intersection of Hells Gate Loop and Hells Gate Drive, located at 6161 Hells Gate Drive. Any information would be greatly appreciated - no one seems to know any details. Help!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:06am.

Shelley wrote: How come Shawn Gibson has not given any reports on Gaines Bend, we know our house burned but we found out thru other means.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:09am.

KL wrote: Saddletramp -- Sounds like you need "Super Nanny" to straighten you out. Whining and criticizing the efforts of those putting their lives on the line is juvenile. At your age, show some respect! We all have lost in this tragedy and negative posts on this blog are irresponsible and unproductive. If you want to comment on the political aspects of Federal relief, please find another blog. Let's keep this one for those concerned about PK and our neighbors. Bless you Jackie and your team for your unbelievable efforts. We cannot thank you enough!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:17am.

Amy Sabbatini wrote: I just want to say that I spent all day at the blog "command center" yesterday and if anyone thinks for one second that the Gibsons have not done enough for GB home owners you should know they are doing all they can. I watched as they tirelessly tried to compare aerial photos to their data bases to determine which homes were damaged. I assure you they are not sitting around eating bonbons. They have been displaced just as many others have. We all will be allowed into our homes as soon as it is safe. Please just try and be patient and do not use this blog as a forum to make inflammatory statements. It helps no one.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:19am.

Ann Johnson wrote: I don't live in the PK or Palo Pinto area now, but I grew up there. The house I grew up in is a stone's throw from the courthouse. Thanks for updating everyone, including us ex-pats. Its a relief to me to know that the house my daddy and I both grew up in is still safe at this point. God Bless you for your work informing us.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:21am.

Deb Chapman wrote: Good Morning America video: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/texas-wildfires-burn-million-acres-13425810

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:34am.

Karin Anderson wrote: As soon as the roads getting in to the peninsula open up can someone let me know which ones.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:58am.

Russell Keller wrote: It might be a good idea for residents to have some warning before the powers allow access to the area such that we can protect ourselves from looters.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:59am.

colleen barber wrote: Terri(Hover) Marsha said you could email here directly about Caddo area her email is MarshaBettis.com I have a house on Harbor View my neighbor went down yesterday said all the houses are fine. I would wait to go they still have park rd #33 blocked at the cattle guard. I know how you feel I want to go there too but I still don't think its safe! I know its hard but we have to let the emergancy crews do their job and stay out of there way :(

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:02am.

Carrine Reilly wrote: Just received a flash from SW HOA Dave Bergman is trying to work with Incident Team manager to allow a board member limited access to SW so they can report back to homeowners

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:08am.

Lee Roberson wrote: Terri: Two houses burned down on Brandy Road all others were ok on Monday of this week. I was there. My address is 3663 Brandy Road. The two houses were on each side of residence don't know the address of these homes. Did not see any residences burned down of Hazard Way. Firemen were doing a wonderful and amazing job.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:09am.

Janet wrote: Has anyone heard about the homes on Ellis Sodd Rd.?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:11am.

Danielle Sweat wrote: Just out of curiosity...Anyone have any idea how long it will take to get SW and GB up and running with power again? I've heard rumors that it will be end of May but I also heard 90 days. I would assume that since there are people that live there full time it would be closer to end of May rather than 90 days. Insurance is not going to want to pay displacement for three months...

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:15am.

Robert wrote: In response to my posts, at this point we all need to look forward. While I firmly believe that the Gibson's and/or the President of the GB HOA should have remained in GB for the duration, as did Roy Davis in SW, that is not really an issue that bears anymore discussion. It is my belief that based on their status as officers of the HOA, members of the HOA can get clearance to access the GB. There should be plans being made now on how to protect property owners from individuals that do not have any right being inside GB. The threat is from both land and water. While I understand the issue of the power lines, the lines have been de-energized since Monday. They are not a threat to any of us at this point. I am very concerned at this point about not being allowed back in for an extended period of time. Regretting that I left at this point!!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:28am.

Deb Chapman wrote: Ok, now the VFD personnel are being sent home and the National and Texas Fire Service have stepped in. HOW do we try to compensate the individual volunteers who most likely have lost a week of their livelihood? What can our community do to reach out to these men, women and families who were the front line of the defense of our homes and property for a full week? I've made my donation to the VFDs but I would like to drill down to the individuals.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:30am.

Jim Carroll wrote: Does anyone know if 113 Sikes Ct. Graford has burned ? Has anyone heard from Tom Hoggard at that address? I have not been able to reach him by phone.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:44am.

Marinell Turnage wrote: Re Dennis Dial's question - I'm sure heroes are too numerous to name, but the major hero, leader, and wise and skillful person behind this communication coordination effort appears to be Jackie Fewell of Pondera Properties. I hope she gets some type of reward and recognition after all this is over. In my opinion, she's an inspirational example of someone who steps up to the plate and knows what to do and how to do it, no matter what circumstances evolve or are thrown at her. Pondera is blessed to have her, and those of us unable to "be there" appreciate all she has done and continues to do. May God continue to bless, strengthen, and uphold her.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:48am.

AN wrote: We're hearing that supplies for firefighters are no longer needed. Is this true? Is there any areas that still need supplies? Shelters, anything? We have a lot collected that we were bringing out tomorrow and don't know what to do.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:56am.

Bob Stevens wrote: SW - My house is 1020 Bluff Creek Dr. I got pictures yesterday of my house and I am blessed to say it survived. In fact if you did not know about the fires you would think everything was normal. This leads me to believe that that area of Bluff Creek is in good shape. Any neighbors can email me and I'll send them the photo.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:57am.

Katie wrote: My name is linked in the above post to pictures of our house, but here is the link again:
http://www.allpossumkingdomlakerealestate.com/8177860_47319-6161-W-Hells-Gate-Drive-Possum-Kingdom-Lake-TX-RES_Detail.aspx

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:01am.

Barbara Corry wrote: I just wanted to thank you for all y'all are doing to keep us informed. We, at Coppell High School are collecting money and supplies. Our staff and students are very concerned. One of our teachers grew up on Graford, and my cousin lives just off 16 and 337.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:08am.

Al Williams wrote: I understand God is beginning to bless us with RAIN!!! I am continuing to pray for several inches that will put a lid on this tragedy. I am also praying for the families of those who have lost loved ones and all that are continuing to put their lives on the line for us and all of those who are supporting their efforts and those keeping us informed. Thank you everyone!!!! Thank you God for the rain thus far.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:10am.

Danielle Sweat wrote: I hadn't thought about that Russell, but that is scary! We have an alarm on our home but if there is no power...You know. Anyone know how long it will take to get power back? A month? Three months?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:19am.

Megan wrote: Does anyone have any information about the hangers around landing strip in sportsman world? We have friends who are wanting info on them? Also, any updates where fires on east side are? Thanks to all for sharing much needed info!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:21am.

dh wrote: can you please update us on the amount of funds raised?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:22am.

Jerry wrote: Thank you Amy S

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:22am.

Jeff wrote: Does anyone have further updates on phase 12 Cliffs/Bob White Bluffs area. My house is the most western you can get in the Cliffs, we are at the bottom of the road near the creek.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:29am.

Peninsula Homeowner wrote: Highway conditions look like they cleared up around 10 AM, looks like it is safe to drive in now
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/GIS/HCRS_main/viewer.htm

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:30am.

Judy Cotter wrote: Has anyone heard of conditions across Hwy 16 from the Cliffs? The Beldon's, The Green's, Garland Bend? I can't seem to get confirmation regarding the hots spots in that area showing up on the map.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:43am.

Anissa wrote: Does anyone know the status of 1027 Robin Lane?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:47am.

Susan Cheng wrote: Just a note to those who may have lost homes, Realtors and neighbors- as an appraiser who has done a fair amount of work in PK anyone who has photos of inside, outside, of homes that have burned should make this known to the neighbors who lost their homes as they will be invaluable when working with insurance adjusters. It is a good reminder to all of us to take pictures of our home's interiors and exteriors, and closets, and drawers, and make lists of belongings to put in a safe deposit box or other safe site off site. Old appraisals will also be valuable so if you bought in last 5 years, or refinanced you can contact your appraiser who will still have records and photos probably. (Maybe even further back).

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:48am.

Mark G Anderson wrote: Michelle Steuber, you are my little girl and hero, Jackie, Pam, Gaya and all the others on the team are doing a great job. The Ponderapk has really been awesome!!! Your husband Kris and Johnathon are doing a great job and since the deer are herded up on Bluebonnet in Gaines bend Im glad we can get them some food delivered.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:49am.

Melissa wrote: Yes, Jackie Fewell and Michelle Steuber are the two behind this communication coordination. They have both been working on this since Saturday. They have had a team of volunteers at the communication center since they moved it to the Holiday Inn. A large thank you should go to all of them who have kept the community informed.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:50am.

Brian wrote: Robert-officers of an HOA owe you no duty under the law or under any moral/ethical grounds to stay behind and risk their well being for your property or their own. What an amazingly, short sighted and selfish view you have. It's tragic and emotionally heartwrenching. My entire cove in Hog Bend was burned, so I do have "skin in the game." The bottom line is homes can be replaced, lives can't. Grow up.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:59am.

Roger Lehman wrote: As PK residents begin their clean up efforts we should keep in mind that this is a small community that we all need to support as we work toward recovery. I would suggest that to the extent possible, we should use local businesses and individuals to help with the clean up efforts. Second, there will be hundreds of people descending on PK to offer “help”. It would be great to have some sort of contractor referral blog. A place to post questions and check references of those selling their services to PK residents.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:59am.

Sarah G wrote: It's so easy to armchair quarterback, isn't it? Pray (meditate, whatever is your thing), be patient and trust the exhausted folks who working to protect you and your property - all the while you critique them. Why not just say thank you and ask how you can help for now? It's going to be a long road out of this mess.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:02am.

Barbara Mowrey wrote: This is from United co-op

Fires that started in west Texas early last week and moved east were aided by extremely dry conditions and high winds, according to a Reuters report. The fires migrated toward the Possum Kingdom Lake area of United's service area on April 15, forcing the cooperative to take drastic measures. At the direction of the fire marshal, United de-energized some of its electric distribution lines serving more than 1,000 members in the region. United is unable to assess the extent of the damage to its infrastructure in many areas due to previous evacuation mandates preventing accessibility to some of those areas.
United crews are currently working to restore power where the possibility to do so exists. However, due to the severity of the damage, many areas victimized by the fires will certainly require extensive repair, if not complete rebuilding of large sections of the distribution system.
In some cases, there are areas that avoided damage from the fires, but the acreage/landscape between those areas and United’s distribution lines has been burned and United’s infrastructure destroyed. As a result, even areas that seemingly appear to be okay from a fire damage perspective will still be impacted by power outages because the system “up-line” or “down-line” has been severely damaged.
Early estimates, which have not been confirmed, suggest several hundred utility poles have been destroyed by the fire. As a result, it will be an extended period that many members will be without power. That extended period could be from days to weeks. Once United is allowed access to all of its service territory, it will ramp up damage assessments and the rebuilding process. United crews will be aided by outside contractor crews to expedite the rebuilding process.
Further, prior to setting new utility poles, the cooperative is required to have Digtess—which helps identify buried facilities before excavators begin digging—locate underground infrastructure, such as pipelines. That process, while necessary to help ensure the safety of United's members and employees, could hold up the restoration efforts. United encourages members and the public to prepare for such a challenging circumstance.
Due to the mandatory evacuation of the Possum Kingdom Lake area, United has closed its Possum Kingdom office until further notice

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:05am.

Jennifer wrote: We are also looking for any information about the hangers around the landing strip in sportsman world? Thanks for all your hard work!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:07am.

Diana wrote: To AN: Even if they aren't needed for this fire, the volunteer departments will be grateful for those supplies as the season continues. I"m sure any volunteer department would be happy to have them. Remember that most volunteer departments struggle for funds for basic equipment, and the firefighters themselves have to pay for luxuries like eyes drops and eye protection. This looks like it will be a hard summer for these departments, so don't stop helping just because this one incident seems to be settling down.

To all of you that live in PK, my prayers are with you. My fiance has been a wildland firefighter for 13 years, and it's terrifying watching it this close to home. Please be patient. These folks want to get you home as badly as you want to be there, but they want you to be safe. Remember that they are there to save lives and property whenever possible. The roots of all the trees and plants are still burning, just because you can't see the flames, doesn't mean the fire is out. Please please be patient and let them do what they are there for, so that when you DO go back home, you're able to stay and rebuild, instead of having to evacuate again because of a flare up.

God bless all of you.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:09am.

Marinell wrote: Praise God from Whom all blessings [e.g., rain] flow!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:11am.

Bobby Frank wrote: Are you still going to post the Hell's Gate videos that you received from Bob McCormick last night. We are hoping to see our home at 6044 Hell's Gate Loop. We have received conflicting reports that it burned and then that it's safe. There are pics of our next door neighbor's home burned to the ground. Very sad. We've been on an emotional roller coaster and just need to see something wither way. Thanks.....

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:16am.

Rod Nunley wrote: Russell, Danielle, in 1983 I lived in Galveston when Hurricane Alicia hit. On the west end of the island, where damage was greatest, the National Guard and DPS set up a checkpoint. Only property owners could pass, and you had to have proof. Friends who came out to help you had to stop at the checkpoint, and you had to go out and get them. Nobody was allowed past the checkpoint without being accompanied by a property owner. Zero tolerance, and they enforced it (with M-16s when necessary!). I think you should urge Sheriff Mercer (I assume he'll be the law enforcement lead) to institute that same policy.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:17am.

Amy Houston Bearden wrote: Deb, I agree, it is important that we find a way to help out those who have given so much of their time and time from their work. As you I have given to my local VFDs that came to help with the effort but I am also looking for a way to help compensate the individuals.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:19am.

Don Stubblefield wrote: does anyone know the status of the town of Graford and north of town on 337 ?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:19am.

Carissa wrote: I received this link in an email today. Thought I'd share it:

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/04/texas-wildfires/100050/

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:20am.

Janice wrote: Can you tell me if there is a way that a home owner can get in to the Cliff's? They have animals that need to be fed.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:24am.

Shirley Garrett wrote: How do we find out when it's safe and legally permitted to return to our property in SW?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:25am.

Shar wrote: Wondering how the Park itself looks. My family has camped in Chaperal area for 10 years every Memorial Day Weekend. So sorry for everyone's loss of property.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:33am.

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-ALE coordinates all aspects of the move-out and lease extension process.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:35am.

C wrote: Is there any resource available to determine what federal aid is available to those that lost homes (and obviously value, as the scorched earth and no vegetation will take many years, if ever, to replace)? I know it has been classified as a diaster area- any help on resources for those families affected would be appreciated.

Also, any update on the aerial photos of Gaines Bend that were supposed to have been posted yesterday? Again, many thanks.

Finally- it is my personal opinion that any costs of hotels, etc incurred by those doing this blog should be reimbursed from the Relief Fund. Just my opinion. I hope those on the community board overseeing these funds will consider that.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:37am.

Ben wrote: I am bringing donations out to Graford ISD this afternoon from Fort Worth and wanted to know what the immediate needs are. What do the firefighters or evacuees need? Please call me or email me 214-766-0754 or b.s.witten@tcu.edu

Thank you and God bless!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:38am.

STephen Kennedy wrote: I am deeply gratetful for everything that the Gibsons and other officers of the HOA and Pondera have done for us to date and applaud their dedication. The point made above that the officers of the HOA might want to request permission to gain access to GB for the purpose of collecting information on status, making plans to protect from property loss, etc. is not a bad idea. We know that the power lines have been de-energized. It seems that the hot spots can be avoided. And if it's just a few of the HOA officers (or even a sub-committee appointed by the HOA) gaining access, there should not be any inconvenience to the fireman and police, who are just trying to do their job. One would think it would be a reasonable non-invasive request to the Sheriff's office to permit the HOA officers (or a sub-comittee of responsible HOA members) limited access to the site (specifying the time access would be granted and when they must leave). Perhaps the the HOA should consider that possibility? If the Sherriff says no, well then, we live with that. In the end, however, I defer to the the good judgment of the HOA officers if they believe that the situation is still too dangerous. Thank you kindly.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:40am.

Steve Burdett wrote: We have owned a home at PK for several years and I am the owner of of an Insurance Agency that insures homes here. If I can answer any of your insurance questions or concerns about your home you can call me on my cell at 817-994-3250 or email me at steverburdett@gmail.com

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:47am.

Stephen Kennedy wrote: Are these items still needed? The Dallas Bar Association’s Executive Director Catherine Maher reports that the DBA is collecting the following items at Belo Mansion’s second floor today (April 21) and Grapevine Station #1 by April 26:
• Chapstick with moisturizer (non-flavored)
• Sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater
• Eye Drops
• Gold Bond powder
• Cotton T-shirts of all sizes
• Cotton undergarments for men and women of all sizes
• Cotton tube socks for men and women
• Under Armour type undergarments for men and women of all sizes
• Leather gloves
• Sunglasses
• Gel packs that can be frozen and worn over their necks
• Bandannas that can be wetted and worn
• Granola bars
• Fruit snacks

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:50am.

Jon wrote: Very accurate looking map of the fires. Select Active Fires to the left and then check Current Fire and Current Fire Perimeter.
http://www.geomac.gov/viewer/viewer.shtml

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:56am.

robby cobb wrote: My wife's family has a place on Harbor View Dr. off of park rd 33 on Caddo Bay. My in-laws were just turned away by the authorities at the first cattle guard entering the state park's western boundary. The crews are working on fire breaks and restoring utilities and don't need resident traffic in the area, which is VERY understandable. GOD BLESS all the professionals and volunteers who put their lives on hold and in harm's way to help us during this tragic event.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:59am.

james vick wrote: I wish there were more/closer aerial photos of Hog Bend. The ones that I seen show just a glimpse of my cabin (with burn areas near or at my cabin #74). The ones of GB are great.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:06pm.

Joyce Bazis wrote: KSCS 96.3 radio in Dallas is having a fund raiser for donations for our VFD's. Tomorrow people can request a song with a donation. They will have 2 times during the day to do this. I have sent them a request to see if some of this can be funneled directly to the VFD's for disbursement to the individual firefighters to compensate them for their week's salary loss fighting to protect us and our properties.
I cannot adequately express my deep gratitude to the crew from Pondera who has worked so tirelessly to keep us posted. You have been a God-send to the property owners. Our house in the Cliffs is safe so far, for which I am grateful. My prayers are with the many who have lost so much.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:09pm.

Rick C wrote: To Don Stubblefield re the 4-21-11 11:19 post - I was thru Graford yesterday (4-20) at about 11 am and then about 4 pm - Fires are no where close to Graford and all appeared normal.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:13pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Janice, unfortunately we're not allowed back in the Cliffs yet. Can you please tell me where the animals are? Not sure if we can help but will try.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:17pm.

PK Will Rebuild wrote: How sad that some want to do nothing but offer their negative opinion about what OTHERS should have or need to be doing right now. (Robert) NO one, not even the VOLUNTEER firefighters owe you anything....ESPECIALLY not HOA members. Their lives are JUST as important as yours and they have famillies too. To say that they should have stayed is downright selfish and beyond belief. Keep your negative comments and criticism to yourself or spew them somewhere else. Leave this blog for what it was intended....help and questions in a positive way. Don't be a Debbie Downer. MANY people have lost here. Emotions are running high and your finger pointing is not helping.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:17pm.

Robby Cobb wrote: My wife's family has a place on Harbor View Dr. off of park rd.33 on Caddo Bay. My in-laws were just turned away at the cattle guard on 33 at the western boundary of the state park. Crews are woking the area making fire breaks and restoring utilities and do not need the traffic which is VERY understandable. GOD BLESS all the professionals and volunteers who have put their lives on hold and in harms way to help us during this tragic event.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:26pm.

Pam Kinkema wrote: And speaking of Grapevine: A regional effort through the TX Division of Emergency Management has developed a list of items needed to support firefighters involved in the wildland firefighting.

In light of this, any citizens wanting to donate goods from the list can be directed to deliver them to Grapevine Station #1. Any donations other than items on this list should be referred to the Salvation Army or Red Cross. Deadline Date: 4/26/11
Texas Firefighters Need:

Chapstick with Moisturizer (non-flavored)
Sunscreen with SPF 30 or greater
Eye Drops
**Electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, Powerade, etc) These are preferred over bottled water.
Individually packed collapsable drinks so they can be frozen and packed in a lunch the next day (Capri Sun or something similar)
Gold Bond powder
Bottled water
Cotton T-shirts of all sizes
Cotton Undergarments for men and women of all sizes
Cotton tube socks for men and women
Under Armour type undergarments for men and women of all sizes
Leather gloves
Sunglasses
Gel packs that can be frozen and worn over their necks
Bandanas that can be wetted and worn
Granola bars
Fruit snacks

And for all you looking for supplies to rebuild: Remember Furrs Lumber Yard in Mineral Wells. They made a very generous donation of gloves for the firefighting effort.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:27pm.

Susan wrote: Having gone thru a Tornado in Wichita Falls, TX many years agp amd now living thru this, I welcome the road blocks. These are not only for our safety, but also to protect from the looters. When it was safe to go to the homes in WF, proof had to be shown to get back to the homes just for such property protection. Let's give these guys blocking our roads our respect - they are truly doing their jobs and trying to protect not only lives, but the property as well.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:30pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Anissa, unfortunately the list we have at this time shows that 1027 Robin Lane was lost in the fire. Peggy Gibson called the property owner and if you have any questions you can call her.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:33pm.

Pam A wrote: C, the aerial photos of Gaines Bend have been posted. After you get into the PonderaPK.com website, click on the fire information, then on "click here to see pictures from around the lake, then click on dedicated photo website. On the right hand side you'll see the aerial pictures album.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:39pm.

Pam A wrote: Jeff, the fires that were back in the Ph 11&12 of the Cliffs were distinguished. From the information we have at the moment, no homes in the Cliffs were lost.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:42pm.

