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UPDATE: Cherokee Co. fire destroys two barns

UPDATE (5:45 p.m.) - The homeowners were cited for burn ban violation and reckless damage and destruction of property.

CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A Cherokee County grass fire was sparked by homeowners cooking corn outside.

Several Fire Departments are on the scene of a five acre fire on County Road 1615 off of Hwy 69, south of Jacksonville.

Two barns have been completely destroyed by the blaze, but no homes are involved at this time.

Texas Forest Service Choppers sent out helicopters and plows to help contain the fire.

"Outdoor cooking is just like outdoor burning, you've got to watch what you're doing because it can get away. Especially if the wind kicks up, as dry as it is.  We just need a lot of rain," says Lt. David Glidewell, with the Jacksonville Fire Department.

Fortunately no one was seriously injured, however, two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion.  

The homeowner was ticketed for a burn ban violation and reckless damage and destruction of property.

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