Upshur County fire contained, Forest Service monitoring - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Upshur County fire contained, Forest Service monitoring

UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department says a 40 acre fire in Upshur County is contained. 

The Texas A&M Forest Service says the fire started Saturday on Flamingo Road, just off of Highway 300 outside of Gilmer. They say a spark from nearby power lines caught the trees below on fire.  

The forest service, Gilmer Fire Department, East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department and West Mountain Volunteer Fire Department worked together to put out the fire, which rekindled on Thursday afternoon.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles. 

People who live and own land next to the fire were standing by. 

"It seems to be going the opposite way from us so I think we'll be ok, they've got a lot of fire lanes on this side of the flames so we'll be alright,"says Curtis Cowan, a man who lives near where the fire started.

"I try to keep my fire lanes plowed and I'm going to plow some more tomorrow and the way the wind's been blowing you can't tell where this thing will go," says Jim Montgomery, who owns the land next to the burned 40 acres. 

Montgomery says his land has burned before and this fire is too close for comfort, "All of us that have cattle and work with trees and timber and stuff are extremely concerned about the welfare of our property at this time."

Firefighters used four bulldozers, several ground crews, four wheelers, and even a Department of Public Safety helicopter to fight the fire. 

"I think they'll handle it, they've got enough equipment out there to handle it," Cowan says.

Montgomery hopes this fire is the last in his area but fears his land is telling him a different story, "I've got around five ponds and they're down at least 10 feet and that's the most I've ever seen."

He says the people who live around the fire are a tight-knit group and are all looking out for each other. 

The East Mountain Volunteer Fire Department says no homes were ever in danger because of this fire. 

The Texas A&M Forest Service is monitoring the fire overnight.

Copyright 2013 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Car crashes into Tyler Chicken Express

    Driver crashes into Tyler Chicken Express

    Sunday, September 24 2017 12:09 AM EDT2017-09-24 04:09:08 GMT

    A car has crashed into a Chicken Express restaurant in Tyler. According to a Chicken Express employee, a car in the drive through line hit an outside wall causing external damage to the building. The store affected is located at 6363 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX 75703. Details are limited at this time. Stay with KLTV for updates. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>

    A car has crashed into a Chicken Express restaurant in Tyler. According to a Chicken Express employee, a car in the drive through line hit an outside wall causing external damage to the building. The store affected is located at 6363 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX 75703. Details are limited at this time. Stay with KLTV for updates. Copyright 2017 KLTV. All rights reserved.

    More >>
  • Week 4 Scores

    Week 4 Scores

    Saturday, September 23 2017 11:40 PM EDT2017-09-24 03:40:49 GMT

    Here are the schedules for Week 4. Find out who your team is playing.

    More >>

    Here are the schedules for Week 4. Find out who your team is playing.

    More >>
  • 1 dead, 3 injured in Longview crash

    1 dead, 3 injured in Longview crash

    Saturday, September 23 2017 9:30 PM EDT2017-09-24 01:30:10 GMT

            A horrible late night accident claims the life of a East Texas teenage girl, and sends several others to hospitals, some in critical condition.     Longview police say it happened around 8:30 Friday night as two vehicles collided in the 3-thousand block of north Eastman road just north of Hawkins parkway.   A 17 year old girl, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, died as a result of her injuries.   Police s...

    More >>

    A horrible late night accident claims the life of a East Texas teenage girl, and sends several others to hospitals, some in critical condition. Longview police say it happened around 830 Friday night as two vehicles collided in the 3-thousand block of north Eastman road

    More >>
Powered by Frankly