Angelina Co. fire officials urge caution after windy day - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Angelina Co. fire officials urge caution after wind kicks up brush fire

ZAVALLA, TX (KTRE) -

First responders are urging caution tonight after a brush fire in Zavalla Wednesday afternoon.

The fire started in a field off of North First Street. 

Authorities are trying to figure out what started the fire but at this time believe it was man-made.

"[It was] Hell," Zavalla firefighter Richard Brunk said. "The roads and houses were all covered with smoke. We had a couple of structures in danger in the back."

Residents say the fire got very close.

"The fire was all the way out to the road and the black top," resident Kathy French said.

Around 3:30 p.m. authorities say a small fire started but grew to three acres in a matter of minutes.

"As high as the wind was today it took off quick," Angelina Couth Sgt. Chris Wade said.

At one point evacuations were considered with firefighters afraid nearby homes would be the next thing to go up in flames.

"We got real luck, with the winds as high as they are out here we could have lost a lot more," Brunk said.

Residents watching the fire move understood why first responders were so worried.

"I thought the wind was going to turn and I thought it was going back here and we had burn barrels so we went ahead and shut them down," resident Robert French said.

Despite the recent rain, today's fire proves how serious conditions are right now.

"That fire goes across the top stuff and the bottom stays wet, so it doesn't take much to spread quickly," Brunk said.

Authorities say even a small heat source can lead to a major fire.

The Texas A&M Forest service says there was a moderate risk of fire danger in Angelina County on Wednesday and that their crews are monitoring the situation daily.

Copyright 2014 KTRE. All rights reserved.

  • East Texas NewsMore>>

  • Etoile residents say storm left behind a path of destruction

    Etoile residents say storm left behind a path of destruction

    Saturday, March 25 2017 6:51 PM EDT2017-03-25 22:51:51 GMT

    Residents on Lake Sam Rayburn at the Shirley Creek Marina experienced over-night storm damages on Saturday. Following destructive winds, homes by the edge of the lake were some of the hardest hit in the area.

    More >>

    Residents on Lake Sam Rayburn at the Shirley Creek Marina experienced over-night storm damages on Saturday. Following destructive winds, homes by the edge of the lake were some of the hardest hit in the area.

    More >>
  • Shelby County Sheriff's Office: Missing juvenile from Louisiana turns herself in

    Shelby County Sheriff's Office: Missing juvenile from Louisiana turns herself in

    Saturday, March 25 2017 4:54 PM EDT2017-03-25 20:54:53 GMT
    (Source: Missingkids.org)(Source: Missingkids.org)

    A female juvenile who has been missing from Shreveport, LA since Dec.19, 2016, turned herself into the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Saturday morning.  According to Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, around 10:47 a.m. Natalyia Theresa Rogers entered the SCSO and spoke with Deputy Peter Davis. Rogers told Davis that she had been staying in Center with Samantha Nix. Rogers said that she turned herself in because she was in need of medications and was starting to harm herse...

    More >>

    A female juvenile who has been missing from Shreveport, LA since Dec.19, 2016, turned herself into the Shelby County Sheriff's Office Saturday morning.  According to Shelby County Sheriff Willis Blackwell, around 10:47 a.m. Natalyia Theresa Rogers entered the SCSO and spoke with Deputy Peter Davis. Rogers told Davis that she had been staying in Center with Samantha Nix. Rogers said that she turned herself in because she was in need of medications and was starting to harm herse...

    More >>
  • Nacogdoches Girl Scout troop striving to sell cookie surplus

    Nacogdoches Girl Scout troop striving to sell cookie surplus

    Friday, March 24 2017 7:33 PM EDT2017-03-24 23:33:58 GMT

    A mathematical error, or cookie catastrophe, by a Nacogdoches Girl Scout troop cookie manager led to a very costly mistake.

    More >>

    A mathematical error, or cookie catastrophe, by a Nacogdoches Girl Scout troop cookie manager led to a very costly mistake.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly