Fire scorches over 1000 acres in Franklin County

By Jamey Boyum

FRANKLIN COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Another large grass fire in East Texas has been contained. The Forest Service and Franklin and Titus County Fire Departments have been at the scene since Thursday. The fire is located near Talco in Franklin County.

Around mid-day the Midway Cemetery Fire had been contained to a small area north of where its origin. A spotter plane was flying overhead to keep an eye on things and they saw a spillover. The fire grew to 1,058 acres. Seventeen houses and 75 out buildings were threatened, but only one small building was lost.

On the ground, crews worked through the night to make sure it didn't spread. One firefighter was taken to a local hospital. According to Barbara Dougan with the Forest Service, several families voluntarily evacuated yesterday.

"All the people that evacuated yesterday, it was voluntary evacuations, did return to their homes last night," she said.

On Friday they brought in more equipment.

"We had a heavy helicopter drop water on that and we had a lot of other resources already there to put out hot spots. We were able to get on that plume and cool it down quickly. Extreme fire danger exists. So if we do have winds, and we do have embers, the winds will carry the embers and spot new fires outside the perimeter. However, with air attack, any new spots should they occur, would be immediately attacked and put out" Dougan said.

The Forest Service wants to remind everyone that it only takes a small spark to start a fire. They will be on scene for several days, and still have not determined what started the fire.

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