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7/5/05-Smith County

Fires Scorch Dozens Of Acres, More Expected

Firefighters say this could be the beginning of the worst fire season in years. With five grass fires in Smith County alone on Tuesday, their hands are suddenly full.

The largest fire scorched as much as 20 acres along Lavender Road north of Tyler -- about a mile north of Loop 323.

Winds were only about 15 miles an hour, but firefighters say that was enough to stir embers on both sides of Lavender Road. One house was threatened, but quick work saved it.

Lindale Firefighter Richard Bellar: "This is the first one that has gotten back into the woods and gotten bad."

Reporter: "Is it going to get worse?"

Bellar: "If we don't get any rain, it's going to be real bad."

Fire investigators went through the scene, but couldn't pinpoint a cause. They think it was either fireworks, or perhaps a cigarette. Texas Forest Service equipment has been moved to East Texas in anticipation of more fires.

Reported by Morgan Palmer. morganpalmer@kltv

 

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