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UPDATE: ALL Rusk Co. evacuations lifted

UPDATE: ALL Rusk County evacuations have been lifted at this time. Residents that live along County Road 316 D have been allowed to return home.


UPDATE: Residents on County Roads 4114 and 4117 have been allowed to return home, but residents that live on County Road 316 D are still being kept away.


RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Authorities are evacuating Rusk County residents who live on County Road 4114, 4117 and 316D.

Authorities say these evacuations are mandatory. These new evacuations come less than 24 hours since the fire ignited near Highway 42 Tuesday. This is just west of Henderson.

Crews were still dealing with flames and smoldering hot spots from Tuesday's fire.

Art Transbergen with the U.S. Forest Service says they're trying to save structures, but could not save a woman's home off County Road 4113.

"It's almost impossible for us to cover all the homes and if there's vegetation it's probably going to burn," said Transbergen. 

Across Highway 42, helicopter crews retrieved water from Todd Martin's pond. The new fire that ignited has already consumed hundreds of acres.

"We all pretty much feel helpless," said Martin.

With thick smoke this close, Martin isn't taking a chance. He's attached a water sprinkler on his rooftop, anything he says to protect his property.

"They've been popping up all around us so it just seems like a good idea. Everybody is doing it. Everybody around here is doing it," said Martin.

Wednesday morning, crews rushed to put out hot spots near Martin's home on County Road 4117, which is now under evacuation. Residents like Martin now wait, hoping their homes are spared from flames.

"If you're not nervous then there has to be something wrong with you. I'm proud that we do have enough water that they can use now in this drought. My hat goes off to all of the men and women fighting these fires," said Martin.

"I've been coming to Texas ever since the space shuttle went down and it's the worst," said Transbergen.

For now, crews will remain at the scene of several fires, doing what they can to protect lives and homes.

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