Wildfires Hit Near The High Frontier Residential Treatment Center Area
The following is a brief letter from Barry Blevins, Executive Director of The High Frontier concerning the wildfires that swept through Fort Davis, TX this past weekend, and the evacuation of staff and students from The High Frontier.
- (1888PressRelease) April 16, 2011 - Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Families,
As many of you may have heard, wildfires have been occurring in West Texas. Sadly, these fires have affected the Fort Davis area and on Saturday evening, we were forced to evacuate our staff and students from The High Frontier. Fortunately, due to some hard work of firefighters, none of our important buildings were damaged. While we lost one small structure, we are very grateful that all of our staff, students, animals, and main buildings are intact.
Our students were evacuated to a local church in Alpine, Texas, which graciously opened up its doors for us. The support of the town has been amazing and the camaraderie of our students has shined. Although we were fortunate, many people in Fort Davis were not; upwards of 50 structures have reportedly been lost in this fire, as well as many livestock. Some of our employees' families lost their homes, and efforts are being made to restore water and power to the area.
At the present time, all families have been notified and students are staying in touch. It is our hope to have power and water restored to The High Frontier within the next 24 - 36 hours, and have the students back on campus Tuesday, and back to their regular academic and therapeutic routine Wednesday. Although telephone service for landlines is out and cell service is somewhat compromised, we will do everything in our power to keep people informed.
Thank you for all the support. Please keep those that suffered losses in your thoughts.
The High Frontier is a non-profit Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed adolescents, ages 12 to 18, with a documented history of severe behavioral and/or emotional problems who cannot be served in a less restrictive environment. For more information, contact Barry Blevins, at 432-364-2241or visit their website at www.thehighfrontier.org.
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