A grass and hay burns in flames in the area of FM 2578 as the Terrell Volunteer Fire Department begins to put out the fire.


Kaufman County Judge Hal Richards has issued a disaster declaration due to widespread severe property damage resulting from an almost 500-acre large-scale wildfire which is no longer spreading but continues to burn. To make things worse, high winds have been predicted for next several days which heightens the need for extreme caution. 

Yesterday, dozens of volunteer firefighters from nine volunteer fire departments along with assistance from air resources battled a wildfire engulfing what was thought to be more than 500 acres of grassland. This fire, labeled the King’s Creek Fire located along County Road 4061, began at approximately 4:30 p.m. on July 17 and initially was estimated to be five acres. The fire quickly grew to a reported 100 plus acres and was, as of 8:30 a.m. today, to be an estimated 508 acres with a 75 percent containment.  

As of noon today, the pace of the emergency had slowed but the actual fire acreage has been determined to be an actual 460 acres. Air support resources have now been redirected to other higher priority areas, but dozens of firefighters remain on the scene from the volunteer departments from Terrell, Kemp, Mabank, Crandall, Kaufman, Rosser and Kaufman County Precinct 4. 

The County’s Emergency Management Plan has been implemented and the Executive Order states that this proclamation takes effect immediately from and after its issuance.

• The use of fireworks in any form shall be prohibited and subject to the penalty under violation of the Kaufman County Emergency Operations Plan which is $1,000 and/or 180 days in jail.

• A fire extinguisher be readily available within reach and use when doing hot work such as welding, utilizing any farm equipment that could potentially cause a spark or cause a fire to occur.

• All must adhere to all evacuation orders issued by the County Emergency Management Coordinator, or the County Fire Marshal as per Section 418 of the Texas Government Code.

• This state of disaster shall continue for a period of not more than seven days from July 18 unless it is continued by consent of the Commissioners Court of the County of Kaufman.

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