Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 27, 2015

8-19 PS wreck

By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
PAYNE SPRINGS–The bridge between Gun Barrel and Payne Springs was closed for two hours while first responders worked to cut a woman out of her vehicle near the entrance of the Baywood Subdivision on State Higheway 198 on Aug. 19.
A helicopter touched down own the pavement ready to wisk her away to the trauma center in Tyler, but stood by so long, that bystanders reported it shutting down its engines.
Though reports that the lone woman driver of the black 2001 Chevy Blazer was in stable condition Monday and likely to be released from the hospital by early next week, at the time witnesses feared the worst.
Joan Simmons, 75, of Payne Springs rearended a high-riding flatbed delivery truck belonging to Groom & Sons, wedging herself under the truck.
The incident occurred shortly before 3 p.m. and a business owner at the scene called it into 9-1-1 at 2:58 p.m. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
Both vehicles were southbound and had cleared the lengthy bridge when the truck driver slowed to turn right into the Baywood Subdivision Assistant Police Chief Dan Huckabee reported. That’s when Simmons who was behind the truck failed to slow down and collided into and under the flatbed.
The woman was airlifted to the ETMC-Tyler Trauma Center and traffic flow resumed shortly after 5 p.m. The driver was reported in stable condition.



Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 16, 2015

8-11 Hidden Hill Harbor housefire copy

Monitor Staff Reports
KAUFMAN COUNTY–Fire departments from Mabank and Kemp were called in to provide water tanker and pumper trucks to assist in a house fire late Wednesday to a home on the east end of Kaufman County on CR 111A, in the Rand area.
A home was fully engulfed in flames when the Kaufman Fire Department arrived on the scene shortly after 9:30 p.m. The house and an attached garage were completely destroyed.
The Monitor has learned the home belonged to former Kmep resident Jeremy Thompson, who was away with his family on vacation at the time of the blaze.
One firefighter was treated by emergency medical services for an unknown illness, possibly heat related, reported.
The Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.
The Trinidad Fire Department responded to an early morning fire Tuesday in Hidden Hills Harbor on Lynn Creek Drive. The homeowner was not at home at the time of the fire.




Posted by : Monitor Admin | On : August 13, 2015

Brush fire 8-7

Brush fire 8-7 SH 198
By David Webb
Monitor Correspondent
KAUFMAN–The Kaufman County Commissioners’ Court ordered a burn ban Monday, Aug. 10, to remain in effect for 90 days.
Kaufman County Fire Marshal Randy Richards recommended the ban, advising court officials the county would soon be in a severe drought. The Keetch-Bryram Drought Index increased over the past 10 days from a 541 to 638 average. It is expected to reach 716 in coming days as 100-plus degree heat conditions continue.
The benchmark on the Index for enacting a burn ban is 575. Several other counties, including Navarro, Henderson, Ellis and Van Zandt also instituted a burn ban this week.
The burn ban will be enforced in the unincorporated areas of Kaufman County.
Henderson Commissioners set a 28-day burn ban on Tuesday. Cedar Creek Lake area cities are likely to also order bans on open fires.
The Kaufman Commissioners Court issued the burn ban on the hottest day so far in the 2015 summer (Monday) with the temperature reaching 105 degrees in East Texas. Weather forecasters said the heat index reached 110 degrees, prompting a heat advisory across all of East Texas. They said a “cold front” would arrive the next day (Tuesday), bringing a slight chance of showers and storms and an anticipated reduction of heat to the upper 90s.
Richards said area fire departments had already responded to about 25 grass fires during the past couple of weeks. In dry conditions, fires easily erupt from friction on roadways, tossed cigarettes and open fires from outdoor cooking and burning rubbish.
Summer grass fires strain the resources of local fire departments that are mostly made up of volunteers.
Some burning, such as those related to the crop production are exempt, but they must be reported in advance to the Kaufman County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Unauthorized burning is a Class C Misdemeanor that is punishable by up to a $500 fine.
The burn ban could be lifted earlier than 90 days if conditions improve, and it could also be extended if the heat and dry weather warrant it.