Grass fire rekindles in Archer County, crews ask for volunteers & donations

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“In 47 years, I don’t remember a fire like yesterday, where we had two major fires at the same time, separated by maybe two, three or four miles,” said Archer City Volunteer Firefighter Jim Crowley.
It was a very busy Sunday for firefighters. In total, Crowley and more than 10 area crews were fighting four fires, which burned more than 3,000 acres.

Crowley explained rain did help to put out the fires; but what came with it caused problems.

“And then, thunderstorms set another fire over here and then another cell set another fire on Coleman road. This time of year, when we have thunderstorms, we hold our breath because we know we may have a lightning fire,” Crowley stated.

The cause of the two other fires is unknown right now.

KFDX arrived to the scene as one of those grass fires rekindled Monday morning. And less than two hours later, the fire grew larger and quickly. So much so, we had to move back within a matter of seconds, showing just how unpredictable fire can be.

Like many volunteer departments, Lake Kickapoo Fire Chief James Mellard said they’re doing their best; but a small crew can only do so much.

“[I] wish we had more guys. [I] wish we had more young guys and young women too,” Mellard explained.

Cheryl Heflin has been with Lake Kickapoo since 1999 and pointed out there’s one reason why she signed up.

“Because our communities need it desperately.”

Heflin said if you aren’t brave enough to jump on a truck, there are other ways people can help.

“Stop and bring us sandwiches or helping with our fundraisers,” Heflin said. “We need volunteers in our area.”
Because most volunteer fire departments depend on grants and donations to keep the doors open, they could sure use your help as they continue to battle these fires.

Below, you will find a list of volunteer fire departments where you can drop off water, Gatorade or snacks!

And as always, KFDX thanks them for all that they do for the community!

Lake Kickapoo VFD
12442 FM 368 South
Holliday, TX 76366

Henrietta VFD
916 W. Spring St.
Henrietta, TX 76365

Joy VFD 
910 FM 173
Henrietta, TX 76365

Ringgold VFD
17810 N US Hwy 81
Ringgold, TX 76261

Nocona Rural VFD, Inc.
P.O. Box 55
Nocona, TX 76255

Bellevue VFD
513 Franklin St
Bellevue, TX 76228

Vashti VFD
1194 Sandy Ln.
Bellevue, TX 76228

Bluegrove VFD
P.O. BOX 214
Bluegrove, TX 76352

Lake Arrowhead VFD
P.O. BOX 2511
Wichita Falls, TX 76307

Bowman VFD
15974 FM 1954
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Scotland VFD
370 Ave J.
Scotland, TX 76379

Archer VFD
P.O. Box 367
Archer City, TX 76351

Jack County Rural Fire Dept
P.O. Box 150
Jacksboro, TX 76458

Petrolia VFD
P.O. Box 39
Petrolia, TX 76377 or call 940-631-9247

Jolly VFD
110 Milton
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Friberg-Cooper VFD 
291 Bailey Rd,
Cashion Community, TX 76305

Iowa Park VFD
104 E. Highway 
Iowa Park, TX 76367

Arrowhead Ranch Estates VFD
22471 FM 2393, 
Wichita Falls, TX 76310

Loving VFD
P.O. Box 114 
Loving, TX 76460

Wichita East VFD
P.O. Box 4374
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

Lakeside City VFD
43 Donna Street, 
Wichita Falls, TX 76308

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