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UPDATE: Neches fire could smolder for weeks

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UPDATE 11a.m. Wednesday: Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston tells KLTV 7 the fire that broke out Monday afternoon near Neches is contained, but will continue to burn.

He said the fire could smolder within the containment lines for weeks due to the amount of trees in the area.

A local disaster declaration was issued by the judge Monday to allow state services to be provided for the fire.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m. Monday: The 150 acre fire has been contained.

At one point six homes were threatened. No evacuations were issued.

Update: The fire in the Neches area is at the intersection of FM 19 and FM 2574, four miles north of Neches Elementary School.

According to The Palestine Herald, the fire has now expanded to 150 acres.

We have confirmed that a firefighter has been taken to a local hospital with heat exhaustion, but is expected to be fine. 

The cause of the fire was a tree falling on a power line.

NECHES, TX (KLTV) - KLTV has confirmed that there is a fire burning in Neches, Texas near Hwy. 19.  The fire is 40 acres and has not been contained.  Two helicopters have been sent to fight the fire.  The Forest Service has described the fire as having high to extreme fire behavior.

Six homes may be threatened, though no evacuations have been ordered as yet. 

Stay with for updates.

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