El Cenizo Crews Still on Alert
Fire crews in El Cenizo are still out patrolling the area recently burned by a wildfire that got out of control. The fire began Monday in Mexico and quickly spread to El Cenizo, burning seven homes and a wide area in the small town. Mayor Raul Reyes says crews are still keeping an eye on a few hot spots, still smoking days after the initial fire. He says the threat of another fire re-igniting is very slim, but crews remain on alert. A town hall meeting is also scheduled for tomorrow evening at 6, to further discuss the rebuilding process. Grants for new fire equipment are also on the list of items to be discussed. The meeting will begin at 6 in the El Cenizo city council chambers.
Meanwhile, Webb County Judge Danny Valdez has signed a declaration proclaiming El Cenizo as a disaster area. That means the city could be eligible for assistance from federal and state grants. One of those grants is the Texas Home Program, which could provide as much as $500,000 in assistance to affected residents and businesses. A letter has also been sent to Gov. Rick Perry asking for aid.