Hidalgo County Fire Forces Evacuations

POSTED: Friday, March 6, 2009 - 11:19pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm

A late afternoon fire near San Manuel off Highway 281 forced evacuations, and kept fire crews busy since this afternoon.
At this hour, officials say the wildfire is 60 percent contained.
Fast-moving flames left residents living on US-281 and Floral Road, with no choice but to get out.
"They come to the door, and they asked us to evacuate so we did."
150 winter texans, living at the Lazy Palms RV park were forced to evacuate because of a wildfire.
"The fire was over here, so it started coming toward us, so we just left, and here we are."
Diana Marcotte along with other Lazy Palms residents waited patiently as fire crews battled the one thousand acre fire.
"Well I have to turn to go into Lazy Palms, I turned on my left blinker, and the Sheriff man, told, me no, no, no."
With evacuations and road closures these winter texans watched from the sidelines.
As two helicopters, attacked by air, on the ground, Hidaldgo County's Emergency Management crews mapped out their plan of attack.
"We were pretty fast about getting out here today and fighting the fire."
Hidalgo County's Public Information Officer, Cari Lambrecht says with the fire now under control, she has good news for those living at Lazy Palms.
"We've allowed the people of lazy palms rv park to go back to their homes," she says.
A home, which Diana Marcotte says she's grateful she can go back to.
And through it all, she kept a positive out-look.
"This is part of life, you take it as it comes," she says.
Over two dozen agencies put out the fire.
At this time, they believe one home was lost, and two sheds were destroyed.

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