Wildfires on the rise in Northeast Texas
From Staff Reports

Aug. 16, 2006 -- Wildfire activity is increasing in North Texas according to the Texas Forest Service, obviously thanks to the high temperatures, low humidity and lack of rain.

The forest service reported this morning that firefighters in nearby counties have been battling some serious wildfires.

One fire, named "Kanawha Fire 2" near the Lamar/Red River county line has burned 70 acres. Six homes and Fish Creek Camp were threatened and the people in those places were evacuated. Volunteer firefighters are being supplemented by five bulldozers, one fire engine and a helicopter from Texas Forest Service, but the fire has yet to be contained.

In Camp County, the "Fern Lake Fire" has burned 180 acres, and a dozen structures were threatened by the fire Tuesday.  Firefighters are having difficulty putting out the flames because of fire jumping across containment lines. The Texas Forest Service is helping with an "air attack" and two bulldozers to aid volunteer fire departments.

A third fire has burned 40 acres near Fairlie in Hunt County, northeast of Greenville. The fire threatened six homes but is 75 percent contained.

No injuries have been reported. The cause of each of these fires is still under investigation.

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