UPDATE: Crews battle 2 day Longview fire

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Firefighters spent the weekend trying to control a grassfire, threatening an East Texas neighborhood.

The fire broke out Saturday afternoon in a wooded area off Pliler Precise Road in north Longview, burning nearly 30 acres. High winds and dry conditions have kept flames popping up for two days in the wooded area.

"We brought in the fire service to build breaks around the initial fire and set up perimeters," said Judson Metro Fire Captain Tom Keith. "We fought it hard for quite some time. Four o'clock this morning it did jump our lines from the south side of this location here."

Forestry service bulldozers cut firebreaks, and firefighters use flares to back light the blaze to take away fuel.

"One of the problems that we have is that we are in one of the dry areas in the state of Texas and anything can take it up," Keith explained.

"It was scary to see it," said homeowner Danny Oliver. "It was right across the street from us. It's a scary situation as dry as it is."

The blaze rekindled several times, and homeowners are worried the winds may bring it their way.

"The lawns and stuff are all dry right now and if it got near the house. That would be not a good thing," said Stuart Newlin.

"You can never be sure it's out until it's over, and usually in a case like this, when it's all been burned," Keith said.

Crews from Judson and East Mountain have carried water back and forth. Firefighters have exhausted themselves. Many have not slept since the fires began.

"Its just exhaustion because you're either working on the truck or with a rake at all times," said Keith.

Authorities say Pliler Precise Road has been reopened. Investigators are still trying to figure out what started the fire.

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