Tyler/Hardin County fire still blazes; Snakes now big problem for fire-fighters

TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - The Texas Forest Service says there's a new concern for fire-fighters: snakes. They're searching for water in their burning habitat which is the massive fire burning on the Tyler and Hardin County line.

The fire now covers about 7,100 acres around the Big Thicket area.  It has been burning since last Saturday.  According to Melanie Spradling with TFS, fire-fighters have to constantly watch their feet and legs for snakes.  She says they're seeing about 35 snakes a day.

Fire officials believe a oil well flare caused the ongoing blaze.

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