Patsy wrote: Anissa, we were at 1028 Robin Lane. If looking toward the water, I believe you are right next door to our left (Jim Collier's old house). From the pictures taken yesterday, it appears your home is still there

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:47pm.

Janice wrote: Pam, Thank you for the information. I'm not sure - they live on Castle Harbour but they have outside cats. They left food, but not sure if the cats are still there or have run away.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:47pm.

Adriana wrote: I'm certain that all efforts to help from those that can't be on the front lines is greatly appreciated. Though I do not live there now, I still have friends and family in Palo Pinto, Graford, and Mineral Wells. My heart and thoughts go out to everyone affected by this disaster. Better days are to come. I see that there are still many people wanting to help with supplies and I thought I'd share the lastest from the Mineral Wells Index about how we can help,. If you already have supplies I'm sure they'll will find a use for them, if not now, in the future...hot season is just starting. They seem to be asking for monetary donations now as they are overwhelmed with supplies. For more details go here: http://mineralwellsindex.com/homepage/x69806110/New-ways-to-help

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:54pm.

James shannon Coffee wrote: Insurence Questions : Many policy holders do not know and are not aware of their coverages ( or lack of ) I am in property adjusting for the last 15 years and have a reasonable understanding of property coverage . I have been a properety adjuster for 15 years with experience of claims settlement work for many different companies . Please call me if I can be of any assistance , and I will anbswer your concerns as well as I am able . 817 596 - 4985 . we have a cabin in caddo about 1/2/ mile east of the pump station on the north side ( little a frame , All Alone in cove ) I have heard it might be ok since saturday . Any new news to the contrary ? Thanks and God bless all those that have helped us through this .

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:55pm.

James shannon Coffee wrote: Insurence Questions : Many policy holders do not know and are not aware of their coverages ( or lack of ) I am in property adjusting for the last 15 years and have a reasonable understanding of property coverage . I have been a properety adjuster for 15 years with experience of claims settlement work for many different companies . Please call me if I can be of any assistance , and I will anbswer your concerns as well as I am able . 817 596 - 4985 . we have a cabin in caddo about 1/2/ mile east of the pump station on the north side ( little a frame , All Alone in cove ) I have heard it might be ok since saturday . Any new news to the contrary ? Thanks and God bless all those that have helped us through this .

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:55pm.

saddletramp wrote: Denial of legitimate access to property is bureaucratic disregard for civil liberties. The general situation should not perclude access to areas that were not burned.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 12:57pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Karen Thornton, there weren't any homes lost in Neeleys Slough.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:00pm.

Pam Wheat wrote: To Stephen Kennedy regarding donation. Here is the official announcement regarding donating items. This is as of today at 12:36...you may want to visit their website http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2172/11087 to check up to date information. Thank you for all your help!

Announcement From Palo Pinto County Emergency Services
Incident: Pk Complex Wildfire
Released: 1:45 hrs. ago


At this time, needs have been met for food and non-perishable goods for firefighters and evacuees . However, if you have already collected food or non-perishable goods, please direct them to the following official collection points designated by Palo Pinto County Emergency Services:

FOOD and NON-PERISHABLE ITEMS may be taken to the old David's Supermarket in the Brazos Mall in Mineral Wells at 2801 Highway 180 E.

CLOTHING AND HOUSEHOLD GOODS for those who have lost their homes may be taken to 115 SW 3rd Street in Mineral Wells, TX. Specific details will be posted on www.inciweb.org regarding needed items (clothing items and sizes, etc.)

POINT OF CONTACT FOR DONATED GOODS IN PALO PINTO COUNTY: Jim Rhodes, Director of Donated Goods, Palo Pinto Emergency Management, 940-325-5654.

All donations of food, non-perishable items, clothing and household goods will be distributed to volunteer fire departments and evacuees.

FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENTS ONLY may be sent to the following address:

Possum Kingdom Firefighters Relief Fund

Graham Savings and Loan

PO Box 1490

Graham, TX 76450

Donated funds will be distributed among all VOLUNTEER (not state or federal) fire departments responding to the PK Complex in all affected counties. Funds will be distributed on a pro-rated basis depending on the number of man-hours the department spent on the incident.

Please note: There are NO OTHER ORGANIZATIONS authorized to collect donations. If you are a VFD or other organization that has been receiving donations, and you are approached by individuals claiming to be from a federal or state organization "picking up" or "collecting" donations, contact your local law enforcement.

Please continue to check back on www.inciweb.org for a list of requested items, which will be posted as needs develop.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:03pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Janice, what's their last name?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:05pm.

Chan King wrote: According to the Breckenridge Police Department, Park Road 33 is now open into State Park for Caddo Bay residents.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:08pm.

Amy Houston Bearden wrote: Thanks Jimmy!!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:15pm.

Chan King wrote: Just noticed a post from Robby Cobb posted at 12.26 pm that people were turned back at the State Park entrance on PR 33. I just sent a post that a phone call I made to the Breckenridge Police Dept. a couple of hours ago indicated the road was open to residents. I have not been down there personally today, so Mr. Cobb's post is puzzling given the information I received. This will warrant a further check before you post my info.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:19pm.

Christine wrote: For those of you who are inquiring about your homes specifically in Hell's Gate, if you are on Facebook or have access to a friend's facebook, you can search for a woman by the name of Iliana Cendeno (or click on the link below, or copy the link into your URL search bar). Currently she is allowing anyone with a facebook page to view the 178 pictures she posted on her profile. These images are by far the best aerial views of the damage around the area that I have seen. In addition, her images confirmed the unfortunate fate of our home (7049 Hells Gate Dr.); however, there are additional aerial shots containing images from Hell's Gate Loop, Gaines Bend, The Ranch, there is one of the Cliffs, and a few other homes around the lake (which I am unsure of where they are located). Regardless, I just wanted to share this link (you have to be logged into Facebook when you click on the link or else it won't show up) because it was so helpful in giving my family and I a piece of mind. Hopefully, it will do the same for others:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1654188721124.2080049.1429240665

A HUGE thank you to Iliana for allowing us to view these images.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:19pm.

Jim Medford wrote: I sent an email to Goggle Earth asking them to rescan PK

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:23pm.

Janice Hague wrote: Pam,
Steve and Kathy McCain

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:26pm.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (Hogg Bend) - any residents of Hogg Bend please send me your contact info. I'm compiling a list and will distribute as soon as I get most of them. THANK YOU to all those that have sent me their info I have a big list! Just trying to fill in the gaps now. Thank you to Pondera for EVERYTHING! This has brought a lot of people and info together for all of us that couldn't be anywhere near the lake. Thanks to all the fire personnel and their families! shelia@moonlightsignworks.com 817-988-0367

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:29pm.

David wrote: Saddletramp--I'm not sure from what Law School you obtained your degree, but based upon my 20 years of the practice of law, I can tell you in unequivocal terms, you are wrong. The gov't (Feds, State, or Local) have every right to deny folks access to property in this situation. I'd like to get to my lakehouse as much as you would. But "Civil Liberties" (as you call them) are not unlimited. Freedom of speech is not unlimited (think of the proverbial "fire" in a crowded theater"). the right to bear arms is not unlimited (felons can't, and you sure can't on an airplane). I know you're frustrated, as we all are.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:38pm.

Robin McPherson wrote: To HOGG BEND homeowners: Our home on Hogg Bend burned on Monday. We are on lot # 112 next to Tongates to the north and Hicks to the south. Our names are John and Robin McPherson. We would like to be put on the group list to be contacted on our property. Our e-mails are: john.mcpherson@ffga.com and robmac1967@gmail.com. Phone numbers are: 325-439-8810 and 325-793-9874. Thanks!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:39pm.

David wrote: I am amazed at the response the community has given to the PK area. The efforts by all the Emergency personnel has been amazing. The efforts of everyone at PonderaPK and those assisting them has been an answered prayer. To Saddletrap: I am not sure what part of this you do not understand. Most areas that were not burned are accessed through areas that were burned. There is still an enormous threat from fire in the area. Electrical lines are down everywhere. Electrical poles continue to smolder which means they will continue to fall. All of the roads in the entire area need to be as clear as possible for emergency responders to move at a moments notice. Letting people back into the area means dedicating assets to that function when those assets should be focused on eliminating all the threats once and for all. God bless all the people and organizations that have responded to this disaster.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:39pm.

Janice wrote: Pam,
If someone is up in the Cliff's that could put a little cat food on the deck at 95 Castle Harbour, that would be great. or, let them go home and take care of it.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:40pm.

Averille Dawson wrote: This is for Peggy Gibson: From the aerial pictures it appears that we lost our house on Peacan Ridge. Can you confirm if the house is totally gone and how about our dock? Just trying to get info so we can move forward. We have been reading the updates and blogs and appreciate all that all the volunteers have done.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:40pm.

David wrote: To Janice who was asking about her animal in the Cliffs--you should have received an email from the Cliffs this morning (assuming they have your email address)...they have 1 person in the Cliffs willing to look after any animal left behind. you can contact cliffschat@gmail.com to send your request

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:44pm.

James shannon coffee wrote: I just had a call re; emergency board up . Your ins. company most likely reqiures that you do temp. board up to keep any further damage from your property . Please call if I can give you a heads up on that aspect or a contractor that is honest as there are plenty that are not.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:45pm.

SafetyisaPriority wrote: Saddletramp, you are an idiot...get off this site. Safety is of utmost concern across the area. Just because your one spot did not burn, doesn't mean that it is safe to go in! People like you have total disregard for peace, law and order.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:57pm.

Sandy wrote: Two light colored outdoor cats were left outdoors at 350 Castle Harbour (Pope's residence) Food left out but by now might have been devoured by them and wild creatures. Water in fish pond might be full of ash......

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 1:59pm.

Old Gray Wolf wrote: Hey saddletramp, no one wants to hear your complaining about not being able to get back in. We can't get back into the developments until they are safe. Don't use this board as a forum to voice your political views or opinions on a 'nanny state'. Seriously, no one cares what you think on it. Everyone will be back in soon enough.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:01pm.

Dana Kinerd wrote: Bob
Kay and Leo Burkhalters house burned at the end of Bluff Creek Dr. Still dont have any other info on other properties

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:02pm.

Peggy Gibson wrote: I am sorry to report that your house appears to be a total loss. We finally stopped looking as the docks because it was difficult to tell which ones belonged to which house.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:11pm.

sherry wrote: This is to David.

I understand your comments.
Please know I just called the Palo Pinto County Tax Appraisal office and glad to know its "safe enough" for them to travel/go to these burned out properties at PK. Anyway the chief appraiser is out at the lake and Im hoping for something beneficial is coming for home owners, especially those who lost everything.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:11pm.

Johnny wrote: I would like to be added to the Hogg Bend list, I own lot 139, which is right outside of Two finger cove, with the dock on the cliff line. E-mail jghj48@yahoo. Com, phone 214-505-9826 I only have a small structure that was not finished, don't know if it burned, if I can help don't hesitate to call.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:17pm.

Sue wrote: RE: Comment posted by JAMES VICK, LOT #74, HOGG BEND. We are lot #75, the brown cabin with "For Sale" sign on pier & next to lot with trailer house. Where are you in relation to us? The lot on the other side of us is vacant. We are directly across the lake from boat ramp #5 which I think is referred to as South D&D. Thanks to a post yesterday, it appears that our place is still standing. Praying that yours is also.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:18pm.

robert wrote: Where I can see up to date aerial pictures?

Does anyone have any information regarding the homes on Chickadee?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:22pm.

beth kelly wrote: HOG BEND home owners: I am currently working with Sheila Wilcox to develop a master list of contacts for our community. Once this list is complete, I will send out an email regarding our first meeting. It is imperative that we try to meet quickly to address various issues such as clean up efforts, legal liabilities, insurance matters, construction opportunities, communication tools, social gatherings and more. If we can all ban together I know it will make this painful process a lot easier to deal with and hopefully it will facilitate some very positive outcomes. Looking forward to meeting with you all soon! Beth

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:28pm.

James & Amy McCullough wrote: Beth Kelly and Sheila Wilcox: please add us to your Hogs Bend master list. Our place is located in Long Hollow Cove. James & Amy McCullough - jamesamymccullough@hotmail.com - 214-435-5035

If there is anything we can do to help with the clean up efforts, please let us know.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:48pm.

james vick wrote: RE: Comment posed by SUE, LOT #75, HOG BEND. Lot #74 is the lot to the West of you. You have a trailer home on the east side. The lot next to you is not vacant it is just a big lot. It runs from your property to the water on the cove. The house has tin on the sides, back, and top. Wood is on the front and deck. Aerial photos show at least some of the house still standing. If also shows a burn area right up to the house (and maybe it including part of the house). It is hard to see the details.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:50pm.

Stephanie Wellman wrote: Robby, thanks for the update from H and G about pk road 33. I have been praying for all our neighbors and our A-frame.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 2:54pm.

Nan Peacock wrote: We are at 1004 Chickadee all 5 houses on Chickadee are standing . There is a list of burned homes on the GB website

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:01pm.

Teresa wrote: Amy Houston Bearden, I use to be a Volunteer Fire Fighter and I feel I can speak for others, if you are wanting to help personally please remember the family of fallen fire fighter Gary Simmons and I think this note from our church might be of interest:
Hope you all are doing well,
Wanted to keep you posted on what is happening at Soda Springs Babtist Church. Today we are praying for all the people affected by the wildfires. Dan Davidson has been fighting the fires around PK Lake for the last 3 days. ( Dan is our Pastors son Ronnie Davidson who manages Metro in Mineral Wells )
Dan knew Greg Simmons the Eastland volunteer firefighter that died last week , personally. Mr. Simmons daughter is about to be married and now will not have her father to walk her down the aisle.
One of the firefighters that were sent to the hospital is Brenda Davidsons ( Dans mom ) cousin , Matt Clark. He is expected to recover but probably has a year of rehabilitation ahead of him.

The rest of letter is announcments on Church functions.
Hope this helps,
Teresa

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:03pm.

JIM wrote: Are all of the fires out now just hot spots everywhere or are there still fires going on in and around pk area. If you look at wundermap it still shows a lot of fire in and around pk. But my map hasnt changed since yesterday. It still shows the same thing any one know any different and if so is there some place else that shows anything different. Thanks---most importantly thanks and God bless everyone that has been working to help feed report or fight the fires. Thanks to all of the law inforcement people and everyone that has helped in any capacity.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:09pm.

Mikl wrote: Just read the Fire Update 4-21 on the inciWeb site. Caddo Bay and Caddo Creek are not on the list of evacuated areas anymore. Is this accurate? The Forest Service referred me to the MW command post, where a recording referred me to the Forest Service's Inci Web site.....

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:09pm.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (Hogg Bend) JAMES AND AMY - what lot number are you? JOHNNY - what is your last name?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:11pm.

Dan Rasmussen wrote: RE: Chickadee,

Robert, please refer to gainesbend.com for a list of homes destroyed. We have compiled this list based on aerial pics and on the ground.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:17pm.

Ron Bulman wrote: Janie Hurley, my "especially" refernce to Hogg Bend yesterday was in refernce to proximity. Having at one time a lot in long hollow & another facing out on the main lake looking up broadway the people of long hollow were our closest neighbors but I've visited at least 2-3 times different people in Hogg Bend many years ago with my dad & considered them closer neighbors than say SW. Though I did have a friend a few years back that lived in SW that I've since lost track of. In addition we often trolled or skiied up that way (less chop than out on broadway. Also if you'll look yesterday in the 11:30-1:00 period I' beleive Nathan, Sheila, Michelle & Beth were talking of rebuilding/cleanup - which I mentioned I thought was commendable. I was trying to urge patience for the safety of all concerned. 88 was a different time, no cell phones or blogs. Parents were living @ pk, went to Nocona for 1 day to check on place there-no phone there. PK neighbor called me in Grapevine, I hauled butt to tell them then Dad drove 80 mph + to get to the lake. I've unloaded, loaded on the barge, unoladed & toted 2X's. plywood, sheetrock, shigles up the hill for the cabin in the woods that burned. The Set ranch allowing access let Dad bring in a small mobile home for quick shelter along with bulldozer & backhoe's that cleared burnt cedar & other rubbish off the lot's.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:19pm.

Glenn wrote: A fire fighter died in the UMC Burn Unit here in Lubbock. He was burned in panhandle fire.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:26pm.

Cindy wrote: You are doing an amazing job. Incredibly, a wonderful person just went to our property and gave us eyes-on feedback. Our prayers and thanks go out to all of you for the absolutely fantastic job you are doing with the constant updates and feedback. I for one do not see how the people who are there could be doing anymore for the community than they are. God bless all of you and the heroic efforts by everyone.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:29pm.

Amy & James McCullough wrote: Sheila - we are at 3500 Hog Bend #164 (Lot 24-D) and #165 (Lot 24-C). Hope that helps.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:32pm.

Lynn wrote: I wonder if we all emailed Google Earth if they would rescan and update the images.
http://earth.google.com/support/bin/request.py?contact_type=data

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:33pm.

Robert wrote: Dan - Thanks. I looked at the GB website. It seems as if there are some homes missing. Specifically, I did not see at least one on Pecan Ridge - Mitchell. I believe there is at least one more, but I am not sure. I am trying to recall from seeing on this on Tuesday.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:33pm.

Rob Cobb wrote: RE: Earlier post about PR33 access. My in-laws confirmed that state park personnel (park ranger) were manning the roadblock at the entrance to the park (first cattleguard on PR33). I do not know if access to Rocky Rd. via Brandy Rd. is roadblocked. They did not attempt. They called the state park and talked to an official who stated ''they were keeping folks out at this time so crews could work more efficiently''. Best bet is to call state park before going.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:35pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Miki, Chan King's earlier post says this: According to the Breckenridge Police Department, Park Road 33 is now open into State Park for Caddo Bay residents.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:36pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Janice, the cats have been fed and as soon as the food was put down a little black cat came up to eat. No sign of other cats but they have now.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:38pm.

Ron Bulman wrote: Someone above commented about no change from yesterday's fire map. I'm seeking info on the opposite. Both Wundermap & GeoMac show a burned area where I don't remember one yesterday - at the back of my lot. This is an area from the main lake @ S. end of Broadway to Long Hollow, E of the Handley's "Lodge" on the point, across from Rhea/Crockett/Weaver. 1st home on L entering slough looks ok (that's the one my Dad moved onto his "back" lot after 88 fire & eventually sold to ??? - attorney - lived across street from Rhea's in Euless). Next one over (attorney's son did own, many years ago Joe Ward) is covered with orange on map as if burned. Awful close to old Hibler the West places. Anyone heard for sure, know better than these maps? Tried calling friend almost directly across lake on penninsula, got voice mail, don't know if he's evacuated or not.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 3:48pm.

Jan wrote: In response to Mr. Coffee's inquiry of April 19th, the "Little Open Church" sits in an area that has miraculously been untouched by fire.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:06pm.

Bob Berry wrote: HOG BEND owners : For those of you that won't be able to get out to check on your property this weekend, at first available time I plan on being there, hopefully all weekend, if and when the "bosses" allow. I will be happy to look over anyone's place and give you an assessment of what you have left that might be salvageable. Please contact Marsha, Shelia, or Beth to get my cell phone number. Please remember I will need some time at my on place also! And remember, this is going to be a very emotional time for us all. Seeing with our own eyes what mother nature has done to our properties, all our hard work, blood, sweat, and tears, will be extremely difficult to bear. I will do my best to help anyone. And, on the bright side, this will be an opportunity for us all to get to know each other on a level that seldom comes in a lifetime. We need to make the best of it. The memories we make now will be with us for the rest of our lives. God bless. Bob

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:11pm.

Jo Lynn Miller wrote: For residents between PK Lodge area over to Breding Rd, no signs of any damage, power on as of this afternoon (2 ish).
Hills Above PK- drove down PK Hills Blvd; home under construction is burned; home on Morning Glory is okay, as well as log cabin closest to main entry.
According

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:14pm.

AN wrote: Are volunteers needed to help at shelters or donation points that anyone knows of?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:24pm.

Chan King wrote: Caddo Bay residents -- per staff at State Park Headquarters: access to the Park via the cattle guard entrance on PR 33 is NOT POSSIBLE AT THIS TIME. I notified the staff at the Park that both the Breckenridge Police Dept. and the Palo Pinto Sheriff's Dept. were telling people the road is open to residents. Park Rangers are manning the entrance and will turn you away. For the most accurate information on when residents can get in, I suggest you call the State Park Headquarters direct and speak to a park ranger.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:24pm.

Jo Lynn Miller wrote: For residents between PKLodge & Breding Rd - no fire damage;power on as of 2:00 pm today
Hills Above PK - drove in along PK Hills Blvd, house under construction was burned, log cabin to left from main entry is okay, as is house on Morning Glory. New construction on lake side division is okay.
According to DPS Troopers @ 16 & 337, road in is still closed & they have not been informed as to when residents will be allowed back home.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:28pm.

Bud Binyon wrote: Is the weather cooperating with us today/ good calm winds etc??? It's calm here in Southlake, single digit winds, and usually the diffierence is 2-4 MPH (higher) at the lake. Are the firemen gaining on the containment side of things? I can't begin to say just how much all these guys/girls are appreciated along with what all the Pondera folks have done!!!!! Acolades to all !!!!!!!!!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:34pm.

Kay Herring wrote: GB list of homes lost. gainesbend.com

Thank you for the information Shawn & Peggy. Please continue to post as to next step for us all.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:37pm.

Amy & James McCullough wrote: Ron Bulman: We bought Hiblers place on Hogs Bend last year. I think the fire that you are speaking of is out. We were told yesterday that 3 of our neighbors were able to extinguish it. It did burn 1 or 2 sheds and the "dump." That is what we were told yesterday evening. All homes are okay from what we know.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:37pm.

