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The Feds Shove Volunteer Firefighters Aside in Texas Wildfire Fight

BASTROP — Firefighting-trained volunteers from around the state converged on Bastrop and Smithville Tuesday to lend a hand to the beleaguered local firefighters battling the Bastrop County Complex Fire — only to be sent away as federal officials arrived at the scene and took command, apparently because local officials never made a formal request for volunteers. “We were at the station getting set up into strike teams, and this guy came up and said that the U.S. Forest Service had ‘assumed control of the situation, and that ‘If you don’t have a vehicle that squirts water, go home,’” said Gordon Greer of Kirbyville, who drove all night Monday to arrive in the town beset by the worst wildfire in Texas history. “You’ve got guys who had driven all night long from Corpus Christi and Brownsville on their own dime, and they turned them away. He was really a (bleep) about it. “There was a whole line of beige cars that came in this morning, tinted windows and such,” Greer said. A spokesperson with the U.S. National Interagency Incident Center, Jennifer Jones, confirmed that federal group of several different agencies would be assuming command in Bastrop County around 1 p.m. Tuesday, but had not done so when the firefighting volunteers were told to leave. April Saginor with the Texas Forest Service said her agency had not given any such order, to her knowledge, but promised to provide an update later in the day. The question is apparently one of protocol, however.

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Comment by Joe Tittiger
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Didn't Texas sheriffs learn a damn thing from Waco?  Why did they not send the Feds "help" packing back to the District of Criminals? Dumb ass Texas sheriffs.

Comment by Darna Davies
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Slaves are not allowed to do anything without their masters permission. if master says 'let it burn' then the slave is expected to 'stand down'. Texans appear to be good slaves and are bowing before their master. Master steps in and says he is taking over and texans stand and watch their homes burn because 'master says to'. 


This is a is only a test...will the citizen slave stand down and do what they are told? are they conditioned enough to obey? why, yes they are!! Never mind the fact that Fema is an organized crime mob, like the rest of the 'federal family'. A free man is not obligated to obey but then Texans are proving they are not free. They have the mentality of slaves. They stepped aside for the ''betters''. They do what they are told even if its wrong. Watch how many homes go up in smoke now that their slave overseers have arrived!! I am sorry to say they will get what they deserve for their obedience  to their 'federal family' mob.

Comment by Roger Davies
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 Names, dates, comments! They need to be fired, one way or the other. This is so over the top stupid....

Comment by Powell Gammill
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Wow.  Next time I hear that bullshit about Texas sovereignty gets spouted I'm gonna laugh. 

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