2 homes, 1 barn lost in Tyler fire

TYLER, TX (KLTV/KTRE) - A large structure fire in the Morningside Drive neighborhood in Northwest Tyler prompted an evacuation of homes between Puckett and Loop 323.

The large plume of smoke rising above the city of Tyler could be seen all across town on Friday.

Firefighters say it was a very hot fire, one of the biggest they have seen in years.

On the ground, large flames engulfed two homes, a barn and a few cars.  One of the home owners drove up right in the middle of the disaster.

The 10 acre fire brought in several fire crews from around East Texas.  "The aerial observations looked like a real nasty monster when they first saw it."

A Red Flag warning is in effect for Anderson County and Houston County.

A Fire Weather watch is in effect for Anderson County, Cherokee County, Houston County, Nacogdoches County, Panola County, Polk County, Rusk County, San Jacinto County and Trinity County.

According to fire officials, the fire started at one house, then, jumped to another home, and then the land nearby, forcing firefighters to use every resource available.  They used three dozers in the woods, air helicopters dropped water overhead to stop the fire from spreading to other homes.  It took two hours of fighting before firefighters were able to call the fire 'contained,' and because of high winds firefighters kept an eye on the fire throughout the evening.

A Lake Wind advisory is in effect for Angelina County, Nacogdoches County, Panola County, Sabine County, San Augustine County, Shelby County and Sabine County.

A Wind advisory is in effect for Houston County, Polk County and San Jacinto County.

One firefighter from Friday's fire noted, "We are in the worst recorded fire season in the recorded history right not."

You can keep track of weather conditions at the Storm Tracker Weather Center at KTRE.com.

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