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Texas A&M Forest Service: wildfire in Houston and Walker counties 100 percent contained


After battling the Bo Brown Road wildfire in Houston and Walker counties for two days, Texas A&M Forest Service and local volunteer firefighters have the blaze "100 percent contained."

"It's 100 percent contained, and all of the fire crews have been released," said Jan Amen, a fire prevention officer with the Texas A&M Forest Service. No homes were lost in the blaze.

Amen said that according to their GPS mapping, the wildfire burned 570 acres. Although the fire was 95 percent contained Wednesday afternoon, the Forest Service spokesperson said that fire crews spent the rest of the day and Thursday making sure that their fire lines were secure.

Initially high winds and the dry conditions made things more difficult for fire crews. Amen said. When firefighters were dispatched to the wild fire Tuesday morning, it only covered 35 to 40 acres. By 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, the blaze had spread to encompass 200 acres, and by the afternoon it was closer to the 570-acre final tally.

The fire, which was located near Trinity, started in Walker County. Amen said the Bo Brown Road fire started in a15-year plantation of pine trees and spread to a 10-year plantation. Butch Davis, the emergency management coordinator for Houston County, said that the wind kept changing directions early on in the firefighting effort, causing the wildfire to jump containment lines several times.

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