SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Smith County Fire Marshal says the fire at a tree farm has been contained.
Fire Marshal Connie McCoy Wasson says that the tree was contained to seven acres. She said the fire spread to high stacks of plastic tree tubs, causing the black smoke which was seen throughout the county. The fire crossed the property line into a pine thicket, which slowed the wind and the fire, Wasson said.
Wasson said a plow line is around the contained fire, but it will continue to smolder for hours. There will be firefighters monitoring the area throughout the night.
The Smith County Sheriff's Office Environmental Crimes Unit will be handing the case over to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for investigation, county officials say.
The fire is at Trees USA in the Lindale area. Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson says that there had been a controlled burn at the tree farm over the weekend. Apparently, Wasson said, a hot spot was reignited during windy conditions Tuesday afternoon, and the fire again began to spread.
Smith County released the following statement at 3:30 p.m.:
At 4 p.m., the Texas Forest Service brought a plow in to assist.