Angelina County homes spared in 103 East fire

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Firefighters have managed to save 11 homes that were threatened Sunday in a forest fire in the eastern part of Angelina County.

The fire spread to 120 acres on Sunday, but on Monday, forest officials say the homes were saved.

The fire is still burning in a pine plantation seven miles east of Lufkin. Officials had closed State Highway 103 East while trying to contain the fire, but reopened it Sunday evening.

Karen Stafford with the Texas Forest Service said the fire is not yet considered to be controlled, but it is 100 percent contained.

"The hot spots would be stump holes, that are still smoldering, major trees down that are still smoldering and flaming," Stafford said. "With situations like that, if you have increased winds again it could potentially spark back up and start another fire."

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