Nacogdoches area fire getting under control, evacuations still in place
Nacogdoches, TX — A fire that started in the vicinity of FM 343 and CR 839 Monday afternoon is believed to have been ignited when a truck caught fire, according to local authorities.
About 10 acres and an out structure at Caney Creek Moulding at the intersection of FM 343 and CR 839 were consumed by fire, but firefighters' quick response kept homes from being destroyed, according to County Sheriff Thomas Kerss.
As of Tuesday morning, firefighters appear to be getting the fire on CR 839 under control. But as Sheriff Thomas Kerss said, "that could change at a moment's notice." Very few houses had to be evacuated. They haven't been allowed to return home yet, just as a precaution.
As of about 6 p.m., the fire was about 60 percent contained, and local volunteer firefighters along with Texas Forest Service officials were mopping up hot spots, according to Porter Stanaland, county emergency management coordinator.
From the fire scene at about 6 p.m., Kerss said firefighters and Forest Service bulldozers were working on containment lines.
"But it's starting to shape up, and it's looking like they're about to get a handle on it," the sheriff said. "But, unfortunately, as we all know, that can change at a moment's notice."
The fire burned into a field with young pine saplings and into a forested area.
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