POSTED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 6:59am
UPDATED: Monday, September 12, 2011 - 12:21pm
ALTO, Texas — Officials of the Texas Forest Service tell KETK that now 1,800 acres have burned in this fire. It started Sunday and was reportedly caused by a truck that had stopped near a deer feeder.
Officials re-opened Hwy 294 at noon Monday but the fire continues uncontained. A command hub has been established in Alto. KETK staff report several bulldozers have been brought in to battle the blaze. Firemen there report flames as high as 100 feet.
Officials tell the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, at least 300 acres have burned outside of Alto, and the blaze is said to have started from a car fire.
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As of 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning, Hwy 294 near Alto is still closed due to wildfire.
Cherokee County Sheriff officials tell KETK, the fire is not yet contained. No word yet on the number of acres involved or what sparked the fire.
A fire near Hwy 294 and FM 742 about six miles out of Alto.
Officials tell KETK a resident on that road pulled over to check on his deer lease when his truck caught on fire, catching the surrounding grass on fire as well.
Residents living along Hwy 294 west of Alto and Hwy 21 west are being told by officials they should leave the area if they feel they are in danger but no mandatory evacuations have been issued at this time.
This fire is not contained.