10-acre fire near Southwood Drive in Lufkin 100% contained

10-acre fire near Southwood Drive in Lufkin 100% contained
Published: Aug. 9, 2022 at 12:13 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 9, 2022 at 10:42 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - The Lufkin Fire Department battled a ten-acre “brushy tree line” fire following a report of smoke, beginning at 8 a.m. Tuesday. As of 3 p.m., this fire has been 100 percent contained, according to Texas A&M Forest Service.

Property owner Mark Gibson, says he spotted the smoke early this morning.

“This morning, I got up around 6:30 and there was still fog down at the bottom from the rain yesterday which isn’t unusual. And around 9 I was going to take care of all of our animals and looked out and saw what looked like a line of steam but back where I know there’s no water in the woods back there and was like that’s smoke” Gibson said.

The Lufkin Fire Department battled a nine-acre “brushy tree line” fire following a report of smoke, beginning at 8 a.m. As of 3 p.m., this fire has been 100 per

The fire was on a large tract of private property west of Southwood near Hoshall Drive, so there was no threat to homes or structures according to City of Lufkin Spokeswoman Jessica Pebsworth.

Lufkin Fire Department responded to the fire with 22 personnel including three chiefs, three engines, two brush trucks, one fire UTV, and three support staff.

The City’s Street Department and Texas Forest Service also responded to the scene with bulldozers to construct containment lines. Lufkin Police Department assisted as well with a drone for aerial monitoring.

“We have a fire line around the entire fire, but it is contained right now, but sometime that changes with the wind and the conditions,” Fire Chief Jesse Moody said.

The cause of the fire is thought to be lightning.

“Though we don’t know exactly how this fire started, we have had reports of heavy lightening in the area from yesterday evening’s storms,” Pebsworth said. “Again, we ask that this incident be a reminder of the current fire danger. Angelina County and the City of Lufkin remain under a burn ban.”

As of 1 p.m., Texas A&M Forest Service reported the fire was 70 percent contained.

A report of smoke was made at 8 a.m.
A report of smoke was made at 8 a.m.(City of Lufkin)
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