Lightning strike hits Plano home; family of five saved by 14-year-old gamer who smelled smoke

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Lightning has struck a Plano home in Timber Brook tonight around 2 a.m. just east of Jupiter Road west of Cottonwood Creek, south of Chaparral Road and north of Oak Point Park.

A teenage gamer smelled smoke, woke of his mom and dad and two sisters. One of the parents is reported to be a Plano teacher.

Lightning destroyed the roof and other parts of the structure as flames spread around the house.

The fire is reported in the intersection of Bright Star Way and Cloverhaven Way in northeast Plano.

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Police – Fire Rescue square off in friendly competition in Battle of the Badges

Battle of the Badges begins July 4, 2017.

From Plano Police: It’s that time of year again. The annual Battle of the Badges blood drive begins on Tuesday, July 4th and runs through Sunday, July 9th. This is the friendly competition with our public safety partners at Plano Fire-Rescue in an effort to partner with you in collecting blood and saving lives.

We want to encourage everyone to come out and donate blood during that week. All donors, or potential donors who were unable to donate based on Carter Bloodcare restrictions, will receive a gift bag, free t-shirt and the chance to vote for police or police. Oh wait, I think I was supposed to say police or fire.

Regardless, we at the police and fire departments are honored to partner with Rotary in the worthwhile endeavor to help save lives. Attached to this post is the schedule that lists the dates, times and locations blood donations will be accepted toward this Battle of the Badges event.

Thanks for helping us help others in need.

– David Tilley, Plano Police

Thank you: Fire Rescue team saves lives in Plano TX after car lands in pond

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PLANO POLICE: “We want to give a shout out to our partners at Plano Fire-Rescue for saving the lives of two elderly citizens [June 17]. Firefighters jumped into a pond where a car was submersing and pulled two citizens to safety. The subjects were transported to the hospital but thanks to the quick action of these brave firefighters, they will be fine.

“Great job!

“Another reason Plano is the #CityOfExcellence.”

David Tilley, Plano Police Department

Plano TX – Fire, smoke will be rising from Arbor Hills Nature Preserve through March as part of prescribed burn

Starting Monday afternoon, Plano Fire-Rescue and the Plano Parks & Recreation Department will team up for a prescribed burn at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve. The burn will be carefully controlled by the Fire Department’s Wildland Firefighters.

FIRE ALERT – You may see a lot of smoke in the park. The burn will only be conducted under ideal weather conditions. If the weather changes today, the burn will be postponed.

The prescribed burns at the city’s Arbor Hills Nature Preserve will take place throughout February and March between noon and 6 p.m.

Kym Hughes, Superintendent of Natural Resources for the Plano Parks Department, said: “The burns are the most effective and efficient way to conserve the endangered blackland prairie ecosystem as the fire not only gets rid of accumulated thatch, it also helps reduce woody plant invasion, stimulates the growth of many native grasses and wildflowers, and exposes bare soil so the area can be successfully planted with prairie grass and prairie flower seeds. Prescribed fire will help to maintain the viability and health of the blackland prairie ecosystem in Arbor Hills.”

Arbor Hills Nature Preserve consists of three ecological areas:

Blackland prairie,
upland forests
and riparian zones.

Management of the Blackland prairie areas has consisted of large tractor mowing twice a year. This has resulted in a thick layer of thatch that reduces the amount of exposed soil necessary for prairie grass and flower seeds to germinate and perpetuate their species. It also allows invasive plant species to come in and take over the natural prairie ecosystems.

While benefitting the park property, Capt. Peggy Harrell of Plano Fire-Rescue stated that the burns in Plano will also provide real-life training opportunities for the city’s Wildland firefighters who have been trained in wildfire suppression meeting the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s standards.

The park will remain open to the public during the burns but the concrete trail on the west side of the nature preserve will be closed.

The burns will take place on a Monday through Friday schedule between noon and 6 p.m. to minimize the impact of the public’s use of the park.

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