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Crews monitoring 450 acre blaze

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - As of Friday evening, Fire crews were still on the scene of a blaze that scorched 450 acres. They've been monitoring the situation since Thursday afternoon.

While authorities say the fire is contained, there are still some concerns.

Helicopter crews dropped water on smoldering hot spots. After an aerial search, a spotter plane directs them to areas likely to re-ignite.

Off in the distance, authorities worked in a haze of smoke trying to control the fire.

"We're still widening the line, improving the fire line to keep the fire within the boundaries and we're also building some new lines into some areas where we were unable to get last night," said Jason Dockery, Texas Forest Service spokesperson.

A command post was set up at the intersection of County Road 2115 and 2116, where homes were evacuated Thursday night.

"We hated to displace folks, but we didn't want them hurt. That was the main thing," said Oren Hal with the Smith County Fire Marshal's Office.

"I felt like they would do everything they could to save a structure," said Barbara Quinn, who was evacuated.

Quinn was one of the 15 families forced to evacuate. She says she had been watching the fire for hours before authorities told her family it was time to go.

"I had some clothes already together and my husband got a couple of his horses and we went to a friends house for the night," said Quinn.

The blaze scorched roughly 450 acres. Friday, smoke drifted above the tree lines as crews overhead and on the ground monitored the situation.

"We'll remain here on scene until we're sure the fire line is secure and after that we will continue to patrol the fire and check on it daily until the fire is controlled," said Dockery.

For Quinn, it's nice to know authorities are here protecting her home, her neighborhood.

No structures have been damaged. The Texas Forest Service did lose a fire engine fighting Thursday's blaze.

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