Update: Wildfire on 103 East grows to 120 acres

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - Texas Forest Service officials say the wildfire burning east of Lufkin has grown to 120 acres.  The fire is threatening 11 structures in the area around 103 East, Old Ewing Road and F.M. 326.  Highway 103 just re-opened to traffic.

The fire is burning on the south side of highway 103 in a pine plantation.  Officials say it never jumped highway 103. An additional 5-acre fire that officials believe is separate from the big fire is burning on the north side of highway 103 east.

Karen Stafford with the TFS, who is fighting the blaze along with eight other volunteer fire departments, reports a fire fighter with the Moffett VFD has been transported to a Lufkin hospital for smoke inhalation.  She believes he is doing ok.

She says they have brought in a helicopter that is dumping water at the site.  They are also calling in more assistance from Nacogdoches.

Stafford says it may take at least a couple of days before the fire is completely out.  However, the fire is now contained.

The fire was first reported to the TFS around 11:44 am Sunday.  Stafford says the conditions are such to make this the worst fire day in the history of Texas.

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