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Evacuated residents allowed to return home, warned of possibility of pop up flames


Residents of approximately 60 homes evacuated during Sunday afternoon's grass fire are now allowed to return home, after being evacuated shortly after noon due blaze, which spread to 350 acres.

While residents are allowed back into the area, the area around the intersection of FM 2767 and FM 2908 outside of Jackson Heights remains closed to general traffic.

Authorities have told residents to keep an eye out for any pop up fires and to alert authorities immediately. Fire crews will remain on the scene throughout the night.
According to the Smith County Sheriff's Department, all sixteen Smith County fire departments battled multiple grass fires in the area of Farm to Market Road 2767 near Jackson Heights.

At least one home on County Road 2908 burned to the ground, with reports of two other structures and multiple vehicles destroyed by fire.

Smith County Sheriff's officials also said two firefighters were treated on the scene for heat exhaustion.

Residents are reminded that a burn ban is still in effect for Smith County.

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