Lilbert, Alto-area fires contained

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Firefighters scurried to protect three different fires in East Texas on Friday, but managed to have them contained that evening.

The Alto-area fire was contained as of 8 p.m. Friday, with no structures burned, according to the Cherokee Sheriff's Office.

A gas well did blow up from the fire, according to a dispatcher with the office, but nobody is hurt.

The fire is still burning along County Road 2619. Firefighters with Alto, Rusk, Wells, Douglass, and the Texas Forest Service responded.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss said responders evacuated homes in the Lilbert community after a fire near the Angelina River Bottom Fire flared up. The fire, which covered about five acres, burned a barn. One resident had to be taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation.

It was contained Friday evening.

"It was a pretty close call, but everything is OK now," Kerss said.

He said he did not know if it was from the Angelina River Bottom Fire, which has been contained, or if it is a second fire.

"I know it's moving east and it's closer to Lilbert than it was previously," Kerss said.

Officials are blocking traffic on FM 343 at the intersection of County Road 1648.

A fire in Trinity County jumped containment lines Friday afternoon, but firefighters managed to contain it again in the evening, according to a dispatcher with the sheriff's office.

The fire burned about 15 acres, in addition to the 200 inside the containment line, according to Jeff Durant with the Texas Forest Service.

Durant said no evacuations are in place, but some structures are threatened on the southeast side of the fire.

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