Kathy McCain wrote: Janice....Pam, I truly realize that this was not a priority over the safety of homes and lives, but I just have to tell you that I have been as worried about the animals at Possum Kingdom...and honestly thinking about them affected me more than worrying about my house. The pictures of the deer running, stories about the cattle dying trying to get away just makes me heart sick. Our dogs are on prescription food and I only took a small can with me. I'm not sure where Dry Creek Veterinary Clinic ordered the food for me but the company contributed it. I have told Dry Creek that I will make a donation to them to be used for animals who have been placed in shelters until their owners can take them home. I'm so thankful that our home is still there, and to whoever went to my house and fed those cats who depend on me for their food, I sincerely thank you.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:45pm.

Peninsula person wrote: We have 1100 bottles of saline eye wash donated to us for the relief efforts by Alcon Labs in Ft. Worth. I called Grapevine FD which is a drop center and was told they were overwhelmed and don't want donations right now. I want to donate the 50 cases of sterile saline to ANY fire department or VFD in the state that needs it. Just want to make sure that no one out at PK and vicinity is in need before doing so. Anyone have any thoughts on which brave firefighters need it? Or should I donate it to the families at SW and Hogg Bend to use as they go thru the cleanup phase? We just want to help.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:48pm.

John wrote: Thank you guys so much for all the hard work you have done to keep all of us informed; I just got off the phone with the Palo Pinto Sheriff Dept and they could not give me information on the time when we could get into SW; I asked if they could inform you guys to make sure we got the information and she said they thought y'all were better informed with better sources than they had and I thought they were the source. My point in that rambling is to ask that as soon as it is made known that we can get into SW and what will be required to verify identity, would you let us know.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:51pm.

PHYLLIS wrote: TO RON BULMAN// We have a place in Longhollow cove on Hog bend 2doors down/south from Rhea. All of the homes in our cove are fine. The fire did go directly up to Handly's however they did not lose anything. The fire did burn the shed behind Bob Davis house.
Is your friend across Jack? Jack is still out there....he was over in Long hollow fighting the fire all day on Tuesday!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:52pm.

Greg Gales wrote: Bob Berry - I too am looking for the response from the "bosses" as to when we are going to be allowed to get over to our house in Hog Bend (#75). I totally understand the need for keeping everyone out until the proper authorities are sure that it is safe. I will be more than happy to help in any way I can. Does anyone know when we (all PK homeowners) will be allowed access? It would be nice if we could get road access to be able to check things out.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:53pm.

Kathy McCain wrote: Janice....Pam, I truly realize that this was not a priority over the safety of homes and lives, but I just have to tell you that I have been as worried about the animals at Possum Kingdom...and honestly thinking about them affected me more than worrying about my house. The pictures of the deer running, stories about the cattle dying trying to get away just makes me heart sick. Our dogs are on prescription food and I only took a small can with me. I'm not sure where Dry Creek Veterinary Clinic ordered the food for me but the company contributed it. I have told Dry Creek that I will make a donation to them to be used for animals who have been placed in shelters until their owners can take them home. I'm so thankful that our home is still there, and to whoever went to my house and fed those cats who depend on me for their food, I

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 4:55pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Chan King, thank you for the correction.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:05pm.

Steven wrote: Has anyone recently been on bluff creek drive that knows if any of the houses toward the end of the road survived? I am inquiring about 2020 bluff creek drive. This is located in sportsmans world off of hells gate loop. Thanks in advance.
You can email me at mr_peakaboo@hotmail.com

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:06pm.

Glen & Martha Branson wrote: Can you please provide us with udpates or photos of Golden Cove,Sandbar Road area?

i want to personally thank Pondera for an excellent job they have done for us and the community. With this traedgy still upon us, the clean-up work etc. I think that we need to leave idot remarks to ourselvels, and only use this "Blog" for updates, I bleieve this is what it was intended for. God Bless us "ALL".

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:09pm.

Jennifer Royall wrote: We have a house on Upper Burma in the Peninsula. Do you all know if the roads to that side are open? could we get in if we planned to go tomorrow? Should we plan to come?

Jennifer

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:13pm.

realistic PK homeowner wrote: Re: Saddletramp....the best response is NO RESPONSE AT ALL. We ALL have more IMPORTANT things to concentrate on.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:31pm.

CRS wrote: Just my opinion, but I sure hope the insurance companies open up their checkbooks and make some serious donations to the relief fund. It is absolutely amazing how many houses were saved by the firefighters. I know the insurance companies will be paying for lost homes, but I hope someone looks around and realizes that it's pennies on the dollar compared to what it would have been if not for the firefighters and has the stroke to do the right thing and give them some money.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:31pm.

marsha wrote: Are any fires near the Cliffs still burning? I'm aware there are none in the Cliffs, but
was wondering if most of the fires in the vacinity have been extinguished.
Has the damp weather helped to put out most of the fires, or does anyone know (since
the map has not been updated.)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:32pm.

deb wrote: It is so amazing to me the devastation in our beloved community, but thanks to our wonderful fire fighters, no fatalities or injuries. I am a big animal lover and only hope most were rescued. We were in church Sunday when told to evacuate and all I could think about was going home and getting my dog. Didn't take anything else but her!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:34pm.

Rick C wrote: Have seen several references to WunderMap - Just looked and it is very detailed - assuming the marked areas (Fire areas) are correct ----- go to http://www.wunderground.com/wundermap/ - then go to "Maps & Radar" - then at bottom go to "Map Controls - Fire"... (You will, of course, have to move the map to the PK area.)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:35pm.

Sonein noack wrote: Are thought and prayers are with all of the firefighters and volunteers. Thank you will never be enough. We are hearing the fire has made it to the peninsula ... We are on the tip by sandy beach ... A report would be wonderful. Thank you.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:39pm.

Scott Anderson wrote: To the Pondera Crew, Thank You! Thank You! To "The Bosses" : You can learn alot these people!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:45pm.

Janice wrote: Pam,
Thank you so much - You all are such a blessing.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:55pm.

Amy wrote: Post from Mineral Wells Index FB page:

The PK Complex Fire remains at 25 percent containment. Fires continue to burn within the complex, but good headway is being made, officials report. No one should be making any plans or have thoughts of entering PK subdivisions this weekend. They hope to have full containment in about 10 days. A lot of work going on, still to do. Keep in mind this a 150-square-mile fire zone with a lot of damage.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 5:56pm.

David & Nina Tongate wrote: Please add David and Nina Tongate to your Hoggs Bend Master List. My email is ntongate@gmail.com and my cell number is 817-401-8709. There are multiple owners to this lot and I will gather all of their information for you.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:04pm.

David & Nina Tongate wrote: Hoggs Bend Master, Sorry, our lot is #111.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:06pm.

Robin Greer wrote: Several of the post have made reference to "looters", and insurance companies requiring you to board your place up, so forth. Here is a random thought....If you can't gain access to your property, then neither can the so called "looters". Trust me when I say, the area is well patrolled. You only see officers at the road blocks, but there are plenty within the disaster zone, both on land and on water.
The BRA has called in officers from other areas, including Lake Rangers and Game Wardens to help with patrolling the waters. My husband is an officer at Lake Granbury and has been at PK for the last two days assisting with lake patrols, and will remain there until he is no longer needed. The lake and boat ramps are all closed to any and all unofficial traffic and will remain so for quite some time.
My father-in-law and son both have homes at PK and are just as frustrated as everyone else, but they know once it is safe, they will be let back in.
Everyone just needs to reach deep down inside and find some faith. Faith in your friends, neighbors, firefighters and law enforcement. Panic only feeds your frustrations. This is a horrific tragedy and hundreds of people are alive because those officers and firefighters put their lives on the line to save the lives of total strangers by conducting mass evacuations. These are the same people who continue to try to protect you by keeping you away until all danger is gone.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:06pm.

Kim McKay wrote: to Ron Bulman: We did have a fire on Tuesday in the area you are talking about. Our Dear friend kept the fire under control with only a broom until he was assissted by a helicopter which dumped water and between the 2 saved all the houses in Long Hollow. We are so thankful to Pondera and all the fine people who have spent so much time and energy just for all of us who love PK so much.We will never be able to repay you. Thanks especially to JoLynn a friend from many many years and miles ago.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:07pm.

DH wrote: It would be great if some of the folks with access to SW could publish a list of addresses destroyed or damaged. It doesn't look like any of us will be allowed in anytime soon and not knowing anything is no fun. This site has been an awesome help. Thanks Jackie and team!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:15pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Hello Sonein,
Hello Sonein,
The fire did not reach the Peninsula area and what a Blessing! Give me a call and I can help answer any of your questions. 940-328-5237

Debbie Zahn

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:17pm.

Janice wrote: Pam, Thank you so much for all of your help - you all are such a blessing.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:26pm.

deb wrote: We are all anxious to get back in and our area was not affected. However, if they do open the roads, I would suggest stocking up on supplies before we get home, as we need to stay off the streets for awhile as there are a lot of crews going around. Don't know if the water ban has been lifted, but we know we will have a lot of lookers!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:27pm.

Sue wrote: Hog Bend - James Vick - Thank you for that information. I am curious what areial pics you are referring to. The ones that I have been able to see only show the roof of our cabin. If you can see possible damage to your cabin then maybe there are more detailed pics that I would like to see. Thank you.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:30pm.

Cindy Devlin wrote: Chris Devlin and Dave Bergman from SWRA had an opportunity to go with a sheriff's deputy this afternoon for a brief look at our neighborhoods in Sportsman's World. Chris will be able to provide some information to those of you are still wondering about the condition of your homes. Please email him directly at cdevlintexas@yahoo.com. He should be able to respond within the next couple of hours. Better to give him a description of which area and the house rather than just the address when you email. I think he will also be able to provide some photos. Jackie, thank you again for providing this great forum for all the residents.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:43pm.

Panny wrote: There are reports that the volunteer firemen are not allowed to eat the free meals that are being served to the paid fd in mw. Can you please verify that? Also if that is true who is taking care of the volunteers?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:46pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: DH, we have a group here who are working right now with SWRA to compile a list. We're not sure when it will be ready, but they want to make sure they have an accurate accounting before it's published.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:48pm.

Sharon Beach wrote: There are trailers located at the M Wells Jr High where Red Cross is set up for washing clothes for anyone who needs it. The 2 trailers were brought here by individuals who own them and the trailers have personnel ready to wash, try and fold clothes. We took care of 25 firemen last night and they awoke to freshly laundred clothes, we are currenlty washing for PK evacuees and are expecting 40 firemen tonight. The laundry trailers are free and open all 24 hrs if needed.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:52pm.

Debbie wrote: Hello. I had my wedding planned to take place in 3 weeks at Possum Hollow Lodge. Do you if that area has been hit or is in immediate danger?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:53pm.

Pam Wheat wrote: To AN: If you are interested in volunteering, you need to contact the Emergency Services - contact info Jim Rhodes 940-325-5654.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 6:59pm.

Kim McKay wrote: I am confused. I really don't understand why or how they can keep me from my property if I can get to it safely without going across or through any dangerous area. I totally understand the safety issues but how is ok for certain people to get into areas where the fire has been or is still smoldering but we can't get to a safe area that has had no fires nor is it in danger of fire. Could someone please help me make sense of this. I hate having a negative attitude but in my opinion they really should open the roads to areas that are safe. .

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:08pm.

Robbie wrote: Has anyone heard about the two that were hurt in the boat? I don't no if they were BRA or Law Enforcement? Just wondered how they are nothing has been in the paper.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:14pm.

Shelia Wilcox wrote: (HOGG BEND) - Just talked to my dad (Terry Wilcox, lot 100). The fires have stopped in the area and today they are finally resting (and drinking what is left of the beer!). Jim (Gribble) had went across to the ramp, South D&D, to get his car charger for his phone and the BRA promptly took him off the lake! NO LAKE BOATING WHATSOEVER! He was already close to the ramp so they allowed him to get it and go back (thank goodness!) The lake is on lockdown!! ALL HOGG BENDERS: I'll send out an email to all tomorrow with the list I have so far. There are a LOT of us!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:18pm.

Scott Dubee wrote: Is there any fire damage around Scenic Point Marina?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:23pm.

Stormy Borman wrote: Does anyone know if any of the fires got onto Garland Bend below the dam? According to the fire perimeters it looks like they might have. Just looking for some basic info. Thanks

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:27pm.

Greg Gales wrote: (Hogg Bend) Shelia - Good to hear that your dad and Jim are safe and that they are not letting the beer go to waste..LOL. We are really hoping we are allowed to get to our places soon. There are a lot of us that are really wanting to see our places for ourselves and see what work will need to be done - for not only our own places but to see if there is anything that we can do to help anyone else.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 7:40pm.

Beth Kelly wrote: HOGG BEND residents: I have been in contact with the East Side Fire Department and the Sheriff's Department regarding a site visit to the Hogg Bend properties. Currently they are in the planning stages for a visit and will contact me once the details have been finalized. If you would like to be included on the visit please feel free to call me regarding this matter. Also, once I know more information I will send out an email and post details on the blog.
Thanks, Beth Kelly
beth.kelly@arlingtontx.gov

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:01pm.

Michele wrote: We are hearing so many stories but what I want to know is: If we are unable to get back to our homes by this coming up Monday....IS there any one who can help me get my car out so I can go to work on Tuesday????? Any help would be appreicated. We live on Rock Creek Loop. webersonpk@yahoo.com or 817-846-3781

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:03pm.

JMc wrote: What about the fokes still in Hogg Bend, they will need supplies soon (water, food, fuel for generators ect.) I have a place there in Hogg Bend and would really like to take in some of those supplies to those I know are still there. Thank goodness for cell phones, we get better info from this site and the cell phones than the governing body who is supposed to work for us. Thank you Pondera, this site and cell phones have been the only thing that has helped me keep from pulling my hair out.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:12pm.

Ruth Zahn wrote: I am an evacuee from the PK fires. A couple weeks ago I had a summons for Jury Duty. I left my paperwork at home when I was evacuated. I am supposed to call the Fort Worth courthouse after 3 tomorrow to find out if I am supposed to report. Can anybody tell me please where I should call since I don't have any paperwork with me? Thanks for your help.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:27pm.

Amy Cook wrote: Sheila Wilcox- please add our names to the HOG BEND master list. Amy Cook and Bill Cook email amescook@yahoo.com and billandredacook@yahoo.com phone 817-781-0774 and 801-265-7823 lot # 133 AKA "the Texas Flag cabin"

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:28pm.

Tammy wrote: ruth I would call the city of fort worth and explain the situation, I would think you would most likely be excused, if not may the Lord have pity on that Judge or staff member.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:37pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: URGENT AND IMPORTANT - WE HAVE PROGRESS!! WE CAN GO IN TO OUR HOMES TOMORROW!!!

To allow for the safe and orderly re-entry into the burned areas by local homeowners to access their homes and personal property in the subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend, and Hills above the PK.

For the full press release - http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2172/11089/

You listened and we thank you!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:40pm.

Valerie B wrote: In reference to the re-entry tomorrow from 10am to 6pm, can anyone let me know if residents in Willow Beach/Airport Road and residents with homes on FM2353 will be allowed to enter to inspect their homes?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:46pm.

Mark Young wrote: My wife and I do boat cleaning and some repairs all around Possum Kingdom and have become very close to the people of the area as well the place itself. Our hearts go out to all of those who have lost so much and have given so much out of themselves and their lives for all of those who have been affected. If there is anything we can do to help in the efforts of clean up please email boatcappy@gmail.com. We would also like to extend out very discounted prices on boat washes for everyone in need of it. Bless you all for coming together in such a tragic time.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:51pm.

Deb Chapman wrote: What does that mean for "unburned" residents like The Cliffs?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:55pm.

Janice wrote: If you live in the Cliffs where homes are ok, can the homeowners go tomorrow and stay?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:56pm.

Dale wrote: Will the homeowners that live just one half mile from Mr C off of Park Rd 36 on Forum Circle be able to get to their houses tomorrow, April 22nd?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:57pm.

DEE BARNES wrote: CAN SOMEONE PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF WE WILL BE ABLE TO GET BACK INTO THE CLIFFS TOMORROW ... THANK YOU

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 8:58pm.

Karen wrote: Can someone clarify how we get to the entry/checkpoint if we are coming from Wichita Falls? Not sure we fully understand the statement that was issued!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:02pm.

Phil Herrington wrote: The inciweb notice does not address access to the peninsula? Will there be a seperate notice to address our access?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:05pm.

Beth Kelly wrote: HOGG BEND residents (and GB, SW and Hills): Per the Sheriff, here is the information for tomorrow’s visit. There is also a detailed article below. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer ASAP (beth.kelly@arlingtontx.gov). See you in the morning!

Meeting place: Intersection of Hwy 16 and 180

Time frame: Property access allowed from 10am – 6pm (the meeting place will open as early as 8:30am)

Transportation: Residents must provide their own boats for transportation; Lake access will only be allowed from the south D&D ramp

Agreements: Residents will have to sign a legal agreement stating they will vacate the properties promptly at 6pm or be subject to arrest

Announcement From Palo Pinto County Sheriff, Judge, and Texas Department Of
To allow for the safe and orderly re-entry into the burned areas by local homeowners to access their homes and personal property in the subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend, and Hills above the PK.
This coordinated effort from Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer, Judge David Nicklas, and Texas Department of Public Safety will provide residents with a one-day, limited opportunity to inspect their property and retrieve certain items.
Damage assessments by United Cooperative Services to its distribution system (poles, lines, transformers, etc.), have not been extensive to date (April 21, 2011) due to a lack of accessibility and emergency safety restrictions. Area property owners are assuming their own risk for entering areas, whether they've been examined by United assessors or not. All power lines should be presumed to be energized and all caution should be used in areas where power lines and infrastructure are damaged or down on the ground.
Further, property owners utilizing their own generators to power their facilities and equipment could pose a safety risk to restoration crews as well as the general public. Further, to protect the safety of United crews working in the areas, it is important to notify United if you're using a generator and its location.
Process:
There will be a one way in and one way out route established into each affected area, which will be at the intersection of Highway 180E and 16N.
Each gated community will have to provide private security at the designated check points as defined by the local Sheriff.
There will be NO BOAT access or boating activities allowed on the lake with the exception of the Hog Bend Subdivision. The only access to the lake will be at the South D&D ramp. Texas Parks and Wildlife will monitor this activity.
The homeowners will be responsible for providing appropriate documentation of rights to the property before access will be allowed into the area. (ex. Tax Deeds, light bill, water bills, a current Texas driver's license with a current address of the affected property, etc)
Each person wishing to enter will have to provide a pictured ID before entry will be allowed.
Each person will have to check-in and check-out at the designated check point.
Entry will be allowed between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, on Friday, April 22. No exceptions.
The County Judge and / or Sheriff can suspend this re-entry when they deem necessary for the safety of the residents. All residents should be prepared to leave immediately if a safety issue is identified and the re-entry suspended.
Homeowners are to assess their homes only and not be riding through the affected areas. Homeowner may be asked to check other homes for vacant owners. Those homeowners must state their intentions upon entry.
A sheriff's patrol will ensure all homeowners are out of the affected area so it can be adequately secured again by 6:00 PM.
Residents will be allowed to remove any vehicles that are undamaged if the vehicle is safe to drive. Trailered boats will also be allowed to be removed.
Any resident leaving the affected area with personal property in their vehicles are subject to be asked at the check point for ID's to ensure there is no looting occurring.
All residents must wear leather footwear, long pants, and long sleeve shirts.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:10pm.

Lyndell Cook wrote: When will there be access to The Harbor and to 2353 North of Mr. C's?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:14pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Valerie B, Dale, Dee Barnes and Phil Herrington: Access tomorrow is limited to the areas mentioned - Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend, and Hills above the PK. Those of us in Willow Beach area, the peninsula and The Cliffs won't be allowed in yet.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:25pm.

Mark Young wrote: DEE BARNES: We just got word homeowners only will be allowed back into the Cliffs tomorrow with deed and i.d.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:26pm.

Greg Gales wrote: To everyone that made the re-entry process possible - THANK YOU!!!!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:26pm.

beth kelly wrote: HOGG BEND residents (and GB, SW and HILLS) Per the Sheriff, here is the information for tomorrow’s visit. There is also a detailed article below. Please let me know if you have any questions and I will try to answer ASAP. See you in the morning!

Meeting place: Intersection of Hwy 16 and 180

Time frame: Property access allowed from 10am – 6pm (the meeting place will open as early as 8:30am)

Transportation: Residents must provide their own boats for transportation; Lake access will only be allowed from the south D&D ramp

Agreements: Residents will have to sign a legal agreement stating they will vacate the properties promptly at 6pm or be subject to arrest

Announcement From Palo Pinto County Sheriff, Judge, and Texas Department Of
To allow for the safe and orderly re-entry into the burned areas by local homeowners to access their homes and personal property in the subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend, and Hills above the PK.
This coordinated effort from Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer, Judge David Nicklas, and Texas Department of Public Safety will provide residents with a one-day, limited opportunity to inspect their property and retrieve certain items.
Damage assessments by United Cooperative Services to its distribution system (poles, lines, transformers, etc.), have not been extensive to date (April 21, 2011) due to a lack of accessibility and emergency safety restrictions. Area property owners are assuming their own risk for entering areas, whether they've been examined by United assessors or not. All power lines should be presumed to be energized and all caution should be used in areas where power lines and infrastructure are damaged or down on the ground.
Further, property owners utilizing their own generators to power their facilities and equipment could pose a safety risk to restoration crews as well as the general public. Further, to protect the safety of United crews working in the areas, it is important to notify United if you're using a generator and its location.
Process:
There will be a one way in and one way out route established into each affected area, which will be at the intersection of Highway 180E and 16N.
Each gated community will have to provide private security at the designated check points as defined by the local Sheriff.
There will be NO BOAT access or boating activities allowed on the lake with the exception of the Hog Bend Subdivision. The only access to the lake will be at the South D&D ramp. Texas Parks and Wildlife will monitor this activity.
The homeowners will be responsible for providing appropriate documentation of rights to the property before access will be allowed into the area. (ex. Tax Deeds, light bill, water bills, a current Texas driver's license with a current address of the affected property, etc)
Each person wishing to enter will have to provide a pictured ID before entry will be allowed.
Each person will have to check-in and check-out at the designated check point.
Entry will be allowed between the hours of 10:00 AM and 6:00 PM, on Friday, April 22. No exceptions.
The County Judge and / or Sheriff can suspend this re-entry when they deem necessary for the safety of the residents. All residents should be prepared to leave immediately if a safety issue is identified and the re-entry suspended.
Homeowners are to assess their homes only and not be riding through the affected areas. Homeowner may be asked to check other homes for vacant owners. Those homeowners must state their intentions upon entry.
A sheriff's patrol will ensure all homeowners are out of the affected area so it can be adequately secured again by 6:00 PM.
Residents will be allowed to remove any vehicles that are undamaged if the vehicle is safe to drive. Trailered boats will also be allowed to be removed.
Any resident leaving the affected area with personal property in their vehicles are subject to be asked at the check point for ID's to ensure there is no looting occurring.
All residents must wear leather footwear, long pants, and long sleeve shirts.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:30pm.

deb wrote: I evacuated Sunday and have been in Euless, but coming back tomorrow to the Best Western in Mineral Wells to be closer to my home and lake family when we can get back in. I would love to take a load of animal supplies to a shelter but where is it needed most? Palo Pinto or Young County?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:34pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Karen, the only entry/checkpoint is at Highway 180E and 16N. Your best bet from Wichita Falls is to come through Graham, Highway 16S to SH 337, west on SH 254 then south on FM 4. Alternatively you can continue on SH 337 to Highway 180E to 16N.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:36pm.

