UPDATE: 250 acres burned in Smith County fire
SMITH COUNTY — A Smith County Fire Marshal spokesman says the latest estimate of acres burned is 250.
Helicopters are currently monitoring the situation from above, and plows are being brought in to create a wider plow line.
Officials say the fire began when a well head overheated and exploded.
Resident have been allowed to return to their home. The evacuation was lifted last night at 9 p.m.
Firefighters continue to put out hot spots in the woods.
Officials with the Texas Forest Service tell KETK, as of 7:30 Wednesday morning the fire east of Tyler in Smith County is not quite 100% contained.
Authorities will be on scene all day Wednesday to make sure the high winds don't increase the intensity of the remaining fire.
The Texas Forest Service will have one helicopter out this morning, and hope to have it fully contained by this afternoon.
KETK will continue to update this story as details come in.
Officials with the Texas Forest Service tell KETK, at this time 95% of the fire is contained.
This comes after fire crews evacuated parts of the county and blocked off several roads late this afternoon.
The fire happened on county roads 235, 26, and 2305...which is east of Tyler.
East Texan Veronica Faulk was doing the dishes on Tuesday when she noticed the water pressure wasn't quite what it usually is.
That's because firefighters were using it to fight a 250 acre wildfire practically in her own backyard.
She frantically tried to save her pets.
"They didn't want to get the pets, they said that they were interested in saving lives right now which I understand, but I couldn't leave my animals, I don't have kids, they are my kids," Faulk said.
So she put her smaller dog in a kennel, the bigger one on a leash and started walking them down the road to safety.
"I just got too hot and couldn't go very fast and one of the fire trucks stopped and asked if I wanted help and my husband was up here trying to get someone to come get me and they did finally come get me," Faulk said.
Sergio Gomez was evacuated too -- but he took matters into his own hands.
"I jumped the fence to get some of my stuff out of my house...like titles to the truck and house and paperwork...little bit of clothes for tomorrow," Gomez said.
KETK was first on scene Tuesday for what started as a small grass fire.
KETK photographer Josh Bettes caught a mobile home on tape being consumed by the flames - before even the firefighters arrived on scene.
For Faulk, her husband, and her animals, they were playing the waiting game.
Worried their home may be lost.
"Yeah...I definitely don't want to stand here and watch it burn to the ground, but there's nothing anybody can do...everybody that can do something is doing something," Faulk said.
The Texas Forest Service tells KETK, 10 volunteer fire departments worked today's fire as well as choppers dropping water.
No injuries were reported.
The 2 homes lost...were unoccupied.