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Jasper Wildfire Grows to 1000 Acres

You just thought the wildfires were behind us.  A new fire in northern Jasper County has grown to a thousand acres, and a second fire in the same area is big and growing.  The good news is that firefighters say the bigger fire is mostly contained — for now.

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This is the larger of two wildfires in Jasper County.  Sometime Wednesday night, the larger fire jumped Texas 63, and prompted officials to close the road from FM 255 to Zavalla.  As of this morning however, the Texas Forest Service says the fire is 90 percent contained.

Officials say no homes are threatened, but one barn was destroyed by this fire.

The smaller Jasper County fire is near Recreational Road 255.  Fire officials ordered mandatory evacuations of homes along several county roads.  As of 8:30 pm Wednesday, the fire had grown to an estimated 500 acres, and the Jasper County Sheriff says this fire is suspicious.

Twelve homes were threatened, but none have been lost.  No injuries have been reported in either of the fires — yet.

via Update: Jasper wildfire grows to 1,000 acres, but is mostly contained – Beaumont Enterprise.

Nearly a dozen fire departments have responded to the fires, including units from Jasper, Buna, Lake Sam Rayburn, Angelina County, Tri-Community, Zavalla, Roganville, Evadale, Kirbyville and Toledo Bend.  The Texas Forest Service is sending men and equipment to help out.

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