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Texas A&M Forest Service making progress on 350-acre wildfire near Nacogdoches

The Texas A&M Forest Service worked to put out a 350 Acre blaze in Nacogdoches
Published: Jan. 7, 2022 at 5:11 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 7, 2022 at 9:46 PM CST
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Fire crews are making progress to contain a large wildfire burning in southern Nacogdoches County. Friday morning, the Texas A&M Forest Service had containment of the ‘Beaver Pond Fire’ at 40 percent after more than 12 hours of efforts.

Fire crews from the Texas A&M Forest Service have put out a call for assistance in fighting a...
Fire crews from the Texas A&M Forest Service have put out a call for assistance in fighting a large wildfire in Nacogdoches County.(KTRE staff)

Thursday night, the agency responded to a call for assistance with fires burning on about 100 acres of land, about 5 miles south of the city of Nacogdoches, near U.S. Highway 59 and County Road 525. Around 9 p.m., the Forest Service reported zero containment of what’s since been named the ‘Beaver Pond Fire.’

The Texas A&M Forest Service is using bulldozers to help with containment of the 'Beaver Pond...
The Texas A&M Forest Service is using bulldozers to help with containment of the 'Beaver Pond Fire' in Nacogdoches County.(National Wildfire Coordinating Group)

By 4:30 a.m. Friday, the fire had spread to 350-acres, with 40 percent contained.

“Fire activity died down allowing firefighters to make good progress overnight,” according to the Forest Service.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has brought in at least three bulldozers to help with containment and creating fire lines. Crews returned to the scene around 9 a.m. to “mop-up.”

“No homes or structures have been lost, and there are currently no homes or structures threatened,” a spokesperson stated.

The cause of the fire is under investigation, however, the area has experienced a period of very dry conditions.

In its Thursday update, the U.S. Drought Monitor listed most of Nacogdoches County under a ‘Severe Drought,’ with the rest of the region classified under either ‘Severe’ or ‘Moderate’ conditions.

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