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Massive "Bearing" Fire continues burning

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TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Firefighters are still having trouble controlling the largest fire in East Texas history.

The 20,22-acre "Bearing" Wildfire has been burning inside the containment lines, but Monday the fire escaped the lines creating new, small fires.

Fire officials said all of the new fires have been contained, but inside the massive blaze, land continues to burn.

The fire has been 100 percent contained, but crews are still working to get it under control.

Fire crews say pine needles falling off dead, burned trees are creating a new fuel source for the fire to re-ignite in the current hot, dry conditions.

"Just a few feet in to the flanks of this "Bearing" Fire the pine needles have already fallen off the trees and hardwood leaves to the extent that there's almost a continuous fuel along the forest floor and this is probably enough fuel to carry a fire, certainly not with any intensity, but enough to spread and perhaps lead to unburned fuels and then you're off to the race again," said Dennis McCarthy, a Texas Forest Service spokesperson.

Fire season has just begun and already the Texas Forest Service has tapped into all their resources.

More than 1,000 fire officials have arrived in Texas from other states to help combat blazes across the state.

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