C wrote: While I appreciate the opportunity to check on our property- this is to little to no notice- was that on purpose? We have meetings all day tomorrow- most of us do not live in the immediate area- and it is Good Friday! Why have they not given us a bit of a notice? This does most of us zero good. Saturday makes a TON more sense! Thank those on this blog- but this does most of us no good. Sad. I hope those that do go in can post pictures for those of not able to make it.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:45pm.

Joanna wrote: When will those who have homes on the north end (sky camp, rock creek, willow beach, airport road, McGinnis point, etc) be allowed to return to their homes for an inspection or permanently? The area between intersections Park Road 36/FM2353 and FM 2353/Hwy 16 North.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:46pm.

Kelly wrote: Ruth, the phone number for Tarrant County Jury Services is 817/884-3820 and their website address is http://www.tarrantcounty.com/eJury/site/default.asp.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:50pm.

Lillian wrote: Any idea about access tomorrow to the peninsula area.....Villa Marina area, Golden Cove, etc.? Or is this ONLY for SW, GB, HB, Hills, property owners?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:50pm.

Kim Robertson wrote: With the orderly re-entry tomorrow, does this include the Peninsula area by the YMCA Frontier Unit? I'm aware we did not burn, just want to check electricity. Thanks for all the work you and your team have done for all of us.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:50pm.

Lyndell Cook wrote: When can we access The Harbor?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:52pm.

Linda Curtis wrote: My question is the same as Phil .. do we have any approx time to get back on the Penisula... Would like to check my home there as well.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:53pm.

Pam Dawson wrote: HOG BEND ACCESS IS CONFIRMED for FRIDAY, APRIL 22nd from 10:00AM to 6:00PM
Hog Bend residents have been granted access to their properties tomorrow Friday, April 22nd between the hours of 10:00AM to 6:00PM. The only "checkpoint" allowed by the Sheriff's Department will be at Highway 180 and Hwy. 16 (checkpoint will open as early as 8:30AM). You will be required to access the checkpoint, provide a photo ID, provide proof of Hog Bend ownership (electricity bill, etc.) AND your name must be on a list prior to your arrival. Please e-mail confirmation of your visit to Beth Kelly at beth.kelly@arlingtontx.gov so that she can add you to the list to give to the Sheriff. Beth's cell is 817-647-5098. The Sheriff's Department is providing Hog Bend owner's this visit as a courtesy and he is only providing access for us to "assess our property". We will be required to sign a affadivit at the checkpoint that states that we promise to conduct no other activity during our visit to Hog Bend besides "assessing our properties". We are allowed to stay in the Hog Bend area all day...there is no time limt while visiting your properties except that we have to leave the area no later than 6:00PM. We are not allowed to bring any gas or a generator. We would like everyone to please use the South D&D dock to enter and exit the lake if possible. We hope to meet everyone while coming and going and help each other getting to and from their properties. Please take time, if possible, to get to know your neighbors and get people's e-mail addresses and cell phones, etc. We hope to have an organized meeting with all the Hog Bend owner's at a centralized location in a week or two to discuss the situation with Hog Bend and its future. Again, communication is critical and getting to know your neighbors so that we can all ban together soon to create a positive outcome for our precious properties. Thanks so much to everyone for all the great communication! See you all tomorrow. Pam (lot # 91)

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 9:53pm.

Carol L wrote: We have the same question as some of those above - we live on Airport Road. Any news will be appreciated

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:00pm.

beth kelly wrote: HOGG BEND VISIT TOMORROW:
Please visit the link below for important information regarding the property visit tomorrow!
http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2172/11089/

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:03pm.

C wrote: Please understand my frustration is not directed at those doing this blog- you ARE appreciated. I just think our government is SO out of touch with the people- that they purposely gave us zero notice and scheduled this on Good Friday to boot. Extremely sad- our nation was founded by faithful people.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:04pm.

Dean Heffner wrote: GOD BLESS OUR VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTERS!!! My Wife and I,our hearts go out to each of you that have losses out here! This is very traumatic for us all.God bless jackie for putting this together.Later she should be awarded something after we get over the hump as should our brace volunteer fire fighters and all others who are in this fight for every clump of real estate here!My Wife and I are here still and riding this out for obvious reasons as this is our only home but my wife has a seizure disorder and my neighbors on the point needed us as he is housebound and couldnt get out so we stayed!Besides getting a hot ash in my eye 2 days ago we are fine,I am one eyed for now but fully capable to do whatever needs be done. as most of you know i have been a dedicated PK`er for almost 21 years and been a fishing guide here and fighting for our lake even thru the fish kills and made major strides with TP&w for fish restockings! The residents that stayed here for the most part are fine.besides the, telling the nearby convieience stores to shut down as they we`re enabling us to stay,they`ve done a dang up job trying to get the fires out and protect our structures.thank GOD they let north forty open back up so we can at risk and when absolutly a neccessity we have a place to get supplies! Today i couldn`t see any fires or smoke in the distance anywhere around the lake but i am sure they are still out there as i write this there is a major thunderstorm and tornado watch coming from the west and a tiornado WAS on the ground above abilene coming straight for us from the west as i could see it out my back door. winds are flat right now and major lightning and thunder so pray we get alot of rain and not lightning strikes and for sure no tornadoes.please-no tornadoes! All of the home from mister C`s to rock creek camp are unscaved except for smoke damage which a few windows for a few days should cure i hope! most of the HILLS OF pK are gone from my vantage point but i see some that survived.also it looks like bluff creek dodged the worst of it! as you know most other spots on the lake are ALL affected to some degree. i think the clifffs made it and all of the penninsula and costello island.i heard earlier they(the feds) are going to start letting groups in on time table starting in the morning in gaines bend -hells gate -sportsmans world proper to gather what things they can and shut down refrigerators propane tanks,etc so Progress is developing!.I heard it may be The 39th of april before they let us all back in and be able to move around. I surely hope that is not the case because they should have these fires under control and most fires seems to be burnt away fromm the lake now and with the firekreaks they`ve made plus the fact that if they burn back this way there isnt much fuel left to burn! If&when they let me at least onto the penninsula if i can check for anyone on thier neighborhoods please let me know as a bunch of my clients/neighbors will already have me out checking! God Bless you all and Possum Kingdom Lake.All i can say for comfort is we are very lucky in the fact that as far as I Know we havent lost one life because of this and our homes can be replaced but lives can`t! just a cheerful note~ the fish are biting as the barometric pressure has risen and stepping out on my dock the past week has been a major stress release for me during this nightmare! Have faith in God and hold your families tight because you still have them and WE WILL MAKE IT THRU THIS!- IF I CAN HELP JUST EMAIL ME fav7734@aceweb.com- what great group of people we have here at PK and it already shows by the support and coming together of us all! God Bless~ Dean&Leanne heffner

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:06pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: PLEASE NOTE: Temporary access tomorrow is ONLY for the areas mentioned: Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend, and Hills above the PK. We have no news yet of when the other areas will be allowed in.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:08pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Valerie B. Right now only the burned areas have been granted access to their properties. S.W., Gaines Bend, The Cliff's, Hill's Above PK, Hog Bend.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:20pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Carol L. I live on Airport Road myself and we have not yet been granted access just yet. We are hopeful with this progress with the other areas we will be allowed soon.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:27pm.

Greg Gales wrote: Hogg Bend - James Vick - We are going to be at the lake tomorrow and can take some pics of your area if you would like.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:31pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Lots of the same questions - please note:
First, huge credit and thanks go to SHERIFF IRA MERCER - He fought long and hard for this on all of our behalf. He is just as concerned as we are and has challenges I suspect we cannot fully appreciate.
Second, only the neighborhoods named can gain access. Reading between the lines, and this is just an educated guess, sounds like they may be getting ready to open up the Peninsula, Harbor, Cliffs and other "unburned" areas as soon as they facilitate the removal of personal possessions for those neighborhoods that will probably be evacuated for until the services can be restored to the affected areas.
This is a big step forward and its great to see some movement! We will continue to push for more information about the other subdivisions and will let you know when we know.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:31pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Joanna I understand your frustration we are all anxious to return to our homes. We are making progress and hopefully The Peninsula area and all North of Mr.C's will open soon.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:36pm.

DEE Barnes wrote: PAM ANDERSON...THANK YOU FOR YOUR RESPONSE...YOU SAID WE COULD NOT COME BACK INTO THE CLIFFS...MARK YOUNG... SAYS THEY JUST FOUND OUT WE COULD GET IN THE CLIFFS... :) SO? WE CAN .... OR WE CANT.. JOHN AND I APPRECIATE ALL THE HELP

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:43pm.

Carl Parish wrote: To Shelia Wilcox: Please add us to your Hog Bend list. Carl &Pat Parish, 3500 Hog Bend #113 Home address: 3809 Plantation Dr, Benbrook, TX 76116 Home phone 817-244-5460 Email: parishcw@sbcglobal.net. Thanks for your efforts.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:43pm.

Leslie Baccus wrote: I'm sorry, but this is not very clear. Can we get into Bobwhite Bluffs, Neeley Slough, and the Cliffs tomorrow? Some are saying yes, and some are saying no. Thanks for any info you can give us. Ya'll are doing an incredible job!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:52pm.

robert 3 wrote: @C. Please understand, It is an organizational nightmare to manage emergency vehicles, law enforcement, traffic management and personnel for an active Cat1 Fire. Firefighters first priority is to protect lives, then property. They are here in mass, and exhausted, however have heard the concerns of the victims and residents here. Please allow us to organize these situations in the most prudent manner we can effectively manage. There are still active fires which pose hazards for both people and property. We will offer opportunities as often as is safely possible. Thank you.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 10:55pm.

Kim wrote: To c who does not show his/ her name. The local sherrif Ira Mercer fought to get us this window to check our properties. So sorry it does not coincide with your agenda. He is under alot of stress but is working for the property owners of his county.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:02pm.

Danielle wrote: Jackie, our home is in GB and with the late notice I can't make it tomorrow from Lubbock. I noticed in your last post that you said we may not get back in until services are restored. This may have been touched on earlier, but do we have a guesstimate for that? Weeks? A month? Longer? Sorry if it was mentioned earlier...

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:04pm.

Kim wrote: Daniel. I live on E Hells Gate Dr. We will be there tomorrow. If you can give me an address an an access we will be glad to check on your property and do anything. That goes for any GB residents. Cell is 817-480-0740. Will be my pleasure (within time constraints).

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:16pm.

Mary Jean Pearle wrote: Is the only access to The Cliffs tomorrow from 180 to 16? Seems like that is going to greatly interfere with traffic going to SW & GB??? Thanks for any info!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:16pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Dee and Leslie, thank you for your patience. We all want to go home! According to the information we currently have, ONLY property owners of Gaines Bend, Sportsmans World, Hog Bend and Hills Above PK will be allowed temporary access tomorrow. We are so fortunate that The Cliffs, Neeley's Slough and Bobwhite Bluffs won't need to deal with the losses that these other areas are facing. I live full time at The Cliffs and all I can say at this time is let's be patient, count our blessings and know we'll be home as soon as possible.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:34pm.

J wrote: Peninsula, can we please access tomorrow?? I need to!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:36pm.

John wrote: To C if your property is in Hogg Bend I would be glad to look at it for you and take photos, this offer goes to anyone else in Hogg Bend . I plan on being there tomorrow , my cell is 817-688-2245.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:36pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: Thank you Pam.... I am fine with whenever we can get back in... I was just curious because we were getting two different stories... and it was difficult to know which one to go with

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:45pm.

Peggy Gibson wrote: Here is a link to the "official" press release, http://inciweb.org/incident/article/2172/11089/ It only talks about the areas that suffered severe damage; Hog Bend, Sportsmans World, Gaines Bend and Hills Above PK. As far as we know there has been NO official word concerning any other areas. If anyone has any other information concerning re-entry to additional areas please state your source for that information.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:48pm.

Karin Anderson wrote: Early this morning my Mom, (Lynn that runs the HideAway Cabin & Inn... on the peninsula, for Sam LeComte) got a call inquiring into having some game wardens stay @ the Inn. Last weekend we had a full house in the Inn & most of the Cabins so she told him she would have to clean them & launder the linensto be able to accomodate anyone. So we all got into our cars & truck to get there by noon so we could meet & be escorted into the peninsula. When we arrived we were told that nobody was being allowed access from any entry because there were power lines down (120 miles of it I guess) so we could not get in. I heard from a good source that the power had been shut off everwhere but the peninsula & the coop trucks were in fixing it all. I guess I don't understand why it would be dangerous to drive in an area that has no juice in the power lines to get to an area that has had no damage,full power & sewer. We were told that we would not be getting back onto the peninsula until Sunday at least & more than likely Monday. Sam has quite a few businesses out there and alot of $$$ invested out there, he at least should be able to have access to assess what we will have to do with the many guests that have reservations in the Cabins & Inn for the next few weeks until things can "get back to normal". If anyone has an answer for me I would love to understand why we are not allowed back to our home & business. It's safe out there & we have bunnies, a sugar glider, a bird & a fish we had to leave behind when we were evacuated with a 10 minute notice and told we should get enough stuff for a couple days. We even tried to get back there Tuesday night, after midnight thinking it wouldn't be as crazy for the authorities and they might either let us in or drive us in an emergency vehicle so we could feed the animals... only to be denied from both entry points we tried. I realize everyhone is trying to keep us safe but I don't understand the danger, Can someone help me understand?

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:48pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: J, unfortunately no access tomorrow for the peninsula. Hopefully soon!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:48pm.

Leslie Baccus wrote: O.K. Thank you Pam! We have 2 families in Bobwhite Bluffs that are full timers, and I would love for them to be able to get in, but we'll be patient!!

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:55pm.

Brad Hefner wrote: Any news on when the peninsula will be accessible would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Thursday, April 21st, 2011 at 11:55pm.

C wrote: To John. Thank you. Our property is in Gaines Bend. I truly appreciate your offer. God Bless. I hope your place is ok- and your neighbors.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:00am.

Laura wrote: Marinell, Yes! Thank God for Jackie! She and the enitre staff of Pondera have been wonderful! Much better and more accurate info. than any of the news media! Thanks all who contributed!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:05am.

Danielle wrote: Kim, thanks so much for the offer. We know our home made it, so we are ok. I also found out our neighbors are going so they can check up on things for us. Thanks again for the offer.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:10am.

Mary wrote: Please confirm for me. My understanding is that The Harbors will not be accessible tomorrow. If this is correct, is there an estimated time when we can enter the premises. Thank you all for your hard work. Also, there have been very few pictures of The Harbors. If anyone has pictures taken during this ordeal, would you please direct me to them? Thank you! Jackie, you are my hero. Jason and Michelle too.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:21am.

Cheryl wrote: In regards to Saddletramps cpmment "Denial of legitimate access to property is bureaucratic disregard for civil liberties. The general situation should not perclude access to areas that were not burned." Access to homes that were not burned requires going thru areas that are burned. We ALL want to go home & start the cleanup proceess but this is a process that will take time as those that were & are still fighting th fires try to ensure that we are 100% safe when we do return! Please stop posting negative comments. Thank you to all the firefighters who did the best they could under stressful conditions! My prayers go out to all those who lost their homes! I will be out there doing everything I can to help as soon as we're allowed back!!!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:23am.

Kim wrote: Just for clarification. I am a christian. These fires happened at this time. I realize it is not convient. But to blame the ones that are on our side is not right. God be with us all....

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:41am.

Concerned wrote: Does anyone know how "Shorty" is doing on the Peninsula? He is a little Jack Russell Terrier that live at Don & Ruth Zahn's place - Lakeside Resort? He has been out there since Monday.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:47am.

Randy Wood wrote: Iwill make myself and boats available on if anyone needs to go from South DD to Hog Bend or other points on the lake.I have contacted Game Wardens and Sherrifs Office. launch point is at South DD at 10:00 A.M.
I have offerd my services but do not have an official conformation that I can eneter the area. If you can help conntact the the command center i will make myself available to any one or agency that needs help. Randy wood 817-999-1922

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:52am.

Linda wrote: Peggy or Shawn Gibson,
As we start cleaning out refrigerators/freezers, I am assuming the compactor is not working due to loss of electricity. Is that correct? Our plans then are to haul the contents out and dump them somewhere else, unless there is a place on site designated for it. Please advise. Thanks to both of you for your efforts in front of and behind the scenes to keep us informed and safe.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 6:46am.

Alesia Dowling wrote: We have a place on Hog Bend but we can't make it out there today (Friday, the 22nd) because of work and late notice of accessibility. Will this same access be available on Saturday, the23rd for those that are working today? Thanks for any update you can give us.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:23am.

saddletramp wrote: Since I am being unreasonably, bureaucratically (9 agency logos on the reentry noice for burned areas!!!), denied access to my undamaged home, I think I will just sell out and leave the area. Any offers????

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:53am.

Pam Anderson wrote: Concerned: Shorty is fine! He's staying at Pet Western in Mineral Wells. Hats off to them for boarding displaced pets free of charge!!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:11am.

Rob Cobb wrote: I'll donate gas money

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:25am.

Lexi wrote: Saddletramp.... I'm sure we can come up with a coalition to buy your place. I'm sure we would get a much better response if you would agree to sell your Internet access as well.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:25am.

Rob Cobb wrote: The '79 tornado in W.F....they shut down neighborhoods. I was thankful. Looters showed up in mass and could not do their "dirty little deeds". It was the right thing to then, and is the right thing to do now.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:30am.

Curious wrote: Does anyone know what the situation is with FEMA? I was just told that FEMA has become involved and will now have control of all donations which means they will take all donations and distribute them where they want and that our local VFDs will get NOTHING! Can anyone verify this, or clarify this?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:33am.

Pam Anderson wrote: Access today is ONLY for Gaines Bend, Sportsmans World, Hog Bend and Hills Above Possum Kingdom. Just in case you didn't see Jackie's post from last night, I'm reposting it:

Many are frustrated with not gaining access to your homes located in Peninsula, North End and The Cliffs at the same time as those with homes in GB, SW, Hills and Hog Bend. We believe the authorities are tackling this as follows:

Phase 1 - allow seriously affected areas to gain controlled access so that those homeowners can remove spoiled foods (remember, there is no electricity in these subdivisions), gather personal belongings and prepare for an extended absence.

Phase 2 - lift the evacuation order for the unaffected subdivisions and allow those homeowners to return to their residences and resume day to day living, unrestricted. Hate to guess when this is because our job is to keep this blog factual, but if we were betting people, our money is on this weekend.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:34am.

Joe Weeks wrote: Hog Bend Owner - Beth Kelly and Sheila Wilcox: please add me to your Hogs Bend master list. Joe Weeks, joeweeks7@yahoo.com, (817) 741-2733. Lots 10 & 140. FYI, the Brazos River Authority can also provide a current (at least prior to the divestiture) list of all Hog Bend owners and contact info.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:43am.

Pam Anderson wrote: Thanks to someone who went through a wildlife fire two years ago and you know who you are! Her home wasn't burned but the fire came up to the foundation. Here's her advice:

* Take a camera with you today and take pictures of the area around your home from all views and inside your home if it is still standing. Due to the magnitude of the fires, it can take many days for insurance companies to get to your property and assess the damage. Do not clean or pick up ANYTHING until you take a picture of it. If you proceed with any clean up or damage removal (even spoiled food — they will pay for the food in some instances) it will be harder to prove “just how bad it is” to your insurance company. Document everything.

• For those still with homes, when you make a list of damages, don’t forget little things like garden hoses, etc. And replace your pillows, mattresses, etc. (insurance should cover this). The smell will never come out of those household items. Your insurance should pay for all of your home contents to be cleaned (carpets, air conditioner ducts, walls, furniture, etc.) and it should pay to have all fabrics, clothes, sheets, bedspreads, curtains, etc. dry cleaned or washed.

• Inspect your windows. Our fire was so hot that the glass in my windows slipped 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch down (it melted the glue holding the panes) and all my windows were compromised....leaking several months later in a hard, windy rain. Look for a smudge of glue around the top of the glass.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:44am.

Greg Gales wrote: Hogg Bend - Alesia - I am heading to the lake today and could try to take some pics of your place. I am on lot #70. Pls give me a desc of your place and I will see what I can do.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:53am.

