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Arson Wildfire Suppressed In Park

Big Thicket National Preserve

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Rangers and fire management staff responded to a wildland fire that had been spotted and reported by a Texas Forest Service detection aircraft early on the afternoon of April 14th. The fire was burning in the preserve‚Äôs Neches Bottom and Jack Gore Baygall Unit and on adjacent private land. Three separate fires were discovered at the scene, along with a vandalized and burned boat and a vandalized bear resistant trash can. The fires were contained by late afternoon; the total combined size for the fires was 2.1 acres. Texas Forest Service and local fire departments have responded to numerous arson fires in the area in the last three weeks, with Big Thicket staff assisting them on a 1700-acre arson fire near the preserve approximately two weeks ago. Information relating to this incident has been received from neighbors in the area and is being investigated by rangers.  No suspects have been identified at this time.



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