Nacogdoches County: Burn ban enacted after fire threatens homes

Monday, April 18, 2011 - 10:12am

Nacogdoches, TX — One structure was destroyed, but another 20 or 30 homes were saved after a fire began about four miles west of Nacogdoches on Highway 7 Sunday afternoon.

The fire, as well as those across the state, is an example of how high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation can easily catch fire and spread.

Nacogdoches County Commissioners on Monday, recognizing the dangers posed by such fires in East Texas, enacted a burn ban.

Sunday's fire brought Lake Nacogdoches and South Nacogdoches volunteer fire departments, as well as two Nacogdoches Fire Department engines and the Texas Forest Service to combat the fire, which burned about seven acres according to the Texas Forest Service.

It was unknown if the vacant structure which burned was a home or another type of building, Nacogdoches Fire Department Captain Robert Ford said.

"When the departments got there, they did a quick knock down on some of the fire," he said. "Then the forest service came in, plowed a line to put a break between the fire and other fuels and did some back-burning to burn off some additional fuels."

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