Mark wrote: Thank you to all the firefighters who gave their time, sweat & blood to keep us safe and try valiantly to save our homes.
Thank you to Pondera for all the hard work and effort in keeping us informed.
Thank you to the Gibson's for their efforts, dedication and I'm sure sleepless nights over the last week. And thanks also for bearing such a heavy burden for those of us who love Gaines Bend.
I feel so fortunate to have survived this disaster. I look forward to seeing my house today.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:07am.

Bill wrote: Please add me to your Hog Bend master list. We seriously need someone to bring in dumpsters like they have at construction sites and leave them for a while. Bill Davis. movinon06@hotmail.com 469 766 1794

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:14am.

Waji wrote: Is there any word on FM2353 and Jones Rd? is it acssable?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:15am.

Carol Allyn wrote: I just called the Palo Pinto Sheriff's office and Rock Creek is still closed and we are not allowed in. Hope this helps.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:21am.

Kim wrote: I guess this is who the “bosses” are

The PK Complex is being managed by Wilder's Southern Area Red Type 1 Incident Management Team. PK Complex is the combination of the following fires: PK West, PK East, Hohertz, and Jackson Ranch. Evacuations and road closures are still in effect. The IMT is coordinating and working with the Texas DPS.

http://inciweb.org/incident/2172

http://sored1.imtcenter.net/main/HomeTemplate2.aspx?LinkID=home

Mission

The National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC), located in Boise, Idaho, is the nation's support center for wildland firefighting. Eight different agencies and organizations are part of NIFC. Decisions are made using the interagency cooperation concept because NIFC has no single director or manager.

http://www.nifc.gov/about_nifc/mission_history.htm

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:31am.

Pam Anderson wrote: Thanks, Jules, for reminding us that people were the only ones affected by this fire. Food sources for deer, birds, and other creatures have been severely limited so when you are able to go home, please keep your feeders full! And don't forget the hummers!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:40am.

Denise wrote: Thanks for your earlier post. Sure appreciate the clarification and info. You all are doing an amazing job and it has been great to have this life-line! Sure hope to see you soon.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:45am.

gene kinkead wrote: Everything is fine at rock creek and pk lodge area , they just are not allowing us access for some reason. I have been down in there helping the firefighters and evacuation efforts , but they choose not to allow access at this time for reasons of their own .

From what i am reading , they are considering access to burned areas such as the sw and gb possibly, maybe we can get to our homes soon as well, we are full time residents and would like to at least get to some clothing and possibly check and spoiled food as there were power outages in these areas as well .

We have been in the same clothes for a week and would appreciate any news on access to the uneffected areas as soon as available as well .

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:47am.

Jo Lynn Miller wrote: Carol, I live at River Rd across from Rock Creek Camp, and all is well here. Access in has not been granted (we didn't leave in the evacuation), but if you need me to check something for you I will be glad to. The power outages in this area weren't long term, so I don't feel like spoilage will be an issue. You may contact me directly at 940-636-3349.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:54am.

Pam Kinkema wrote: Lexi--I'm a couple hours behind you on the blog--but YOU GO GIRL! You gave us a much needed giggle break. Count us in on any coalition collection you start for the home and internet access!!!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:01am.

Karin Anderson wrote: Randy... Could you please contact me directly via my email karinlee723@aol.com and either give me a number I can reach you at or I'll give you a #. I am interested in getting over to the peninsula via water today if at all possible. I have to feed & water the animals we had to leave behind...

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:08am.

Pam Anderson wrote: We're hearing there's a long line of traffic on 180E and it's not moving. We're trying to get information on what's going on and will report as soon as we know.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:13am.

gene kinkead wrote: Postings for those being allowed in states that you will need a photo id as well as bill statements or deeds to prove that you are a owner, we are full time and do not have a home else where to keep these type of documents. Saving my water bill was not my first thought, do we know if there will be another way for us to prove who we are beyond what the sheriff as stated?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:14am.

Pam Anderson wrote: There have been some comments of firefighters and equipment just standing around and not helping. This is a good thing! Fire command "stages" the manpower and equipment so crews can be rotated out and rehydrated and rested before they're rotated back to the front lines. I'm married to a career firefighter (retired Dep. Chief from Dallas) and the work is hot, dangerous and exhausting. Let's appreciate everything they have done and are continuing to do!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:17am.

Tami Whitten wrote: If anyone is in hog bend today and able to take pictures of Beaver and Donna's cabin, especially the back of the cabin would be most appreciated. We heard a burning tree or branch fell on the back so not sure if any damage or not. Only if you have time and not too dangerous. Donna is staying with family and doubtful she will make it over today. Please email to me. Thanks so much! Lot 110 between Tongates and Kellers.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:19am.

Tami Whitten wrote: email tami at tamiwhitten@aol.com Thanks!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:22am.

Bill wrote: To Gene Kinkead : If you are full time, your drivers license should have your address on it and from what I understand that is all you should need.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:28am.

Pam Anderson wrote: URGENT!!!! We have found out that fires are flaring up in Sportsmans World and Gaines Bend and they're not allowing anyone in right now. If you happen to be in line or plan to get in line, please be patient. We'll let you know anything new as we learn it.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:30am.

Stephen Kennedy wrote: On this Good Friday, my family prays for all of the people affected by these awful fires. We are two hours away from Gaines Bend and will be "home" soon even if it is just for a brief period. Can anyone provide a report from the "checkpoint charlie" on whether there are traffic delays due to the massive numbers coming in? Bless you all.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:32am.

Pam Anderson wrote: The danger hasn't passed. Please keep up the donations! The generosity has been overwhelming but fund will be quickly depleted. THANK YOU!!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:37am.

Pam Anderson wrote: We've just gotten word that they're now allowing access, but you're allowed to go only your property. If you're found anywhere but your own property you will be arrested.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:42am.

A Harbor's Fan wrote: I wanted to recognize and send a special thank you to The Harbors and The Harbor Grille. All o f the horses on property have been fed and are being cared for. Last night, the Harbor Grille fed over 60 fireman, and the Harbors provided a bed to many firemen who had not rested in days. Also, Darrell Wilson, owner of the Slalom Shop, is my hero. He put up 19 people at this home last night. Here is the latest communication from the Harbors:

"Hello Harbor Community,

From Ken Whitten:
Just wrapping up for the day. All of the horses are taken care of and in great shape. We spent all day chasing fires in The Ranch common area. Sue and Steve (from the Harbor Grille) came and prepared a hot meal for 60 firemen. Then we put them all in a real bed for the first time in 3 days. They had been sleeping in trucks and on cots. Darrell Wilson was kind enough to put 19 guys from Coppell in his home. Trevor Farr and Brian Walsh were here helping as well. Matt Johnson and Ryan Trott spent 3 days delivering food in the field. The Churchill’s fire truck has been a huge help. The support has been amazing.
-Ken

We hope that roadways will be opened very soon but at this point we really don’t know when this will be.
I will let everyone know when I hear any word on when this is planned to happen.

Jason Stelzer
The Harbor on Possum Kingdom Lake"

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:45am.

gene kinkead wrote: To Bill, thanks but i carry a full cdl with hazmat and they require that i use a mailing address which happens to be a po box in graham . My wife works for the school district there and so it is more convenient that way.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:54am.

Becky Dye wrote: Can anyone tell me if the fires are headed north again, and if they are aimed at going north over 16 back towards Graford and north of there?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:55am.

David Grosse wrote: Will the fireman's relief fund be used to compensate the Volunteer Firefighters that have missed work and may miss regular pay? If not, should a fund be set up for this?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:58am.

FIREFIGHTERS COMMENTS wrote: I just spoke to a firefighter friend that has been in GB and SW. He confirmed that there are still hot spots, stumps, roots, and other items burning in those areas. BE CAREFUL. The wind could ignite another fire instantly. It is still very dangerous and that has a lot to do with why the access is being limited. All they can do right now is manage the fire with natural resources, and it will not be out until we get rain. That is the only way this fire will be put completely out. God bless each person that lost their homes and we are all thankful no human lives were lost other than the firefighter from Eastland.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:59am.

gene kinkead wrote: To Pam Anderson. They are allowing access as a whole? is 180 an 16 still the only option? I live on the north end . Or is this still only access for those in the gated communities?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:02am.

Pam Anderson wrote: Gene, access is still limited to Gaines Bend, Sportsman's World, Hog Bend and Hills Above PK. And it's not that two of these areas are gated communities, but that these areas were severely damaged. The property owners from those areas need to get additional belongings to prepare for what may be a long evacuation. And 180E to 16N is the only access point. Thanks for asking, Gene.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:08am.

Pam Anderson wrote: David, offering firefighters compensation for missed work is one of the ideas that's being discussed by the committee for use of the money. It's not our decision but if anyone has other ideas please post them so we can share the ideas with the committee who will make the decisions. Obviously the more money raised the more relief that can be given.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:14am.

SWRA flash - Laura Kirklen wrote: In addition to Pam Anderson's excellent recommendations on photographing and documenting your properties, Clark Cofer at Sportsman's World offers the following:
• For each photo, diagram where you are standing and which direction you are facing, in case things are moved during inspections. Fire inspectors routinely do this to establish the state of the site.
• If you have a video camera, be sure to narrate what you are looking at and the condition that you observe. This could be invaluable for follow-up with insurance companies and in case of any legal proceedings.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:18am.

gene kinkead wrote: To Pam Anderson. I appreciate the update . Not a shot at them being( Gated ) just asking specifically what is accessible . I understand they would like to get their belongings , my family has been wearing the same 2 outfits for a week . This is not a weekend retreat for us , it is home .

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:20am.

Mike and Susan Rhoden wrote: Just left miles long line trying to get into Gaines Bend/Sportsman World. Fires are flaring in SW/GB winds are blowing like crazing, Lots of equipment going into area. NOT SAFE there, left and headed back to Mineral Wells, please make the safe decision and do not try to go into that area.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:21am.

JB wrote: To: Jo Lynn Miller and Gene Kinkead- thanks for the news about Rock Creek/PK Lodge. It saved us a trip from Mansfield. Glad to know it is still there and that the power outages have been short term thus far

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:33am.

Pam Anderson wrote: The Lake Country Sun just posted a link to InciWeb on Facebook that has some excellent information on the current situation. http://inciweb.org/incident/2172/

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:39am.

Pam Anderson wrote: There's a change of venue on United Cooperative Services' Press Conference/Members Info Session. Please see http://www.united-cs.com for more information.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:43am.

Karin Anderson wrote: Fire Update 4-22
Incident: Pk Complex Wildfire
Released: 20 min. ago
Fire Update: Yesterday, light fire activity was observed due to the rise in relative humidity, continuous cloud cover and early morning precipitation. This allowed crews to continue building line and mopping up small hot spots. The acreage remains at 147,973 with 25 percent containment.

Today crews will continue constructing 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. Teams will also be with continuing with damage assessment throughout the area.

There will be a chance for isolated storms this afternoon, which may become severe. Relative humidity will also be dropping, providing for a possible increase in fire activity.

Closures: 16N is closed from the intersection with 180 at Brad to the intersection with 337. FN 4 is closed from the intersection with 180 to the intersection with 254. Road 254 is closed from the intersection of FN4 to the intersection with 16N.

Evacuations: The evacuation for the town of Palo Pinto has been lifted. The evacuation for the following areas around Possum Kingdom Lake remains in place: the Peninsula; the area along 2353; the Cliffs resort; Gaines Bend; Sportsmans World; and Hog Bend.

Temporary Re-entry: The Palo Pinto County Sheriff, Judge and Texas Department of Public Safety are allowing a temporary re-entry for homeowners into the subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend and the Hills above the PK. This will be valid for Friday, April 22 ONLY, from 10 am to 6 pm. Please check the PK Complex Inciweb site for complete guidelines for re-entry at www.inciweb.org/incident/2172. Please use caution in the area of Highway 180E and 16N, where the checkpoint will be located.

Fire Status
Fire Name: PK Complex
Geographic Location: Possum Kingdom Lake, TX
Acres Burned: 147,973 acres
Start Date: 4/13/2011
Percent Contained: 25 percent
Expected Containment Date: 4/30/2011
Cause: Under investigation
Injuries: None
Structures Threatened: 2,000 residences
Structures Destroyed: 159 residences
Resources
Crews: 5
Engines: 96
Helicopters: 14
Dozers: 5
Water Tenders: 0
Overhead: 217
Total Personnel Assigned: 662
Estimated Cost to Date: $1,128,869
Cooperating Agencies: Texas State Forest Service; Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Army National Guard; Palo Pinto Sheriff's Office; Local fire departments and volunteer fire departments.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:01pm.

Curious wrote: This is HORRIBLE if it is true. I have heard from several sources that FEMA has been here since Wednesday night and has taken over the distribution of donated items. Everything is being given to paid personnel or redistributed elsewhere and that NOTHING is going to the volunteer fire fighter---not even water!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:07pm.

sherry wrote: Dont know what Curious mentioned is true or false.
Perhaps, for those of you going in, might take some extra water or softdrinks, energy bars, food ready to eat for fire volunteers. It wouldnt hurt.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:17pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Curious: It wasn't FEMA but who we're referring to as The Bosses. They got here Tuesday night and took control of the fire operations management as of Wednesday morning. A lot of rumors have been floating around but we made a commitment to publish verified, confirmation information. To our knowledge, supplies, food and water is not being withheld from the volunteer firefighters but we will look into the situation. Thank you.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:21pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Call for help please! As you know, the CEO of United Coop, Ray Beavers, will be holding a public meeting to present their plans for restoring power to affected areas. We asked if they would be willing to participate in a simultaneous webcast of their meeting so that you can hear what they are presenting with your own ears. Problem is we need someone to set that up for us. If you are ready, willing and able please email fires@ponderapk.com. Meeting is at PK Lake at 1 pm.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:22pm.

Jim wrote: Txdot is now showing the roads that have been closed will stay closed until 12 PM Monday

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:34pm.

Robert wrote: As homeowners in GB, SW, etc, can we attend the United Cooperative meeting tomorrow?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:45pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Concerned....Shorty is fine has been in Mineral Wells since Monday! Actually he was getting the SPA treatment yesterday nails, bath, dental cleaning. He's living the like. Thanks for your concern.
Debbie Z

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:45pm.

Roger Patel wrote: I know some of you have had to stay in nearby hotels recently. If you are unable to go home and still need a hotel room, I have some opening up tomorrow at the Days Inn & Suites in Mineral Wells. Both kings and double queens. I am offering discounted rates for evacuees only. The kings are $75 and the double queens are $79.95. A full hot breakfast is included. This rate is only available by calling the hotel directly at 940-468-2727.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:47pm.

TE wrote: I would recommend homeowners checking their property to wear respirators also. There are very small particulates in the air that cause breathing problems. For those whose deeds are on their properties...many counties have property information for their tax records on-line. A printout with your name and property address MAY suffice provided the output is in a form that cannot be altered. Many utility companies also have their records on-line so that may work also.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:47pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Thanks, Jim. If anyone would like more information or would like to monitor the situation, please go to http://www.txdot.gov then click on Road Conditions.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:48pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Robert, it's our understanding that all property owners who subscribe to United Cooperative Services are invited to the press conference tomorrow. Plans are for it to be held at the PK Chamber of Commerce but since this is an ever-changing situation please monitor this blog carefully.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:54pm.

Martha Branson wrote: Just was wondering if Golden Cove is still safe? And are we going to be allowed to get some of our stuff we have there in our storage, such as 4-wheelers, golf carts, and other stuff we may want to take out of the cabin.

Doesn't seem as if we are seeing any respnses about the golden cove? I've seen several ask questions and no one is responding.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:55pm.

Martha Branson wrote: Just wondering who actually approves blogs. I typed 3 or 4 messages yesterday none are posted.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 12:57pm.

RWM wrote: Why is United Coop being excluded from the area? They are/should be considered an EMERGENCY SERVICE under these circumstances.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:01pm.

Curious wrote: Pam: I feel like I've been properly put in my place. Sorry if I seem like I'm trying to start a rumor. I should have worded my post as a question instead of a rant. The information I have came from volunteer fire fighters who say they were told by FEMA or "The Bosses" or those answering to them, that if they were not with a paid agency then they could not help them. I will say that this information was offered up with some reluctance but I'm not sure why. I am just wondering if anyone can confirm that the donation intended to support our local men and women who have been on the front lines from day one are actually going to them.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:11pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: RWM, United Coop is not being excluded. We have an eyewitness who saw "armies" of USC trucks going into the area yesterday and Jackie spoke with the CEO this morning. Thanks to the Coop for communicating directly with our blog to get the most up-to-date information to homeowners.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:15pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Martha, Golden Cove is fine but since access to the peninsula is closed, Golden Cove property owners are not yet able to go in. We aren't intentionally deleting any messages but a mistake could have been. We aren't censoring anyone so please resend your messages if you'd like. Thanks.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:19pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: According to Shirley from FedEx, packages addressed to the affected areas are being held at the Fort Worth facility. You can either pick your package up there or wait until delivery is resumed. Their number is 817-561-3000.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:22pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Ronnie Ranft and Kiowa Crow have asked Sue Cathey to coordinate the donations specifically for the EAST VFD. If anyone is interested in making a direct donation it can be made directly to the website www.pkeastvfd.org and access PayPal at the "Donate" button. These contributions are tax deductible as this is a 501-C-3 non profit entity. The receipt from PayPal will clearly state this and can be used for the tax deduction. Donations can also be mailed to P.O. Box 343, Graford Tx 76449 or Contact Sue Cathey 817-929-6311 cell

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:22pm.

Janet wrote: First I want to say "THANK YOU" to The Harbors! My husband was one of the firemen you put up! Blessings to you! 2nd! THANK YOU to the keepers of this blog! I have been able to keep up with what is going on with my husband and all the other firefighters out there. 3rd! Saddletramp, I understand you feel your rights are beeing violated, but it will be more than your rights being violated if my husband or any of the other firefighters out there were injured, trapped or killed, because they had to go find you when an ember flares up and causes a spontaneaous cumbustion. Just cause you don't see smoke doesn't mean the winds won't change and start a whole new fire. And if your place is still for sale, I will give you $5.00 for it. My husband's life is much more valuable to me than your "rights"

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:31pm.

Rick C wrote: Re united coop meeting tomorrow -sorry -- guess I am confused --- if tomorrow's meeting is at PK Chamber of commerce.... Isn't that on 2353 (ie the peninsula ) which is not being allowed access??

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:37pm.

The Peeper Company wrote: The other night I called Palo Pinto Sherrifs office to check some data and they revealed to me that they depend the Pondera site for all the real facts. The lady even referred to this Pondera site as the PK Fire Bible ! Amen with attboys and attagirls to ya'll.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:41pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Curious, I'm sorry if my response made you feel like I was trying to put you in your place. It wasn't my intent. We appreciate knowing what everyone is hearing and are working diligently to get find out what's really happening on the lines.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:48pm.

mary beth wrote: According to TXdot, the road 337 N is open from Lemley's Liquor store. Can anyone confirm this?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 1:52pm.

Penny wrote: Any update on the west side fire situation?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:07pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: Ira Mercer has asked for a list of homeowners with losses, the address of the property, the subdivision, insurance company name and the adjuster's name. If you have had a loss, please send all the requested information to fires@ponderapk.com. Property owners will soon be allowed in with their adjusters and the list will be used to verify those entering. We don't yet know what day or time this will be, but the sooner we can compile the list the better. Thanks!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:08pm.

Diane wrote: Mary Beth- I live by Graford and this morning when I went to town 337 N was open at the intersection of 254.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:09pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: I would like to Acknowledge all of the volunteers out at the PK Chamber of Commerce helping to feed the firefighters. Good Job Girls & Guys! We appreciate the hard work and long hours you are putting in.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:12pm.

Ron Bulman wrote: Wanted to thank Amy & James Mccullough, Phyllis, & Kim McKay for updates yesterday evening. Yes, Jack was who I called. Just spoke to him, he was the one fighting fire with a broom. That would have been something to see, or, have helped with. The way he talked it sounds like the Davis's & Handley's owe him big time. He's got the job my dad had in 88.
Jack saved mower, welder, etc. out of shed behind Bob Davis that one of you mentioned burned. That shed was 1st structure built after 88 fire, it went up in a little over a day with the help of about a dozen neighbors in Long Hollow. I hammerd some of the nails in it & slept in it afterwards. That is also when the mobile home the McCulloughs bought last year was brought in and the Rhea's (it's hard to tell there's a mobile home under there the way BJ had it modified/built over - I've stayed there too).

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:18pm.

Pam Anderson wrote: I just got the following from Lisa Hester, who's helping out at Observation Point. "Our local volunteer system for foods service delivery is still intact thru dinner this eve. It's a marvelous system built from love. When fire fighters are here they not only get warm food but also lots of smiling faces and hugs. I will post some pics. Same goes for when we deliver food in the field. We are centralized too here at BRA HQ so it's easier for us to get food out, easier for the guys to come in. When food svc ops moves to Graham the volunteer aspect, that TLC effect which is huge goes away. And Graham isn't so central. There are reasons for it needing to be this new way but we're not so sure the new way is the best way." Thanks for the information, Lisa!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:22pm.

Savannah W wrote: I'm willing and able to help! Can I deliver donations- what do you need? Can I help with feeding the animals in restricted area's? Can I help find or relocate lost animals? Anything- Please let me know! I live in Arlington, I have a truck. I love my neighbors, this land and all of its creatures with all of my heart! Anxious to help! Now and with rebuilding and replanting. Contact me asap @ 469-337-1657

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:37pm.

Jordan Hansen wrote: Howdy again. For all the folks that were able to go check on their places in SW and GB, did anyone by chance notice if the Anchors Aweigh storage was still standing? Thank you.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 2:45pm.

Robert wrote: I saw an earlier blog that I cannot find about access being granted again tomorrow. Is there any update on access for tomorrow?

