Fire 'bears' down on East Texas

Monday, June 20, 2011 - 2:39pm

TRINITY — Texas firefighters are trying to contain an 18,000-acre wildfire that has destroyed two homes and at least four trailers in East Texas.

Texas Forest Service spokesman Richard Reuse said Sunday that there were currently no evacuations ordered. He says the fire is about 40 percent contained, but added that that could quickly drop with the windy, hot conditions.

Texas Forest Service spokeswoman Rae Brooks says the fire started after noon Friday in the Davy Crockett National Forest west of Lufkin.

Brooks says the fire is being called the "Bearing Fire" and is the largest wildfire ever in East Texas.

Reuse says such large wildfires are unusual in forested East Texas.

Most of Texas is under a red flag warning, which means there is an extreme risk of fire.


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