Update: Highway 64 reopens after crews control grass fire

Update: Highway 64 reopens after crews control grass fire
Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 at 3:49 PM CDT
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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - UPDATE: Highway 64 East has been reopened after a grass fire was brought under control with the help of eight fire departments.

Smith County Fire Marshall Connie McCoy-Wasson said the fire was started by hay raking equipment and quickly spread to about 10-15 acres. She said two barns and a shed burned in the fire, but firefighters were able to save five structures and brought the fire under control by 3:40 p.m.

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Crews are responding to a large grass fire in Smith County.

The call came in to first responders at 1:58 p.m.. the fire marshal said.

According to Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson, crews are responding to a fire at 16887 Highway 64 East. That roadway is shut down in the area, just east of Big Oak Bay, according to Smith County Fire Marshal Connie Wasson. She said that Chapel Hill VFD was first to respond.

As of 3 p.m. seven additional fire departments had responded, including City of Whitehouse and the volunteer fire departments of Jackson Heights, Winona, Red Springs, Whitehouse, Arp and Flint-Gresham. No structures have been affected by the fire at this time. Homeowners have been asked to stay inside for the time being.

The Smith County Fire Marshal's Office is also on scene. Smith County deputies are assisting with traffic on the roadway where it is shut down.

Wasson said that 10-15 acres are involved so far, and five to ten hay bales are on fire in a field there. A barn by the roadway as well as five other structures have been saved from the approaching fire, and oil tanks on the property are not involved. 

Wasson said that two other fires have just been called out for assistance; one is in the 11800 block of FM 14, with two acres currently burning, and two dozen homes in danger. Lindale firefighters are on scene. 

The third fire is in the 4700 block of CR 1120. Trees and grass are burning, and Dixie VFD is headed to that scene.

KLTV has a crew en route. We will continue to update the story as details become available.

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