Local fire departments respond to Taylor County blaze

August 10, 2011

Several Nolan County fire departments assisted in a wildfire south of Trent in Taylor County on Tuesday.

Several local fire departments assisted in a Taylor County fire on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 south of Trent.
Nolan County fire departments fighting the blaze included Sweetwater Fire Department, Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department, Nolan Volunteer Fire Department and Blackwell Volunteer Fire Department, along with several Taylor County fire departments and the Texas Forest Service providing a spotter plane and a task force. The Sweetwater Elks Lodge provided refreshments for the firefighters.
According to Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden, about 350 acres of land were burned in the blaze.
The official cause of the fire has not yet been determined.


The cost of helping your neighbor

August 10, 2011 by raiderfan (not verified), 4 years 3 weeks ago
Comment: 208

Don't get me wrong. I understand, when your neighbor is in trouble, you go and help. And kudus to the departments from Nolan county that responded to our neighbors in Taylor county. But of all the Nolan county departments that responded, only the city's is tax supported and that burden is borne by the tax payers of Sweetwater alone. The taxpayers of Sweetwater now need their neighbors to come to their aid. It's way past time for a county wide emergency services district that could tax county wide, wind turbines included, and fund all the departments in the county. The tax payers of Sweetwater spend over one million dollars a year to provide county wide protection. The local VFD's struggle to fund their departments. It's time to tap the tax base represented by the wind industry to fund vital services for Nolan County.

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