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Focus shifting to Cherokee Co. side of fire

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - As firefighters begin to contain the wildfire in Nacogdoches County, the focus has shifted to Cherokee County, as the fire jumped over the Angelina River on Tuesday.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss said firefighters have the fire on the Nacogdoches County side contained at about 75 percent, but it is not nearly as contained on the Cherokee County side.

Kerss said the fire has burned around 4,000 acres in Nacogdoches County and about 1,000 in Cherokee County.

The fire reached State Highway 21 West Tuesday night, and flamed up on the other side of the road a few times. But firefighters were able to extinguish those flames quickly and the fire has held a line at the highway.

"It settled some during the night," Kerss said. "Of course it did that the night before too and then the winds picked up."

Kerss said two super tanker planes are due to arrive around 9 a.m. to dump fire retardant on the south side of Hwy. 21, in order to keep it from spreading to that side.

To help friends and family locate loved ones who have been evacuated due to these wildfires, impacted Texans can register themselves on the Red Cross' Safe and Well website at by clicking on ‘List Yourself as Safe and Well,' or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) from any phone. Individuals can also log on to register loved ones who may not have power or access to a computer, or search a list of registered names. 

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