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UPDATE: Fire near Gregg/Rusk line contained

 UPDATE: 6:52 pm, Saturday:

The Texas Forest Service says the fire is contained and crews will be checking on it every hour.  An airplane will also be flying over periodically to make sure things are still under control.

UPDATE: 10:45 am, Saturday:
Crews from the Texas Forest Service and U.S. Forest Service are on the scene of Friday's fire.
The 100 acre fire has been contained.

RUSK, CO (KLTV)- Nearly 300 acres have been scorched over the last eight hours in a massive Rusk County fire. When we last spoke to fire crews tonight, they said they were still fighting the blaze and it was about half contained.

It started on County Road 1115 between Overton and Kilgore... Right on the Gregg and Rusk County line.

 "A friend called me and said, 'Charles look out your back door. Do you smell anything?' and I said, 'Yes, I do smell smoke..' I saw smoke and then all of a sudden more smoke and more smoke," said Charles McNary. McNary's family home was just feet from the fire.

He looked on as crews fought the fire that had crept onto his property.

"This is.. shaking me up a little bit," McNary said.

Officials said the fire started when a neighbor's hay bailer caught fire, nearly a mile away from McNary's home

Both counties called in multiple departments

"Overton, New London, Crims Chapel, Sabine, Kilgore," said Overton Fire Captain Terry Lewis.

Even the Texas Forest Service who dropped water from a nearby pond on the flames again and again.

"I think we're going to need more people," said McNary.

"The wind and the dryness is just keeping it and making it hard to get it contained," said Lewis.

Crews even fought to keep the fire from destroying the Hilburn Family Cemetery.

"As far as I know, no  homes have been lost but a tractor, a hay bailer and a pick up I believe.. We're staying on the houses to keep it off the houses," said Lewis.

And for that McNary is thankful.

"It's a family home, my God for the last century and it's very important. That's all our land back there and time and I just hope for the best," he said.

And the crews gave it their best to make sure McNary's home and others wouldn't be lost.

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