Thanks for the help.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:02pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Hello Ric C please see www.united-cs.com for details. However, they will be notifying all through this site if the agenda should change. As for now, yes it is set for the Chamber of Commerce office on FM 2353.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:04pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Savanna.......At this point the area at the lake isn't accessible to rescue animals. You might think about contacting the Palo Pinto Humane Society located at Pet Sense in Mineral Wells 940-325-3637. They may have some insight on how to help right now. Bless you for thinking about the animals!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:11pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Robert- As of yet there has been no verification of access being granted again tomorrow 4-23. If we should receive confirmation of this, we will post that info with details here.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:13pm.

James Milton wrote: Jackie, Pam, Jason, and whomever else is there "Thank You!!!!!!" Like everyone else I just want to know, when are we getting back on Penninsula. I am also working a disaster relief truck to be delivered to store on Tuesday I have to have order placed tonight by midnight.. I need some help on what are the people going to need most now. I am thinking cleanup supplies. Gloves, shovels, saws, trash cans and bags. Quantities of each??? Can you please let me know any items that we are going to need. You can call me direct at 972-415-9442. Please do not post my cell #. Finally, if there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:14pm.

Kent Crawford wrote: I have been reading this blog intently all week. I have read many questions and read many answers. It seems like the questions that I am interested in reading the answers to are rarely given. There is an obvious contradiction about the United Co-Op meeting tomorrow. How are they having a meeting at an address that is on a road that is not open? Should we assume the road will be open at some point between now and then? Is this a mistake? Why has no one asked for a clarification on this point? It seems like an obvious question to me (and others who have asked the same question) that really needs to be answered. If someone could explain this, we would appreciate it. Thank you, from all us peninsula folks that don't get it.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:18pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Robert..... Correction please refer to www.inciweb.org to see if access will be granted again tomorrow.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:18pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Jordan.......Yes the Anchors Away Storage is still there as is the The Boat Ranch and Whataburger!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:24pm.

Kurt Miller wrote: Many homeowners and visitors on the west side are familiar with Mike Carroll who manages the Grady's beverage store, located adjacent to Pondera's west side office. Mike has been living in a mobile home located behind the store until wednesday when it and several other unoccupied trailers burned to the ground. Mike was left with 2 pair of jeans (34x30), a couple of T-shirts, and 2 pair of tennis shoes. A relief fund, MIKE CARROLL FIRE FUND, has been set up at First State Bank - Possum Kingdom, 19505 Stephens FM 1148, Graham, TX 76459.
Please consider making a donation to this account in the amount of a bottle of wine or case of beer (or any greater amount) that one might occasionally purchase from Grady's.
God Bless and thank you for your support.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:30pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Kent Crawford- Please refer to www.united-cs.com any change of venue should be posted here and on their web site.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:30pm.

Tanya Murphy wrote: My prayers are with you all. Going through a devastating fire is something that one will never forget. My family had a house fire in 1975 and I still think of all of the things that my family went through. If it had not been for the community coming to our aide, I truly believe that we would not have made it. It is wonderful to see everyone coming together to help. God is good. Material things can be replaced.....memories are cherished and having your lives is a gift. I pray for the people who lost their family members in the fire. Praying from a far......

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:32pm.

CRS wrote: I agree with Kent Crawford. How are they having a meeting at an address that is on a road that is not open. When are we going to gain access to the peninsula? The Hog Bend people had to have traveled it today if they put in at S d&d. Not trying to be difficult, just don't understand the contradictory info.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:34pm.

Jordan Hansen wrote: Woohoo! Thanks Debbie

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:43pm.

Tawnya hendricks wrote: Gene k - where are you staying? We can help with the clothing situation, if I can get to you.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:43pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: A reliable source has shared some information with the General Mgr Mark Dunagan of The Cliffs resort, that phone service through Centurylink and NSB network should be restored sometime next week.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:49pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: CRS....... I understand. We are all unsure of what tomorrow may bring. I am a full time resident as well and have no clear answer as when I will be able to return to my home. (Feel very fortunate to have one!) Please refer back to www.united-cs.com for meeting details.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 3:59pm.

Lisa wrote: Thank you to everyone at pondera... Ya are doing very good at giving us the data that you have and answering everyones questions. To Gene K we too can help with clothes if you are in MW.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:00pm.

Kent Crawford wrote: Thank you Valerie. I just spoke with United. They have scheduled this meeting at TWO different venues that are (and have been) inaccessible all week. They do NOT know something we don't as to roads being opened. They just blew it twice. They have no answers or explanations. They just say: We will post information on the website and on this blog when we know what we're going to do. Bottom line: they have no clue at this point. BTW I have no interest in the meeting. I am looking for any indication as to when we will be allowed on the peninsula. Best wishes and prayers to all who have losses and much thanks to all who have helped in so many ways.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:04pm.

C wrote: So- are people not being allowed in GB and SW after all? Is anyone going in and taking pictures for those of us that are not able to on such short notice? Many thanks to the dedicated folks doing this blog. I am also curious about smoke damage for homes left standing- anyone have any insight on that or insurance or national castastrophe coverage of loss of value due to the devastation of the vegetation and wildlife? So many questions... and so few answers. I guess time will resolve all.

Any word on any other time slots for folks to try and go in? Thanks.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:04pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Kurt Miller ..... First and foremost, our condolences to Mike Carroll so thank you for your post! On the lighter side........ would Schlitz Malt Liquor work?!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:04pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: The Graham Little League Boys Baseball Organization will be hosting a
Benefit HOMERUN DERBY to help raise money for the few families in the
league that have lost their homes in the fires. The derby will be held
next Wednesday night, April 27th from 5:30-9:00 at the GLL Red and Blue
fields. The cost
is $10/for 10 pitches and is open to anyone who would like to support
these families. The concession stand will be open, and all proceeds
from the evening's events and any other donations will be split up and
given
directly to these families. It is the least we can do to try to help
them get though these tough days.


Linc Darrow
Treasurer, GLL

Way to go Boys!!!!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:09pm.

Deb Chapman wrote: access granted!!! http://www.inciweb.org/incident/article/2172/11093/

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:18pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: C.... Yes people are being let in to GB and SPW with the proper identification. However, all residents are to be out by 6p.m. We are unsure as to when access for other areas of the lake will be allowed. There should be pictures posted as they are received. Also refer to many photos already entered the blog. Yes there is likely smoke damage. Stand by for new news on Roads Opening!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:19pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: BREAKING NEWS ....
Announcement From Palo Pinto County Sheriff, Judge, and Tx Dept of Public S

Incident: Pk Complex Wildfire
Released: 14 min. ago
Purpose:
Residents of the following Possum Kingdom areas are advised that they will be allowed permanent re-entry into the area to access their homes and properties beginning April 22, 2011 at 5:00pm CDT: 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 will be open to residents only. Road blocks will remain in place to limit access by the public at large. The four subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend and the Hills above the PK will remain closed to residents of those areas since power has not been restored.
There will be a meeting for homeowners returning to these areas to advise them of the continuing risk of wildfires and actions they need to take if wildfire activity changes. This meeting will be held at the PK Chamber of Commerce Building on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00pm.
This coordinated effort from Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer, Judge David Nicklas, and Texas Department of Public Safety will allow for an orderly and safe return of residents to their homes.
Process:
There will be NO BOAT access or boating activities allowed on Possum Kingdom Lake until further notice.
The homeowners will be responsible for providing appropriate documentation of rights to the property before access will be allowed into the area. (ex. Tax Deeds, light bill, water bills, a current Texas driver's license with a current address of the affected property, etc)
Each person wishing to enter will have to provide a picture ID before entry will be allowed.
Entry will be allowed at 5:00 PM CDT on April 22, 2011.
The County Judge and / or Sheriff can suspend this re-entry if weather and fire conditions change. All residents should be prepared to leave immediately if a safety issue is identified.
Any resident leaving the affected area with personal property in their vehicles are subject to be asked at the check point for ID's to ensure there is no looting occurring.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:21pm.

Deb Chapman wrote: Announcement From Palo Pinto County Sheriff, Judge, and Tx Dept of Public S

Incident: Pk Complex Wildfire
Released: 9 min. ago
Purpose:
Residents of the following Possum Kingdom areas are advised that they will be allowed permanent re-entry into the area to access their homes and properties beginning April 22, 2011 at 5:00pm CDT: 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 will be open to residents only. Road blocks will remain in place to limit access by the public at large. The four subdivisions of Gaines Bend, Sportsman World, Hog Bend and the Hills above the PK will remain closed to residents of those areas since power has not been restored.
There will be a meeting for homeowners returning to these areas to advise them of the continuing risk of wildfires and actions they need to take if wildfire activity changes. This meeting will be held at the PK Chamber of Commerce Building on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00pm.
This coordinated effort from Palo Pinto County Sheriff Ira Mercer, Judge David Nicklas, and Texas Department of Public Safety will allow for an orderly and safe return of residents to their homes.
Process:
There will be NO BOAT access or boating activities allowed on Possum Kingdom Lake until further notice.
The homeowners will be responsible for providing appropriate documentation of rights to the property before access will be allowed into the area. (ex. Tax Deeds, light bill, water bills, a current Texas driver's license with a current address of the affected property, etc)
Each person wishing to enter will have to provide a picture ID before entry will be allowed.
Entry will be allowed at 5:00 PM CDT on April 22, 2011.
The County Judge and / or Sheriff can suspend this re-entry if weather and fire conditions change. All residents should be prepared to leave immediately if a safety issue is identified.
Any resident leaving the affected area with personal property in their vehicles are subject to be asked at the check point for ID's to ensure there is no looting occurring.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:24pm.

Carol Allyn wrote: We just bought a house in Rock Creek but do not live there full time. Are we allowed access to our property as well?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:36pm.

Nancy Hargrave wrote: Just spoke with GM of The Cliffs, Mark Dunagan as well as the Palo Pinto Sheriffs office. They are unaware of this posting by InciWeb and have not given clearance for re-entry at this point, specifically as it pertains to The Cliffs. They are being inundated with calls and have said that the annoucement is false.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 4:41pm.

Debbie Zahn wrote: Laundromat on the West End of Mineral Wells has generously offered free use of washing machine use for free. This is available for all "Volunteer Fire Fighters". David's old grocery store next to Bealls has free laundry detergent. Make sure and tell the attendant what your their for. They have offered to even possibly do a drop off service. Thank You to Fred Wilson

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:13pm.

Karin Anderson wrote: Larry Berry just went over to the check point @ 5pm and was told "Yes we can get in but they had jumped the gun and it probably won't be until 6pm". We didn't want to drive out & then have to come back... again! But you will probably wait in loooong lines today while they check ID's & all, so we will wait until tomorrow. Lafonda from the co-op got in earlier today & took care of our pets & they were alright!!! Thank you Lord. I would like to offer my services where ever I'm needed to help this community get back on it's feet... Jackie, keep posting where help is needed...I don't have alot of $$$ but I do have time & energy to contribute just tell me where & when. My email address is karinlee723@aol.com if anyone knows how I can be of service.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:24pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: They just announced on the news in Wichita Falls... that as of thirty minutes ago .... access to The Cliffs was good. From our understanding... that is not true. When it is safe and everyone can get back in.... we will. I appreciate the hard work and all the hours that has been put into keeping us posted as to what is going on ... and the hours and danger that so many great people have put into keeping the fires from doing more damage. Thank ALL OF YOU SO MUCH.... and once again... when it is safe... we will be able to go back in....and till then patience.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:31pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: I would like to offer my condolences to all of those who have lost their properties. These past few days have given light however, to what a wonderful community we share! Possum Kingdom WILL recover and continue to be a place of peace, tranquility, laughter and fun. Many more wonderful memories to come!
Sincerely,
The Klapper Family

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:31pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Dee Barnes.... please see Breaking News at http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2172/

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:36pm.

Phil Herrington wrote: The announcement doesn't address access points. Can we enter from hwy 16 north?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:41pm.

Valerie Klapper wrote: Phil ...... Yes I would take 16N to FM 2353 and have a good trip!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:52pm.

Courtney Thompson wrote: My parents just made it into Willow Beach. There were no checkpoints, just a sign that said Residents Only.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:54pm.

Dee Barnes wrote: Valerie.... thank you so much...

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 5:59pm.

Brenda Rich wrote: I live in Wichita Falls and have been following this tragedy from day one. My thoughts and prayers to all of you at PK, the firefighters and volunteers. Your community has endured with grace. May God give you all strength in the coming days.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 6:10pm.

Cephas and Rachel Bryan wrote: Thank you wonderful people for the information that you have provided during this terrible crisis. We left the lake several days before the fire started for Arizona and you have kept us in touch with what was happening there. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you at PK. Special thanks to all those firefighter, law officers, and those who helped in any way during this time.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 6:26pm.

Clothing Drop Locations wrote: Would someone list the locations of clothing drop boxes. We all have clothing we should be able to donate.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 6:30pm.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: My husband Floyd McArthur(who fought the wildfires with my brother Mike Miller for five days in Hog Bend with Terry Wilcox and Jim Hanley)and I will be at the meeting Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce. We are united with our nabors in Hog Bend to rebuild and clean-up.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 6:33pm.

Connie wrote: For those of us that couldn't get there today, are there going to be more pictures posted from the land side of Gaines Bend? we would love to see about our place if anyone took pictures from the road, Thanks

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:00pm.

Steven Merritt wrote: I am following this disaster from afar in here Alaska, and it is truly heartbreaking to see such widespread destruction on a lake that provided so many wonderful memories in my youth. I have family in the Gaines Bend community (the Watsons, on Bluebonnet Circle) and my heart goes out to everyone affected there. Take good care...

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:04pm.

JRS wrote: For the people that couldn't get out there today, will there be another window of time that we can go out to assess damage, clean out the refrigerator, etc.? Anybody know?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:12pm.

Terri Iles wrote: Can anyone tell us which roads are open to return to the peninsula? I am in the metroplex with family and would like to access my home tomorrow in Golden Cove. Thanks for any help you can give.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:17pm.

Alan Thomas wrote: Will access to sportsmans world (or any other development for that matter) be restricted until electricity is restored?

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:26pm.

Terri Iles wrote: Please disregard my previous email. I read the release more clearly. Thank you for all of the information you all have provided throughout this tough time.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:27pm.

Bill Nordberg wrote: My neighbor Gary Blum called and said he is at his house on Hamilton Dr., on the Peninsula, there were no road blocks. Came in from Mineral Wells on 337N to 254 to 16 & Park road 36 straight in...no problems, however Sheriff & State Patrol visible all around. For all on Hamilton Drive he said all is well, no damage, also that according to his power meter readings, power was only off for 1 1/2 hours during the tragic fires, hopefully refrigerated items are still good. We feel for our neighbors on the lake who lost property and so many memories, we wish you well.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:27pm.

Peggy Pope wrote: A little disconcerting if what I'm reading from returning home owners is true (and I have no reason to believe it isn't). I've read posts and heard from several who have driven directly to their destinations since entry was cleared at 5 PM today and were not stopped by anyone (as is stated in the entry info). Does anyone know why??

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:29pm.

cook family wrote: Just wanted to let everyone know that on the west side letha cook lost her home as well as her daughter Kristy and her 2 children....an account has been set up for them at the bank on the west side...they lost everything...if you are willing to donate even dollar and need more information you may email me at coolkie_mosster@hotmail.com

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:35pm.

JB wrote: Clothing-- I saw that you can drop clothing ; etc @ 115 SW 3rd in Mineral Wells. Just south of 180 and right at the corner of 281 and 3rd. We are bringing a load tomorrow

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:36pm.

Jud Smith wrote: Thanks to all of you at Pondera Properties for your dedication in keeping us all informed. Our hearts go out to all who have suffered loss in this tragedy. We evacuated The Cliffs on Tuesday afternoon and are anxious to return but we return to a home unscathed and our prayers are with those who will have to rebuild, property and memories. We have many clothes and other things to donate which could help. Let us know where to take everything. Thanks again and God Bless you all. Jud and Vicki Smith

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:43pm.

Kwedow wrote: Yeah trading post! Don't forget your ice! Looking forward to doing business with you all soon! And the general store too!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:52pm.

Kyle wrote: Am very grateful for all that the communities and firefighters have done. I am sickened by remarks made by people such as C and Saddletramp. Disgusting and those that give real Texans a bad name and reputation. People have lost their homes and you are concerned if the feds will pay you for the value lost due to vegetation. Probably not as it will grow back in a few years. Lodging should NOT be paid back out of a relief fund as your insurance company will pay that and if you have lost a home will pay it in advance. I have lost a home to a fire and they give a cash advance on the same day as the call to them. Perhaps a call to your own insurance companies are in order before asking for handouts when there may be people needing them more, that have lost their only home and everything they own.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 7:59pm.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: correction.....that was Jim Gribble in Hog Bend that helped Floyd and Mike..sorry for the mistake

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:07pm.

Kyle wrote: Am very grateful for all that the communities and firefighters have done. I am sickened by remarks made by people such as C and Saddle tramp. Disgusting and those that give real Texans a bad name and reputation. People have lost their homes and you are concerned if the feds will pay you for the value lost due to vegetation. Probably not as it will grow back in a few years. Lodging should NOT be paid back out of a relief fund as your insurance company will pay that and if you have lost a home will pay it in advance. I have lost a home to a fire and they give a cash advance on the same day as the call to them. Perhaps a call to your own insurance companies are in order before asking for handouts when there may be people needing them more, that have lost their only home and everything they own.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:08pm.

cook family wrote: I would like to add to my post about the donations being asked for letha cook and kristy stone your help is much needed as this was both of thems only home and no insurance to cover anything. If any questions are needed please contact me at coolkie_mosster@hotmail.com

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:36pm.

clampier wrote: reports are now coming in at Lake Country Sun FB page that the reports coming out are false per personnel at PPSO.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:40pm.

Gaines Bend Resident wrote: To PAM ANDERSON:

WHY in God's name did you post this without outside confirmation?:

"Pam Anderson wrote:
URGENT!!!! We have found out that fires are flaring up in Sportsmans World and Gaines Bend and they're not allowing anyone in right now. If you happen to be in line or plan to get in line, please be patient. We'll let you know anything new as we learn it.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 10:30 AM.

All of us are on pins and needles and it was my understanding that NOTHING was to be posted here without solid confirmation of facts. Do you realize your post could have given someone a heart attack?! My husband went to Gaines Bend today and said nothing of fires in the neighborhood. PLEASE consider what you write and the effect it has on people reading this blog from a great distance.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:46pm.

Cliff Weekender wrote: The problem and the salvation with the Cliffs is the water system. We had fire hydrants, pumps, and a huge water tank that stored lake water to water the golf course. I think that this was used as a "watering hole" for fire trucks and tankers for the whole area. To do that, they had to put lake water in the fresh water system. I think that this is the reason that we were the only area on the south side that survived. I will run the sprinkler and not drink the water if I am able to make it out there tomorrow and count my blessings.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:04pm.

james vick wrote: Just got back from Hog Bend. Got to the back of the line to check in at about 11:15am. Three hours later I got to the front of the line. That was a long time setting in the car.
Got boat and went to Hog Bend. Had about 1 ½ hours to clean the frig and take pictures then it was time to go. Asked an Officer if I could leave by heading north and he said I was required to checkout at 180 and 16. Checked out a 5:40. Ready to go back and start clean up. All electric poles were up with no down lines in my area. Since one does not drive around in Hog Bend (no cars and roads); down lines are less of a problem. No reentry until electricity is back on in Hog Bend? If I promise not to follow the power lines until I find a down line can I go back?

The good news was my cabin was undamaged. Burns were 360 around my cabin. The only way that I can explain how the cabin was saved would be to guess that a helicopter must have dropped water on it to save it. My thanks goes out to the helicopter crews.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:04pm.

Lindsay wrote: I have new pics of Hells Gate and Sportsman that will leave you speechless. Who do I send to to post on page? Or if someone knows how send me your email and I will forward to you and you can post. These are truly remarkable--best I've seen!

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 9:05pm.

Jennifer wrote: Is there anyway that meeting tomorrow for the Sportmans World and other owners be broad casted over the internet? I think that would be a great way for those of us that live outside of town get some information about when might be a good time to come and check our properties.

Posted on Friday, April 22nd, 2011 at 11:03pm.

Emily McKelvain wrote: I've been watching all of this from Lubbock. My family has been going to PK for the last 20 years, and I've always loved it, but following all of this I feel even more blessed to be a part of the PK family - what a wonderful community we have! Someone said in an article I read today that PK is more than a place, it's a state of mind. Truer words cannot be said. Our house is okay, and even though I live off, I hope to help in the aftermath in whatever ways I can when I am there. Many blessings and prayers for our firefighters and those who have lost their homes. My heart is in PK these days even though I am not.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 12:07am.

Guide Dean Heffner wrote: DITTO DITTO to kyles and other replys to the above mentioned fake PK`ers.i have never been one to sling Mud so I won`t start now so enough said about that! I was thinking of how many times i have PUT MONEY IN THE BOOT- well i for one, know as i always have its always been well spent and will be making a donation other than the boot drives to our brave outstanding firefighters.I stayed here thru it all and watched them do most of the hard grunt work on these fires and am very proud of them as i am of jackie and all her crew and actually 99.8% of our community as this has surely brought us much more together as a tight knit community which i am sure is envyed by others!Kudos to the sherriffs dept and hypos also! they had the grim task of (and still do) of all they do including keeping the looters out off our properties! Also those who helped feed the firefighters and all the other support that most people won`t hear about ~THANK YOU --Enough can`t be said about this blog and I stand by my earlier statement that jackie and others all should be at least specially recognized with some kind of ceremony at the chamber- ladies and guys i know theres alot to be done but the chamber always comes thru so maybe someone could take that and be the ringleader and set that up! we`re not out of the woods yet and not only do we have to still be wary of fires but we need to put a stop to rumors and false info like I heard came from a game warden out of witchita falls that is telling people who call his office that not only is the air quality unbearable here for quite some time but that also fire retardants will run into the lake with a heavy rain and kill all of the fish! these kind of idiotic rumors have already caused one business alot of major income revenue to be lost as those who got that info cancelled thier reservations to the camp in which they were going to stay in! We have a full plate and dont need anyone especially an official like that absolutley spreading such rampant rumors! of course this also will affect my guide service in the next months also! So if you here such comments try to nip them in the bud before they spread like the fires!
Now for matters at hand,If anyone needs to get to thier property by water and the officials clear it and i can also put my boat in the lake,I am offering my services to help anyone with that if need be.thru-out this ordeal! Everyone might be pleased to know that being on the lake during this, my stress buster was to walk out on my dock and jig for and catch fish and they have been biting very well.in just 8 minutes yesterday morning just before daylight i caught 7 very nice sandbass with several as big as they get,and no, not trying to drum up biz,i have 3 generations of PK`ers that fish religiously with me and ya`ll know my reputation for guiding be it fishing or my gilligans 3 hour tour(as my wife calls them) to Hells Gate and the bluffswith the full history about the gate and the lake.I just know what rumors are already floating and they arent true,PK is definitly still full of biting fish and they are very healthy! Lets all pray for rain so we can get these fires behind us and start the cleaning& rebuilding process! I am very proud of my community I live in and would`nt trade it for the world! As everyone knows I am here and willing to help if its something I can do, so whatever it is, just ask! thanks Dean&Leanne Heffner- fav7734@aceweb.com

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 12:32am.

