Update: Texas Forest Service says Tyler/Hardin County fire now 7000 acres

Published: Apr. 17, 2011 at 4:07 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 18, 2011 at 12:19 AM CDT
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TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - (KTRE) - Texas Forest Service officials say the fire danger in East Texas should peak Sunday.  That's as thousands of acres are already covered by wildfires.

Near the Tyler County and Hardin County lines, a forest fire is now burning over 5,500 acres, and has been elevated to a Type 2.  It is the second highest classification for fires based on size and complexity.

"Thirty homes that have been evacuated and with that there's probably more out-buildings at risk also. That and people are always the firefighters main concern," said Melanie Spradling, TX Forest Service.

According to Karen Stafford with T.F.S. one vehicle and one travel trailer have been destroyed. Three Black Hawk Helicopters , along with dozers, and fire-fighters are working to contain this fire.

"We're going to have a deck gun on one of the tankers and we're going to hook the other tanker up to it and be six thousand gallons of water. We're going to try to shoot the fire in the woods before it gets to us," said Kevin Reeves with Silsbee Volunteer Fire Department.

TxDot is bringing in water as long as fire-fighters request it.

In Trinity County, a fire south of Groveton has burned since Friday.  It is still an active fire covering 1,400 acres.  30 to 40 homes were voluntarily evacuated, and a Red Cross shelter was being organized.

Officials continue to ask East Texans to be aware of the increased fire danger.

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