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Wind advisory issued for county - Three fires rip through 50 acres Sunday

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County firefighters were kept busy Sunday responding to three fires which consumed an estimated 50 acres of land. Available firefighters from nearby counties were contacted for mutual aid as Texas Forest Service apparatus and personnel were already committed at fires in another nearby county. With the National Weather Service issuing a wind advisory for the area, including Hopkins County, through 8 p.m. Monday, local residents should take the projections of winds from 15-45 miles per hour through the night into consideration when planning outdoor activities, especially burning or boating, as well as driving.

It took Hopkins County, Pickton-Pine Forest, Como and Winnsboro firefighters about 2/12 hours to extinguish a large pasture fire on State Highway 11 east in Pickton Sunday.

While crews were still out working that blaze, a small grass fire was  reported on County Road 2431. For 2 1/2 hours, Arbala, Como, Hopkins County and Pickton-Pine Forest firefighters battled the blaze, which quickly spread to the surrounding area.

About the time that blaze was extinguished, another fire was called in on County Road 1175. Hopkins County, Arbala, Brinker an Como firefighters were dispatched. Firemen battled the blaze, started with the illegal burning of tires which spread into a wooded area, from 5:35 p.m. to 8:02 p.m. to get the fire out. Hopkins County and Arbala firefighters were sent back to the location at 9 p.m. to reports the blaze had rekindled.

Hopkins County remains in the “moderate” range on the fire danger index, which according to Texas Forest Service data, means fires can start from most causes and those in open cured grasslands will burn briskly and spread rapidly on windy days – like Monday.

Consequently, the NWS urges people to be aware wind gusts may make driving difficult, particularly for high profile vehicles; boaters should use extra caution if venturing on lakes; light weight lawn items should be secured to prevent them from blowing away; and when possible, outdoor burning should be avoided, especially in areas where it could quickly spread.

 

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