State officials talk of recovery in Possum Kingdom Lake area

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by GARY REAVES

WFAA

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Updated Thursday, May 19 at 9:25 PM

Just five weeks after fires devastated 126,000 acres around Possum Kingdom Lake, signs of life are beginning to sprout, which is good news for landowners like Robert Curtis.

The fire came within 10 feet of Curtis' retirement home

"Two months ago, I had an idyllic piece for forested property," he said. "Now I've got Beirut."
 
He's one of more than 100 who Thursday packed the Palo Pinto County Extension Office for the first meeting with state officials, who explained what they could do to help with the recovery process for residents.
 
From Parks and Wildlife, they learned that the big game survives and most small animals will come back. From the Texas Forest Service, they learned that the fire leaves behind conditions tailor made for a comeback.
 
For Grace Jenkins, whose family lost its cabin and 160 acres where they used to hunt, it was nice to hear.

"We came here to collect information and hope and I am really very hopeful after hearing the gentleman say how this fire will produce more wildlife in the future," she said.
 
When the fires were raging, hope was in short supply, but it is making a comeback, much like will happen with the land and life that thrives in the area.
 

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