Peggy wrote: To Gaines Bend Resident who was upset with Pam Anderson: Chill out! Pam's information was correct. We were in line for over 2 hours this morning without moving, waiting at the checkpoint. There were fire trucks all over Gaines Bend when we were finally let in around 2:00. They were driving around checking for hot spots. Fire was still smouldering ON OUR PROPERTY! You owe Pam an apology.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 1:46am.

James Milton wrote: Wow, this past week has been difficult for a tremendous amount of people. My heart goes out to everyone who lost property. It is truly amazing to see the PK community and other surrounding areas pull together in such an event. The outpouring of support either from volunteering, donations, communications, and especially the firefighters and their families. They have sacrificied time away from their own families and communities to protect ours. I want to say "Thanks & God Bless" all of the emergency personnel who have helped with these fires in our community and "God Bless PK!"

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 6:05am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Yesterday was a pretty big day at the Lake. How is everyone feeling today now that you've had a chance to move back home, or at least lay eyes on your property as is the case in GB and SW? I know it was a very gut wrenching day for homeowners with property loss - I can't imagine what you're going through. Yesterday seemed like a day of mass confusion at our Holiday Inn Communication Center, but I want to thank yesterday's for having such a great attitude as we were given conflicting sets of "official" information. The problem we're experiencing last few days is who IS the official word? When Sheriff Mercer gives us "official" information, we believe him. (He is our ally, I can assure you.) When the Bosses give us "official" information we think we should believe them, as well. So to say we put out false information is inaccurate - you have know idea how diligent we have been in checking and rechecking information before we post it. I think that's what has made the site so useful to all - the ability to rely on the info provided.

I want to clear up two things that happened yesterday. First was the Press Release by United Coop - before we posted that release, we were fully aware of the contradiction it presented - how could we have a meeting in a location that was closed? We suspected (and "off the record" confirmed) that someone over there knew the order would be lifted by Saturday morning allowing all to return. We didn't have that information officially, so we couldn't comment but we provided it hoping you would get the hint just like we had. Some of you did, but others wanted clarification which was impossible since the information was contradictory. We hoped if we just deflected a little bit the confusion would clear itself up naturally, and it did when we got that notice about 4:45 from The Bosses about the evac order being lifted. But that's when problem number 2 emerged ....

Apparently there had been some discussion between the SO and The Bosses about what time the order would go into effect. During "discussions" one organization was pushing for 5 pm and the other for 7 pm. There was a little misunderstanding about what the agreement was (actually, one party thought there was agreement while the other party though it was still a discussion). So when The Bosses issued their order, the SO was caught by surprise, and the deputies in the field were caught unaware. Apparently the Cliffs was, too.

We do our best to get you the info, and I hope we have not let you down this week. We almost stopped and double-checked the info which we batted around for about a minute, but we decided time was of the essence in getting the info out to you, so we trusted the official word thinking we really shouldn't have to fact-check a government agency. We learned different. Interesting.

Just wanted y'all to have the behind-the-scenes story as we saw it unfold. But today is a new day. Yesterday was a day of closure in many respects. Last night I had the opportunity to visit at length with a senior firefighter. This is still a very hot and dangerous fire! Be careful and vigilant.

On a more exciting note - we have been trying to get Google to send their satellites to rescan our lake and get current detailed satellite imagery so we can all see the devastation around the lake and especially those neighborhoods were access is severely restricted. We thought psychologically this would help you grasp the enormity of what happened in the restricted neighborhoods and serve as a useful business tool as well. Last night we received word that they are working on it (who knew our collective voices carried such weight?) and the best news of all is that the imagery will be in high res format, just like they do for a big city (this is not the norm for rural areas). This is a complicated process that requires a lot of work on Google's part - you'll be the first to know when its available. Three cheers for two big corporations who are on our side - AT&T and Google, you're the best! ~JF

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 6:40am.

L Cook wrote: Considering some might need to drive various distances and the peninsula will be limited access to homeowners, what about those that are building or have personal property. i.e. boats stored in that area. Are those allowed access with documentation proving such?

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 7:59am.

carmyn walker wrote: God nless you and your staff. Thank you so much for not throwing in the towel when many would have. I can not imagine the stress and burden you have been through trying to keep the public informed with factual information and updates. Your service to all of us in being able to stay in touch was priceless, Again, Thank You!!!!!!!

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:22am.

sherry wrote: Just wanted to take a brief moment to THANK Pondera Real Estate for this blog and the hard work and talent you guys put into maintaining it.

I feel for so many of you who have lost your homes and hope you can rebuild soon.

As a lot owner only, I know I will continue to pray for rain and anticipate returning to PK with a big bag of grass seed to retain the soil. I know so few of you, but look forwrd to seeing you
out at PK soon.

Sherry

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:54am.

Sue Cathey wrote: My husband and I were fortunate to get to work at the Chamber building preparing food and/or delivering food and supplies to the firefighters and support personnel. We were face to face with some of these unselfish people, BUT, THEY were so complimentary of this community. I handed one young man about 20+, 6' tall, 220 lbs, soot covered, a burrito and he said, " Oh thank you, I'd hug you but I'd get soot all over you!" HE was thanking US and I told him it was the other way around and I didn't care if I got soot on me! Everyone we spoke with said they are not normally treated near as well. I know there were several different people or organizations preparing and delivering food and they have to be humbled by the reception of these dedicated individuals that sacrificed their lives, families, and for many their paychecks to save our lives and property. We also need to be proud of this community that so quickly gathered to say, "How can we help?" Thank you!

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:55am.

s. Wells wrote: First off, thank you, all the volunteers and especially the ALL the firefighters for the hard
work you've done.
I noticed that the sheriff has asked for a list of homeowners and their insurance agents
so they will be able to gain access which is a good idea but what about those in the
areas mentioned, that could not make it yesterday and still do not know about their property.
Also, are there any NEW photos or videos from owners that were there yesterday? I am
particularly interested about the Hells Gate Loop and Bluff Creek Marina area.
Any info will be appreciated.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 9:15am.

Summer wrote: Came across this article out of San Antonio...has some perspective of the guys that were fighting. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Firefighters-awed-by-N-Texas-inferno-1348629.php

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 9:21am.

Linda N wrote: First, you are doing a great job on this blog and keeping everyone updated. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone living or who has a home in the beautiful PK area, as well as all those people who have come into the area to help fight the fires. My husband and I went to Graham yesterday to drop off supplies to the Humane Society of Young County, who are doing an amazing job of housing a lot of displaced animals. We also took some donations to the fire camp at the arena, and they said one of their biggest problems is keeping up with clean linens for the 500 cots they have as well as towels. We made a run to WalMart and cleaned them out of towels and sheets, but it certainly wasn't enough. Also, they said the firefighers need snake kits, but WalMart isn't stocking them. We can't make another trip out to Graham today but I can meet someone who might be heading out there if you could take them. Otherwise we'll probably go out again on Sunday, so if there is word of supplies that are hard to find in the area please post that. For those returning home, we'll be praying for your safety and recovery from this tragedy.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 9:21am.

Juan Castro wrote: (CADDO)-Does anyone know if Park Road 33 is open to Caddo Bay?

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 9:39am.

Krista wrote: We were looking at our house yesterday in SW and firemen were putting out hot spots in the area.. They seem to be doing a great job watching for flare ups. The wind was so strong yesterday as well. I appreciate them letting us in to check our properties as I'm sure they would rather just be dealing with controlling the fires.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:01am.

Peggy Gibson wrote: For any that are still evacuees in Mineral Wells (or would just like to worship together) I would like to invite you to Mineral Wells First Baptist Church. The specifics are below. Please do NOT worry about what clothes you have, God doesn't care and neither do we!

Easter Schedule:

9:15 - Sunday School

10:30 - Combined Worship Service with mini-musical:
"He's Alive Forever"

ps
I will be playing the sax in the wind ensemble and I think Shawn is singing. Please don't let this scare you away!

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:03am.

Gigi johnson wrote: Since you have AT&T's ear right now would you please let them know that the service capabilities in the SW/GB area was spotty at best. We have called for years for them to improve service/build a new tower. Now that so many people are going to be relying on cell phones, Internet and 3G technology it would be of great importance and aid for them to help that area as they have come to your assistance. Please let them know that they have many customers who will still need there help... Thanks for all YOU are doing and have done through this horrible event.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:04am.

Kate Phelps wrote: God and "the Bosses" willing, we plan to have Easter Sunday morning service at St. Peter's by the Lake at 8 am as usual. Anyone able to get there is welcome to join us! St. Peter's is the little white church on the peninsula on PR36 at Redbird Ln just past the junction with 2951.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:29am.

Cook Family wrote: Hello all...Donations are being asked for the west side residents Letha Stone and Kristy Stone and her 2 kids whom both lost there homes in this fire...They are without everything and no insurance to claim it..If you are willing to donate even a dollar it would help..The account is set up at the First State Bank under the name of Letha Stone..if you need anymore information please just email me coolkie_mosster@hotmail.com

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:51am.

Joyce Bazis wrote: We feel blessed our home in the Cliffs has been spared. My heart aches for EVERYONE who has suffered loss - especially the uninsured! Perhaps it would help us help them if they would register at WalMart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc so we could purchase for them. If we had a list of names, where they have registered, and an address where we could ship, it would be wonderful. I hate adding to your work but you are my THANK GOD FOR YOU lifeline and my way to reach out.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:54am.

Brittany wrote: Hello PK Community,

In the midst of the destruction caused by fires this week, it is all the more appropriate to come together this Sunday for Easter. We invite you to join us at The Harbor for a sunrise service at 6:30am on the shore behind The Grille. In case of rain, the sunrise service will be held at The Chapel. A second service will be held at 9:30am at The Chapel. Both services will be led by Dr. Jim Denison.

The Grille will be open from 11-2 serving the normal all day menu.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 11:01am.

Lindsay wrote: S. Wells
I have pics of Hells gate and Sportsmans I can email u. Send me your email to Lindsay@kingdomroofing.com and I'll forward to you.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 11:33am.

Sherry Berman wrote: Just wanted to tell you all at Pondera PK what a great job you have done to keep us all informed. Also would like to tell the authorities that be that they did a great job of getting us into Sportman's World, I know it was frustrating for some homeowners to be in a line waiting but I feel that our neighborhood is protected from people that should not be there. We totally understand the process. The volunteers giving water and snacks were much appreciated along with the fireman that were helping cutting trees etc. (the guys from Bedford and Watagua fire departments helped us and my 16 year old was really excited as it saved him from moving and cutting trees). Laura Kirkland you are amazing to get all of this information to us knowing you only had your computer to work with, no maps, addresses,directories etc. Where I really really want to give thanks are to Roy Davis and Jay and the others (don't know the names) that stayed behind to risk their lives to save what they could. You guys are amazing and we could never repay you for what you have done. Also to the volunteer fire departments that also worked day and night to do what they can to keep the PK Complex from consuming the whole area. We were one of the lucky ones with a house that survived but so many of my friends were not so lucky. Just know that Andy and I will be here for you through this crisis and we will pray for you every night and help you in any way that we can. We are so sorry for your loss and all the other people in our community that we do not know, we are sorry for your losses. We are Texans, and when the rubber meets the road, the grit comes out and we will make the PK World better than before. It will take some time and heartache but we will get through this and survive together. A huge thanks to all involved.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 11:38am.

CB wrote: Is there any word about when we may be able to go into GB? The short notice and doing it on Good Friday was not something many of us could pull off that do not live there. Thank you for all you are doing. Greatly appreciated.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 12:01pm.

Michelle wrote: We spoke directly to Sheriff Mercer regarding the meetings at the lake today and he assured us that lake homeowners will be able to get to the meetings. There will be still be Sheriff Deputies and State Troopers around the lake, please remember they are there for our safety.

For those who are unable to make it to the lake: There will be a professional camera crew out here to film the meetings and get them posted online for you. This service is being put together by one of our PK Lake friends who lost their permanent home in the fire. The camera crew who will be filming is graciously donating their services for those who are not here.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 12:01pm.

Kay Herring wrote: Anyone else insured with Jo Turpen Insurance Agency? As of yet no answer on their phones or via email.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 1:17pm.

deb wrote: The Sunrise Service scheduled for tomorrow at Observation Point has been cancelled. The Point is closed except for emergency personnel.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 1:26pm.

LoveThatLake wrote: I, along with many, have really come to depend on the Pondera site to get valuable information. I must confess, however, that at times I had to stay away from this blog, (vs. the home page), as often some of the posts referred to "rumors," "reports," etc., which were never verified, but which caused much worry. Many people would refer to fires they were seeing on some less than accurate web sites, and this just created confusion and unnecessary anguish for some. At times, just had to ban myself from reading it because the information posted was not given the same scrutiny for accuracy as I felt the main page was. That's just my little .02, and I think it bears repeating that how we say something can be just as important as what we say, so careful reflection is never a bad thing before posting. No one wants sugarcoated information; yet we must all be careful to avoid alarmist rhetoric, particularly when our observations are coming second hand, no matter how reliable they might seem at the moment.

Went to GB yesterday and had to wait with the masses to get in. Had to provide identification, but was not required to provide proof of ownership, which was surprising. Witnessed first hand the hot spots and still precarious conditions. That said, however, if I were not there and had read the "URGENT" notice about GB, I would have had a rather different impression of what was going on there. Spoke to many firefighters, and they have a calm and commanding demeanor. While not taking anything for granted, they expressed a quiet confidence about conditions in GB at this time. They know where the hot spots are, they are pretty much on top of anything that begins to smolder or show ominous signs. We are very grateful for their presence-these guys seem to be complete pros and I feel we have left GB in good hands. Maybe I suffer from too much of a positive attitude (have been accused of such), but I feel that things are as good as they can be out there given the situation. I appreciate the good folks at Pondera more than I can say, as they provided a service that no one else was either willing or able to provide. Will continue to pray for rain, for the hardworking men and women of the various FD's, and for those who are suffering at this time.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 2:29pm.

Mark wrote: Help to understand why they say the fire is only 25% contained when the maps provided indicate virtually no fires compared to a earlier in the week? Where is the other 75%?

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 2:39pm.

Pete wrote: Any idea what age/size Kristy Stone's kids are? Boy/girl? We may have some new clothing for them.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 3:04pm.

Lisa Tilson wrote: Just wanted to give a HUGE THANKS to all of the firefighters, but especially to John and Nancy Burgoyne - our lake neighbors for almost 20 years (and also volunteer firefighters). As we were leaving our still standing home in Gaines Bend yesterday, I spotted a white piece of paper on one of our trees near the garage. It said "John & Nancy Burgoyne put this hot spot out 4/19/2011 12:25 pm". If they hadn't been there at the right time, who knows what could have happened. We didn't stay long because it is still dangerous out there. THANK YOU ALL for your hard work and continuous efforts. PK will prevail!!

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 3:12pm.

Carol L. wrote: We came arrived at our home last night. What was so evident driving in was just how much our firefighters saved. We are so blessed to come home. Many are not as fortunate. Our prayers go out to all who have been affected by the fires. As I sit and look out over the lake I am inspired by its beauty and know we will come together and restore the lake we love. Thank you Pondera PK - you were our lifeline for the week we were gone. Cannot say how much your information helped us get through this. And to all of those who helped, in any way, small or large, in lending a hand, thank you.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 5:38pm.

Sharon Lawson wrote: News from Ruth and Don Zahn, Shorty is come and soooooo happy!

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 5:43pm.

LoveThatLake wrote: Is it raining at PK?

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:14pm.

Sarah Stelzer wrote: Thank you Jackie, Jason, Pondera and many many others for starting and keeping this website and blog going to keep us infomed. What a lifesaver this has been!
Last night, my husband John and I headed out as soon as we heard we could get in on the pennisula. We were honored to clean and prepare beds and help with a meal for about 40 of these brave firefighters that have been protecting our community. I was blessed to put my arms around them and to personally thank some of these brave men. Some have been sleeping in their trucks for several nights and were so grateful for a bed and a shower. They kept thanking us over and over. I have never seen such a humble group of brave men. I could not begin to thank them enough, but they just kept saying..It's my job and I love it. Wow, what can you say? Humbling.
I also want to say Thank you to Ken and Teresa Whitten, Mr. & Mrs. Scott Beathard and their daughter for running to the Trading Post and purchasing and cooking ribeye steaks for these men. Your kindness was so appreciated by these men. Thank you Sulema for coming to help, just after you were able to return to your own home! You are the best and always there! Jason, we love you and appreciate that you have helped with this blog and website and came out last night to help feed and care for the firefighters and to help Ken fight fires on The Ranch till the wee hours of the morning. Your servant heart is always ready to help. Thank you Gilbert and Ofelia for cleaning, running laundry to Fort Worth and all the countless other things you have done this week. Thank you Steve Mitchell for cooking on Thursday night for these firefighters and probably tonight. Nothing like food prepared by Chef Steve! Thank you Mr. Churchill and the other Harbor owners for suppling the firetruck that many, but especially Ken and Teresa have been using to contain the hotspots in The Ranch for several days now. Thank you Darrell Wilson for opening your home to house 18 or more of these men. What a cool site to see at least 5 firetrucks parked at Century Oaks last night. Please excuse me if I have left someone out of this list...I am sorry...I know there have been many people involved in caring for others these last few days. I wish I could thank you all by name. This community is full of wonderful, hardworking, loving people...keep us posted Pondera on this wonderful website, so that those of us who have been fortunate to still have a home and place to work can help those of you in need. We want to help in any way we can...PK will recover because we have so many of these wonderful people who pull together in times of need. Keep praying for rain so these many hotspots and fire will be out soon. Thank you Lord for all the firefighters, law enforcement officers and so many other volunteers and agency that have been involved in this tragedy. May all have a blessed Easter and a chance to stop and reflect on Jesus and His sacrifice for us. May He protect all these men and women in harms way.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:15pm.

katherine Snell wrote: has anyone heard if the house on the point of hogs bend near south d and d next to the tungates survived the fire please let me know

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 8:24pm.

Bob wrote: A good Easter present would be to give notice to all that the evacuation order for GB residents will be lifted and full access will be allowed on Wednesday. Wasn't this confirmed this afternoon?

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 9:37pm.

Michele Weber wrote: Can someone tell me the ages of the Stone children? If they are the ages of Fisher Price/Mattel I can provide some toys for them. Please give me a call. 817-846-3781 cell; 940-779-3926 home.

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:36pm.

Trent wrote: As for the "PK will never be the same" nonsense. We're frome Lubbock. We had a place on the penn. for 26 yrs. Sold it 10 yrs ago. But one thing I know is that I cuold go there next weekend and park my camper and fish that beautiful Brazos for trout (and catch some) like I have done for the last 10 yrs. Now that talk is Crap. The beauty there is STILL THERE! It was not a total waste. Damn! The talk and press crap is Wrong. Yea it has been a bad deal but, it didn't ruin the Beautriful place it is. You can still take in the scenery of cliffs to pastures and beaches.You Can Still Use Them!! PK has a Good Summer to look forward to. It will progress just fine. I will Still Make Summer Trips There just to Take it in! Hey ya know, NONE of the Resorts and camp areas got damaged and, they're STILL there to stay at and enjoy. Thanks to all the vol. fire guys who busted ass to knock that fire down whom most of live there and Love that Most Beautiful Lake in TEXAS. I'm a good bit aways from there and it made a Big Deal to me. Thanks So Much Guys & Gals. Now it's time to soak up Pk As Always. IT AINT RUINED IT IS STILL A GREAT VACATION!

Posted on Saturday, April 23rd, 2011 at 10:43pm.

Phil Herrington wrote: To Katherine Snell - I live on Colonels Row across from Hog Bend Point. From my view point I can see a beige colored house out near the point. From what I can see it looks okay. I can't quite make out all the details through my binoculars. The brush and mesquite trees surrounding it are burned. If you would like I can try to take a picture after church and email it to you. Please let me know.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 7:58am.

Vicki wrote: I have been reading this since day one. I would like to say a big Texas style Thank You to all those who made this possible for us to keep up with what was happening and what we need to do miles away. When we recieved word Thursday night that we could go in the next day we left our home at 11:30 pm and drove all night. It was important to us to see for ourselves. We knew by Tuesday that our house was still standing. Thanks to Koby Rogers for giving out his cell number. I called him ASAP. Also, another TEXAS style thanks to those who stayed in SW to fight for our homes, thank you Roy, Jay and many others, I don't know you personally but thank you so much for all you did. As if I feel relief knowing our house is there, I also feel sad for those who could not say the same. We suffered minor damage and we have no yard left but we do have the house and the place we call Sportsman's World, aka Hells Gate. My heart goes out to 'all' that have lost their homes. I'm so sorry. At last, one more Thanks to all the fireman.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 7:58am.

