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Monday, September 19, 2011 - 10:14am

After several weeks of battling tens of thousands of acres of fast-moving wildfires, emergency officials said the majority of fires within the Northeast Texas Fire Complex have been listed as contained.

Multiple fires have scorched 53,570 acres of property since Labor Day weekend, including the Magnolia Complex Fire, which burned 4,800 acres; the Bear Creek Fire in Marion and Cass counties, which torched 40,963; the Dotson Fire in Cherokee County, which burned 1,784 acres; the Johnson Creek and Bowles Creek Bottom fires in Rusk County, which burned 795; the Rhonesboro Fire in Upshur County, which burned 305; and the Gethsemane Fire in Cass County, which burned 2,695 acres.

Over the weekend, Longview-Gregg County Emergency Operations Center officials issued a statement saying the Bear Creek, Dotson, Rhonesboro and Bowles Creek Bottom fires have been listed as 100 percent contained, and the Magnolia Complex Fire was listed as 90 percent contained, while the Gethsemane Fire was listed as 80 percent contained.

Fire officials said while the weather has moderated some, with temperatures dropping and wind gusts slowing, the conditions on the ground remain extreme with very low fuel moisture across East Texas.

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