Fire blazes on Highway 7 near Crockett

Fire on Highway 7, near Centerville
Fire on Highway 7, near Centerville

HOUSTON COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A fire on Highway 7 East, four miles outside of Crockett, has evacuated homes on County Road 4505.

The first started at 2:20 p.m. this afternoon, according to the Houston County Sheriff's office. Crockett and Kennard Fire Departments were the first on the scene.

The Texas Forest Service reports the fire is about 200 acres. They've sent 2 dozers and additional resources have been requested. Evacuations are in place; 15 homes threatened.

At 8:35 p.m. the Houston County Sheriff's office still reported no containment. They said the fire jumped County Road 4505 across to County Road 4529. No further evacuations have been ordered.

No report, yet, on how the fire was started.

Authorities report that the First Baptist Church in Crockett is offering shelter Sunday night for those evacuating.

The Texas Forest Service reports another fire on Highway 21, west from Crockett to 3380. It's about 80 acres. They have a dozer on the scene.

Houston County authorities say the fires on County Road 228 and County Road 1733 are 100 percent contained. Firefighters will continue to monitor the fires through the night.

Several fires in the northeast part of East Texas have kept responders busy, thanks to today's high winds.

In Gladewater, police say evacuations are underway because of a fast-moving fire.

The evacuations are ongoing one mile south on Highway 135 off of US Highway 271.

Evacuations are also being ordered along Rose Wady Road and Joy Wright Mountain Road in Smith County.

Fires are also reported near Mt. Enterprise, Kilgore, Ben Wheeler, Upshur County and near the Tyler Pounds Field Airport.

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