Michelle wrote: Video from yesterday's meetings have been posted on the fire page.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 8:09am.

Tami Tyler Whitten wrote: To Katherine Snell, yes the white house on the point at hog bend, next to Tongates is still standing.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 8:45am.

Shelley Head wrote: Big hugs to all of you keeping this page going with so much info. It helps when you are far away and wonder what's going on. Thanks to all the firefighters for your sleepless days and nights. We lost our house in GB. I am done crying. We have loved PK since we found it in 1975, it will be beautiful again!

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 8:46am.

Lindsay wrote: Every Easter the words 'He is Risen' are spoken everywhere. I've spent many Easter weekends at PK watching the sun rise above the cliffs in Sportsman world rejecting off the water and rocks. The drive to church thru Palo pinto is awesome at dawn and always reminds me that God made it all for us to enjoy! That same sun rose this morning over PK and will everyday the same way. The burnt grass will soon be greener than ever, the old brush is gone, and soon the land will be bustling with construction. People will have jobs they need and new homes will be tweaked just the way we wanted them. Fish will thrive on their new nutrients. Critics are right--PK will never be the same. It will be even better mor beautiful and full of a new community of neighbors who are even closer. He Has Risen! Thank you God.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 8:51am.

Mark Lee wrote: What about the house with the Texas Flag roof @ Hells Gate cove, is it still standing?

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 10:18am.

Bobby wrote: Rain on the 22nd? What got wet?any help on the fires?

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 11:56am.

Seetha Babu wrote: Hi,
I am from knights inn motel in Mineral wells on Hwy 180 E. We would like to offer a special 30% discounted weekly rate for the PK evacuees if they need lodging. They can call 940-325-6956 for more information. Thank you for your good work in maintaining this website. I am very proud to be part of this wonderful community.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 12:01pm.

Jack wrote: Sorry to report that these house with the Texas flag on the roof is gone as are most on the bluff.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 4:15pm.

Rick Rhoads wrote: Great work! Many of us live close, but not in the affected areas close to the lake. But we are probably just as nervous as anyone. We are also extremely dry, and only a heartbeat away from similar circumstances. We live just east of Highway 281 off of FM1885, so we were really shocked to hear there were fires close to Graford a few days ago.

What is perplexing to me for several days now, all the local stations, 4,5,8, and 11 keep repeating the the fires are 25% contained. That leaves 75% that are NOT contained, but they do not mention where that 75% is. The map on your blog is instructive as to location, but only in broad outline. Is this where it was Thursday, or Friday, or Saturday? This is not your job to handle with an overworked staff of volunteers and all the immediate problems you are dealing with, but maybe the next reporter that sticks their head in your door could go get some real time information with some detail for the many of us that live reasonably close to the lake and the fires. It seems there should be a pr liason to the incident commanders, and if there is and I just didn't know where to look, excuse me!

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 4:53pm.

Kim wrote: I am a full time resident fo Gaines Bend. Just wanted to say thanks to Texas Star RV on 281S of Mineral Wells. They have allowed us to park our RV here free of charge until we can return home. This is why I love where I live and the communities around PK. It is hard to express the Thanks to all that have had such an input on the efforts to make this experience as easy as possible.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 6:54pm.

David wrote: Rick
Try inciweb.org there are some good maps on that sight last night it was 50% containment.
Hope this helps.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 7:25pm.

Gary wrote: I live on the Peninsula and received 1.75" of rain and some pea size hail.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 8:26pm.

Kristina Hamilton wrote: I am trying to find out if the house across from south D&D Survived the fire...Standing at south D&D it is the first dock sticking out on the point across from the boy scout camp...it was built by my grandfather James McKinney who has passed. I have many memories there as a child and we had to sell the house when he became terminally ill. Please if anyone knows it would be greatly appreciated. Our neighbors were Glen and Patsy. I dont remember the last name.

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 8:58pm.

Steve Burdett wrote: Does anyone know how much rain PK got today and tonite?

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 10:53pm.

Laura wrote: Lindsey, thanks for that! We need some optimism here! We also have spent many Easters @PK... and you are right, it will all come back for us!

Posted on Sunday, April 24th, 2011 at 11:19pm.

Toni McNulty wrote: Rick, here is a link to the Incident Information System map with more detail. Tony Wilder is the Incident Commander, but this site does not list the name of a PR Liaison. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2172/

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 9:08am.

Toni McNulty wrote: Correction to my previous comment. See the tab on the right that says "Incident Contacts" for Public Information contacts. http://www.inciweb.org/incident/2172/

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 9:12am.

steve shoap wrote: I have invented a system that can protect a community from wildfires. It is a hose based system that can spray water or foam by remote control. The hoses can be rapidly deployed by pickup trucks. The system components are available today. My website is
www.electric-fluid-pipeline.com

If I get some funding support, the system can be prototyped in a short time.
I have an MSEE from MIT, and am a retired electrical engineer with many years of system design experience. I have US patents for the system.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 10:22am.

Michele Weber wrote: Much needed rain came last night along with some hail. Praise the Lord! Drove around all on the north end and up to Mr. C's and down the penisula. Went to check our kids place and few close friends places. Roads are wet and the ground is saturated, however, can't control mother nature - high winds and hot weather again for next week.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 11:05am.

Hog Bender wrote: Kristina: the first two houses across from South D&D facing boys scout camp are still standing, I counted at least 4 homes past that that didnt make it, hope this is helps..take care..

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 12:10pm.

Lorraine Jacobs wrote: Folks-
Red Cross is looking for people who may have lost their home in the fires. Please contact Red Cross at 817-336-8718. We wish you all the best in your recovery process.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 12:33pm.

Michele Weber wrote: If you know any one who lost their home in the PK fires and have small children Mattel/Fisher Price age, please let me know. I may be able to replace a few toys.
817-846-3781 webersonpk@yahoo.com or michele.weber@mattel.com.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 1:00pm.

fred1138 wrote: So what is the status of the PK fires now after 2 rains? Also is Palo Pinto lake accessible?

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 1:25pm.

CB wrote: My wife and I will be going to GB in the morning to check out our property now that the quarantine is listed. If someone needs for us to go and check out a property because you cannot get there, or take some pictures, please let us know- we will do our best to accomodate you.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 2:52pm.

Bonnie Aycock wrote: Do you know if garbage service will be resumed and will the BRA open the dump sites at extended days/hours?

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 3:21pm.

Todd wrote: We started up a prayer for the families affected by the Texas Wildfires at http://prayersay.com/pray/YwF7r2 . Everyone is invited to share their prayers.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 4:36pm.

Deb Chapman wrote: Time to start finding ways to express our gratitude. I just wrote a thank you note to one of the metroplex FD's that provided professional Firefighters and equipment to help fight the wildfire. If you'd like to share your heartfelt appreciation here is their email address: Fire@coppelltx.gov.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 6:17pm.

Lauren wrote: I would like to see if anyone knows of any volunteer groups or clean up crews...We have a small group that is interested in coming to volunteer this weekend.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 6:56pm.

colleen barber wrote: Does anyone have any information about Rochelle's Canoe rental on hwy #4?

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 10:24pm.

HKing wrote: I have read thru all these blogs and I am so sadden for all of you who lost your homes and personal "things" but are all very blessed to be alive after this horrible devastation. I don't think I would be as strong as some of you writing. You all worked long & hard to have those things taken away in a matter of short time. Please continue to post peoples needs and remember there are soo many people on stand by ready to help.

Posted on Monday, April 25th, 2011 at 11:09pm.

Guy Andrews wrote: Thanks again to AT&T, Mattel, Google, The Red Cross, and others who are supporting our community in our time of need.

Let's not forget the firefighters and others who are out there giving more than everyone else combined, with the least to gain from their efforts. The selfless civil servants who are giving their blood and sweat and risking their lives for little pay deserve much more appreciation than we are even able to give.

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 8:09am.

Savannah wrote: Please let me know what to gather to bring- clothing sizes, etc. There are a ton of people over here in Arlington just dying to help! And where to deliver? Also anyone getting groups together to help rebuild and replant please contact me, I've got a few people ready to do all we can!

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 12:18pm.

Jennifer wrote: Our Girl Scout Troop is camping at Camp Grady Spruce this weekend, so we have been reading this blog for many days and have been very saddened by the losses of the families at PK. We would love to bring some items to help, but are not sure what might still be needed and where we can drop them off. If someone can make some suggestions and tell us how to get it where it is needed - we can pull together a quick rally and have things to deliver on Friday.

Thank you.

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 12:35pm.

Skip wrote: I have spent many summers at PK and know what a beautiful place it is. I won't fill up space restating all of the well-deserved praise that has already been said here. I just wanted to chime in with a word of caution. There are many people in the world that are not as caring and trusting as all of you and would use a disaster like this for personal gain. I've seen a few posts here that made me nervous. The blatant advertisements are tasteless, but not particulartly harmful. What I would caution people about is who you give monetary donations to. I don't want to discourage donations in any way, but if you do not know the family, or the person collecting the money personally, I would be wary of handing over money. I hate to be the one bringing up negativity, but unscrupulous people tend to target such warm-hearted people as the PK community. Please give whatever you are able, but please also be cautious and aware of where your hard-earned money is going...

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 2:24pm.

John wrote: I drove around Sportsman World today as I made my way to my house, which is amazingly intact and I must admit, I felt a little guilty that mine survived and so many dear friends and neighbors lost so much. Thank you to all the fire-fighters and service people as well as the law enforcement officers who helped protect, save, and preserve what they could. Blessings to you all. I was struck by the fact that there was already new growth beginning to sprout up where the fire had uttterly consumed everything in its path, but the sprouts were the prospect of new growth, hopefully for much more in the future.
On a separate note, I would be curiously interested in someone's professional opinion of what our values might be if we survived. How has this impacted the values?
I can hardly wait to have a burger at Mel's Whataburger and say, keep the change.

Posted on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 8:52pm.

Jackie wrote: To Skip's point - the PK Chamber met Tuesday night and shared the same concern. First, be cautions about giving to legitimate organizations. None of our Volunteer Fire Departments OR our PK Fire Relief Fund are overtly conducting solicitation of funds. We are NOT calling people for donations. We are NOT going door-to-door for donations. We ARE collecting funds for anyone who wishes to donate - you can contact the chamber or the various fire departments directly if you wish to contribute. NEVER GIVE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER TO ANYONE OVER THE PHONE IF YOU DID NOT INITIATE THE CALL YOURSELF!

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 4:34am.

Jackie wrote: Jennifer - I think we have all the supplies and donations we need a this time. We appreciate that your troop wants to help. The best thing you can do for the Possum Kingdom area right now is to tell everyone how beautiful it is out here. Our community desperately wants visitors to know how special it is and that the fire has not "ruined everything." We need people to come visit us with their families this summer and enjoy our lake. Maybe your troop can go back and find a way to spread the work about PK? Call me if you have any questions - 940-445-7622. Jackie

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 4:39am.

Jackie Fewell wrote: To All who Want to Help PK: Our firefighters are winding up efforts here. There is very little, if any, active fire fighting going on. Firefighters are mainly watching for flareups and working to minimize any remaining hotspots. No donations are needed (but we SO appreciate your willingness). Our attention is turning to the Recovery. This is where we really need help. We are searching for volunteers who can help with marketing and media campaigns to get the word out about PK still being a great place to visit. We have had many homes lost, but with the exception of a few places on the shoreline, much of the devastation is hidden away from view if you're on the lake. Our community will suffer greatly if people think they should go play elsewhere for the next couple of years because its "ruined" here for awhile - this is NOT TRUE! We have an immediate need for volunteers to help us educate the public through effective use of public relations, marketing, traditional or social media to get the word out. We much launch this campaign within two weeks. We have ideas in place but need assistance. If you think you can help, email me at PKisOK@PonderaPK.com. Thank you SO MUCH!

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 4:51am.

Danielle wrote: Jackie,
To be honest, I think this will be one of the biggest and most memorable summers that PK will have! Our family was so so blessed to have our home survive in GB. It will be an emotional summer, but a great one.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 11:22am.

SHARON LAWSON wrote: IS THE LAKE OPEN FOR BOAT TRAVEL? WE ARE IN DALLAS AND WILL MAKE A TRIP TO PK IF THE LAKE IS STILL CLOSED TO BOATS. ANY INFO WOULD BE APPRECIATED. AGAIN, SO SORRY FOR ALL THOSE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR HOMES.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 2:26pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: Yes the lake is open for boats!!! The sky is blue again and the water is as beautiful as always.

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 3:05pm.

Peggy Gibson wrote: As I look out my window by my desk the scene I see is the same that I have seen for the last 10 years. The lake is beautiful, fisherman venture deep into Neeley's slough looking for the best fish, the birds sing, the tree tops dance gently in the breeze, and a peacefulness lays over the area. If I choose to look out another window I see scorched land but if I look just a little closer there is already green grass starting to show through the ash. If I look at the area with just a little imagination I see rolling hills full of native grasses and wild flowers. The Possum Kingdom area may look different after this "event" but PK is OK. The lake is open for business. Come on in the water is fine!

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 5:04pm.

Pam A wrote: Colleen, Rochelle's is fine and reopened today. They said the fire came really close to the house but they're okay and ready for business!

Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 at 7:35pm.

Sue Cathey wrote: The Boil Water Alert has been lifted from Gaines Bend. One more step to back to "normal". Hope everyone is getting reestablished. Please let any friends or neighbors know that may not be checking this site. The standpipe is still out of service, but 98% of GB is good to go! Good Luck! Sue Cathey and all your friends at PK Water Supply

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 3:10pm.

Laura wrote: Jackie, Thanks so much for this web site... you have been an immeasurable tool through this whole ordeal. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you and your staff as well as all of the volunteers and firefighters. PK is still the most beautiful place on earth!

Posted on Thursday, April 28th, 2011 at 11:32pm.

Pam A wrote: Whataburger is open and ready to take our orders!

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 9:01am.

Peggy Gibson wrote: We have electricity!!! UCS is the best!! This was a herculean task that UCS is completing in record time. There is still a lot of work to do in Gaines Bend but much like the fire that swept through so quickly, UCS is sweeping through. Instead of devastation, UCS is bringing happiness through electricity!

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 9:42am.

Rod Nunley wrote: Don't know if anybody caught it, but the Eats Beat column in Wednesday's Star-Telegram had a nice mention of the Stuffed Olive, and how many of the news reporters ate there while covering the fires. Since there's concern about fighting the perception that PK is completely burned up, this was a good bit of positive publicity.

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 10:24am.

The Cook/Stone Family wrote: Hello again everyone! I have mentioned in several posts above about Letha and Kristy Stone and her 2 kids both lost there homes in the fires...They are having problems finding something to rent...If you or anyone you know may have something they can rent until they can do something permament it would be greatly appreciated....Please email me at coolkie_mosster@hotmail.com

Posted on Friday, April 29th, 2011 at 10:39am.

Shari Hightower wrote: Is there anybody attending the Hogg Bend neighborhood meeting and going out on the lake tomorrow? I need a ride to what used to be my cabin. I haven't had the chance to see it yet and I do not have a boat. I would really appreciate it! My email is sharihightower@yahoo.com

Posted on Saturday, April 30th, 2011 at 1:07pm.

Chris Nixon wrote: I finally made it to the Lake today to check on my property. My wife and I owned the little white cottage, okay shack, that sat over the water in Caddo Bay off of Brandy Rd (Hey, don't blame me for it's condition. I tried for two years to get permission to remodel it.) Yes that's correct, I said we "owned". To my surprise, the place burned to the piers. Everything was destroyed. All that remained, other than the piers, were the charred remnants of our appliances and the metal siding. Our neighbors house to the south, which also sat over the water on piers and had a red metal roof, burned down as well. One other house on Brandy Rd burned down, the single story dwelling that sits behind the road next to Paula's large, relatively newly built home. No other home on Brandy Rd appeared to be touched, although there were a few close calls.

Damage to the trees and landscape behind Brandy Rd was sporatic. A few sections were completely torched, particularly the section of the state park between Park Rd 33 and the Lake. About half of my property was completely torched. Beyond this, things didn't look too bad from the top of the hill. The Lake is still beautifull. And, many sections around the Lake from my vantage point were untouched or only partially burned.

No one should be concerned for us. I just wanted to pass this information along because I hadn't seen much written about Caddo Bay. We lost some valuable personal property inside. But, no one was hurt and we are insured. Hopefully, my neighbors will be okay as well. Best of luck to all.

Posted on Sunday, May 1st, 2011 at 12:39am.

Shawna Lawry wrote: Chris and I flew up to view the lake from the air on Saturday. I took lots of photos and sent them to the Lake Country Sun and to Jackie, so perhaps some will be posted. Overall the lake looked much better than I had expected. There were boats out on the lake, and while some areas were devastated, other areas were not touched at all by the fire. Our condolences go out to those who lost homes and property. We'll be working with you to help restore PK to it's former beauty!

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 1:55pm.

pam dunavin wrote: my lot is #86 at hogg bend, my house is ok according to terry wilkox and jim gribble. i haven't been out to see for myself. i was gona go this weekend but with the rain i changed my mind and plan on going out next weekend. if i can help anyone, you can let me know i don't live there like so many of you so if i can be of help you can let me know. pdunavin@yahoo.com

Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2011 at 8:15pm.

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Posted on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 8:26am.

Kim McKay wrote: any word on electricity in Hogbend?

Posted on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 at 6:13pm.

Jackie wrote: RE: Hog Bend - YES, electricity working there.
RE: All the phone calls and questions we get about the Lake being open - DOUBLE YES. Please bring your boats and your families and your fun time attitudes back to Possum Kingdom, where you'll find the same great water as you always have. The impact to PK is really a residential issue. The Lake air is clear, the waterway is open and clean, the marinas are open, the business community is back at work providing services - its still the same GREAT LAKE that its always been. Don't let negative attention or misconceptions keep you away. ~ JF

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 4:28pm.

Janie Hurley wrote: It isn't negatuve attention or misconceptions that keep some of us away. It is deep, deep sorrow and pain. I am happy for all of you who have a place to go at the lake. I don't and never will again. Nothing negative here, only the truth.

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 11:14pm.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: My husband Floyd McArthur was on site at Hog Bend with my brother when the wildfires were burning and stayed and saved as many houses as they could from burning from Saturday till Thursday. They took turns sleeping so as to watch the fires and walk the shoreline for outbreaks. They ran out of food and our neighbors told them to break into their cabins and take whatever they needed,,and they did. Our house is on lot # 105 in the slough with Terry Wilcox and Jim Gribble. It has the purple park bench on the dock and the house is brown with a porch across it. My father in law bought the lease in the early 1950's. We are going back up next week for the first time since the fire and I'm sure we will love PK more than ever.

Posted on Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 11:59pm.

Laura wrote: Janie, I'm so sorry for your loss... Please don't give up on PK! It's the most beautiful place in the world... The spirit remains and hopefully you and your family will, as well.

Posted on Sunday, May 8th, 2011 at 12:18am.

Shelley Watson Price wrote: Our prayers are still with those that suffered loss with the fires, We so appreciate all the firemen, volunteer fire teams, Sheriff's Deputy's and B.R.A. staff that worked so hard to keep everyone safe and fought to save as much as they could. My brother Larry Watson, Jr. is with the B.R.A. and personally I know he went without sleep and eating much of anything for days so I applaud all the volunteers that got in gear and got meals to those serving.
I hope to see God bless all the wonderful people at the lake and they see a wonderful rebuilding effort underway! The Price family- Palo Pinto, Texas.

Posted on Saturday, May 14th, 2011 at 7:54pm.

Shawna Lawry wrote: Houses can be rebuilt and land can be restored. The spirit lives on in the hearts and souls of the wonderful people who live and vacation there. Chris and I loaded the bicycles in the airplane and flew up to Sportsman's World Saturday. We spent the day bicycling around to get a better feel for the problems of the residents in this neighborhood. We looked at the devastation and talked to the neighbors there. It is a tragedy, so much loss and heartbreak. I especially feel sorry for those who lived there full time, some of whom lost everything they owned, including pets. Everyone needs to pull together to rebuild their environment for the good of the neighborhood. We’ve decided to help by donating part of the proceeds of our projects towards habitat restoration on the lots where we are rebuilding homes. There is a great workshop being sponsored by Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Forest Service and Texas Agrilife Extension Service on Thursday, May 19. I’ve added a link to the details on our website. We intend to be at that workshop to learn what resources these agencies will be offering to assist in the habitat restoration because we think this is critical to the recovery of large portions of PK. This habitat destruction is a formidable problem, and poses the largest challenge for all of us, but it is by no means insurmountable, and we intend to help as a way of giving back to the community.

Posted on Sunday, May 15th, 2011 at 1:06pm.

Carolyn McArthur wrote: We just got back from spending 10 days at our lakehouse at Hog Bend Lot #105. I had not been to the house since the wildfires so it was a shock to me. Seeing the cabins that had been there since coming to PK as a teenager gone and in piles of burned char brought tears to my eyes. I thought of all the work that had gone into the building of the cabins (like ours) by bringing everything across the lake by boat or barge. I'm telling you it is hard work!!! Our prayers keep going to our heavenly Father for everyone touched by the wildfires in any fashion. Floyd and Carolyn McArthur

Posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 at 5:08pm.

Judy wrote: It looks like a new fire started near Fortune Bend which jumped the Brazos River at Beldon's. Any news of the scale of this new fire?

Posted on Friday, June 17th, 2011 at 7:16am.

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Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 at 3:10pm.

Beth wrote: There is a new fire to the north of Willingham Ranch. If anyone has specific information on this fire, please let me know. Our property is close to this area. My son is working out there and took pictures from our house and it is close.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 4:38pm.

Beth wrote: A fire has been spotted on North side of Willingham Ranch on the west side. Our house is off of Navaho. If anyone has specific information on this fire, would you please let me know. My son works on the lake and he said the fire is really close to our house. Any information would be great. Thank you

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 5:02pm.