Officials say Sunday worst day of fire season

POSTED: Monday, September 5, 2011 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- What was supposed to be a relaxing holiday weekend was devastating for many Texans.

"Yesterday was, yea the worst day of, um, fire season so far," said Mary Kay Hicks, with the Texas Forest Service. 

On Sunday the Texas Forest Service responded to 63 fires that burned more than 32,000 acres.

The largest fire being in Bastrop County.

"Homes, they're talking 300 plus just in the Bastrop area alone," said Hicks.

Five of the fires were in the Waco region including one that sparked in Limestone County, burning over 3,000 acres, destroying at least two homes and forcing evacuations.

All because of a downed power line.

"Coupled with the cold front that came through, the wind, and the wind that was left over from that tropical storm, just really made conditions extremely difficult the fires were growing so rapidly and there were so many starts at one time that our resources were tapped out," said Hicks.

The forest service will not declare containment levels until the fires are quiet until about 5:30 p.m. the next day.

Residents near the fire in Limestone and Freestone counties have been told to evacuate and head South and East of the fire down Highway 164.


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