UPDATE: 12 houses destroyed in Upshur County; Harmony ISD classes cancelled
POSTED: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 5:41pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 11:05am
UPSHUR COUNTY — UPDATE: Officials are working this morning to extinguish hot spots after an Upshur County grass fire destroyed several homes.
Upshur County Fire Marshal Paul Steelman said Wednesday morning the fire burned between 320 and 350 acres.
The blaze began about 4 p.m. Tuesday along Texas 154 near FM 1002. the fire quickly spread into the Rain Tree Lake subdivision, Steelman said. The fire has destroyed about 12 homes in the area.
Officials ordered residents in the area to evacuate and are asking them to remain away from their homes while firefighters continue to work in the area.
Nearby Harmony ISD canceled classes for the day.
The Texas Forest Service has drawn a fire line, but Steelman said he is not yet calling the fire contained.
Steelman said wind was a major factor in the spread of the fire.
Several volunteer departments have assisted in battling the blaze.
Fire officials tell KETK, as of 7:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, the fire burning near Rain Tree Lake off of Hwy 154 west is 100% contained.
Still, residents are not able to return to the area and the road is still closed.
UPDATE: Officials with the Upshur County Fire Department tell KETK the fire is now fully contained. Roads are still closed at this hour around the area.
UPDATE: Harmony I.S.D. will not be having classes Wednesday, September 14. Officials also tell KETK that 14 structures have been destroyed in Upshur County.
Harmony school district is being evacuated.
At least two structures have been destroyed.
UPDATE: At least 2 structures have been damaged so far.
Upshur County officials tell KETK, evacuations are underway due to a wildfire.
They are for---- those who live on Private Road 3811.
Highway 154 west to FM 1002, North to FM 852.
Off Highway 154 West to FM 1002 South to FM 49.
And, the Rain Tree Lakes Edition off Highway 154 West.
KETK has a crew on the scene, and will bring you more information as it becomes available.