Trinity County fire burns 120 acres

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

TRINITY COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - One-hundred and twenty acres of charred earth.

"Within about 10 minutes, 10 to 15 minutes, it had this whole frontage road on fire and blazing about 40 foot up in the air," resident John Pope said.

"Crazy, everybody was just going crazy last night," Pamela Pope said. "I was filling up all of the ice chest, my little one was on top of the house watering the house down, and the yard down and everything. Everybody was grabbing shovels, and rakes, and whatever they could get their hands on last night."

Fire officials believe the low relative humidity allowed an old burn to re-ignite in Trinity County.

"Fire picked up, jumped the lines and it started to come back this way and come back through some of the neighborhoods in Trinity back here," said Dean Fernandez of the bureau of land management.

Authorities urged 25 homes to evacuate Thursday night, but Pope refused.

"I decided to stay because for one reason is if I did leave an my house burnt down, I can only blame myself for not being out here to try to stop it and doing my part," Pope said.

"I took all the pictures off the wall, I told all the kids to get at least a bag of clothes together," Pamela Pope said. "I threw it all in the back of the truck and loaded it up to the camper."

The fire has been contained and those that left were allowed back in their homes.

Fernandez says the conditions were ripe for a wildfire.

"With the wind that we had yesterday anywhere from 15 to 20 miles an hour moved it through the trees pretty quick," Fernandez said.

The Texas Forest Service says they will have a plane in the air surveying the area and they'll also be monitoring it from the ground, but residents should be watching for falling trees."

But, residents and firefighters aren't out of the woods yet, dry air means the threat is still there.

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