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117 acres burned in Upshur Co. fire

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UPSHUR COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

The fire still smoldering in Upshur County has burned more acres than originally thought.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, that fire, located just southeast of Gilmer, has now burned at least 117 acres. Firefighters have contained the blaze and on Friday morning it continued to smolder. 

The fire started Saturday on Flamingo Road, just off of Highway 300. A spark from nearby power lines ignited the trees below. 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.

The forest service reported Thursday that around 40 acres had burned, but through further evaluation of the area, that number more than doubled.

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