Willingham Ranch Fire – June 25, 2011 (Unpublished)

Posted by Jackie Fewell on (Unpublished).

At approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday, June 25, 2011, residents around Possum Kingdom Lake began to see smoke from a fire reportedly located on the Willingham Ranch on PK's West Side.

According to eye witness reports, if you are on the Airport / Willow Road area on PK's north side, you are directly across from the part of the Willingham that is on fire.  The fire is on the ridge above the water.  According to radio reports, fire personnel say the fire appears to be growing fast.

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13 Responses to "Willingham Ranch Fire – June 25, 2011"

Jackie Fewell wrote: Lone Camp Fire Department called in to as heard on the Palo Pinto County Public Safety Radio Scanner.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 4:20pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: Marsha Bettis, Pondera's Managing Broker and west side resident, reports that the fire is upwind from lakefront properties on the Willingham, and that it may be on the ranch behind and east of the Willingham.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 4:31pm.

Jackie Fewell wrote: According to a Pondera contact who spoke to the BRA, the are letting the fire go up the river.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 4:45pm.

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 5:23pm.

beth wrote: My son is in the cove and there are helicopters dumping water on the fire now. According to him, the wind is blowing away from the homes along the water in Willingham Ranch. The fire is near Navaho Lane but behind the ridge (to the north of the homes along the waterfront). I have recent pictures that I can forward if anyone would like.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 5:29pm.

Marsha Bettis wrote: Beth, pretty sure your house on Navaho is ok....the fire is east and north of there and wind is blowing AWAY from the lakefront of the Willingham.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 5:30pm.

Kim bevers wrote: Watching from our house across from lakeshore marina. Fire seems to be moving away from any homes on willing ham. Lots of firetrucks going down 1148. We saw the start and called 911

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 5:33pm.

Beth wrote: FM 1148 is closed East of Ramsey Road. Traffic is not being allowed into Lakeshore Marina or Willingham Ranch per an eyewitness. Discussions with the officer indicated there are fire trucks and helicopters fighting the fire but there is not indication when the fire will be under control.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 6:14pm.

Jackie wrote: According to the Lake Country Sun at 6:20 pm on 6/25/11: West Side fire is north of the lake, wind from the south. Big, hard to access. Went in the Stovall gate at the entrance to Maverick off 1148, went back in a couple of miles and it was back toward the east(?) quite a distance. Also, spotter plane was on site around 4, Texas Forest Service units were headed that direction. Saw them around 5:30 on 180 at the Highway 16 intersection traveling west. Unsure if 16 is closed.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 6:29pm.

Jackie wrote: Regarding the west side fire, Marsha Bettis reports from her boat that no smoke is seen in Lakeshore Cove. All lake front in Willingham Ranch is fine.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 7:13pm.

Jackie wrote: According to the InciWeb website (the official fire management website) .... the Willingham Fire has burned 600 acres and has 72 fire personnel fighting it. For details, go here: http://inciweb.org/incident/2378/.

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 10:55pm.

Jackie wrote: According to Kyle Walker this morning from his place on the north end of the lake, he can see no smoke and no activity in the air. Fingers crossed the fire has been extinguished and that it won't flare up today.

Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 7:32am.

Beth wrote: Thankful that the fires were extinguished and there was no flare up of the fire today. Thank you to Pondera for the website, for checking on the fire and getting information to us. There was a quick response to this fire and for that we are grateful. Thank you all!

Posted on Sunday, June 26th, 2011 at 11:15pm.