Wildfire in southern Polk County 95% controlled Thursday night

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Published: Aug. 4, 2022 at 4:15 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2022 at 11:31 PM CDT
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POLK COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The Polk County Office of Emergency Management says firefighters have been working for hours to contain an approximately 250 to 260 acre grass and woods fire in southern Polk County.

Fire officials say fire behavior is low and forward progression has been stopped at this time. It is 90% to 95% contained tonight, they say.

Polk County fire officials say they suspect that lightning started the fire that burned around 250 acres Thursday.

Fire officials say they suspect that lightning started the fire.

Alabama-Coushatta Indian Nation Fire Chief Willo Sylestine told us that firefighters got started battling the flames quickly, and used air drops as well as trucks to douse the fire.

Polk County, Tyler County, the National Parks Service and Texas Forest Service dispatched dozers and crews.

Sylestine also said that no one was injured in the fire.

Earlier in the day officials were estimating that the fire was anywhere from 300 to 350 acres, but reassessed that figure later Thursday night.

According to the Texas Forest Service, five structures were threatened, but saved. There are no further threats to structures at this time.

The fire is near Camp Seale Road, off of FM 1276, near the Tyler County line.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and DPS may be slowing and directing traffic near the area to facilitate response, according to the post.

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