Brush fire deep in wooded area east of Tyler - - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Fire crews encounter problem responding to call

By Lauren Callahan

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Some East Texas firefighters were left with a tough dilemma after a fire started in a place their trucks couldn't get to.

A logging truck reportedly sparked the fire near FM 2908, east of Tyler.

Firefighters from the Chapel Hill, Winona, and Jackson Heights fire departments all got the call around noon.

A logging truck belonging to Doug Raney Land and Timber was nearly two miles deep in the woods, where it caught fire and spread to the woods.

But when crews got here, Chapel Hill Fire Chief Cody Crawford and his crew discovered a bigger problem.

"We've had a really hard time accessing the fire because of the dry conditions. The soil here is very sandy and we've already had 3 trucks stuck trying to get in there," explained Crawford.

The fire departments were eventually able to get two brush trucks and seven men back to fight the fire.

The fire spread to six acres and the two brush trucks were able to contain the fire about 60 percent. Two bulldozers from the Texas Forest Service arrived quickly to help out.

Only one employee from the timber company was nearby when the fire started.

Fortunately, no one was injured.

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