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Residents React After Wildfire Tears through Jack County

With smoke still in the air from a massive grass fire in Jack County, we continue to follow the aftermath of those flames.

Most homes were salvaged, others weren't so lucky.   In all, a total of six homes were lost from the destruction.

The fire spread has been stopped and according to reports it is 60 to 70 percent contained, though some hot spots remain.

For those residents who were able to salvage their home, Sunday was a day of reflection.

"You just can't believe how it looks," said Ruby Armstrong.

It's a sea of black and gray, where just days before lush grass grew, now it barely peeks through.  And covered on top of all the blackness are the remains of some homes that couldn't withstand the scorching wildfire.

"I had two barns, three barns, that I lost," said Armstrong.

She is thankful that her home wasn't one of six that burned, even though a few barns and 100 barrels of hay didn't make the blaze, she's happy she can move on.

"I'm glad its over and glad that it didn't do anymore damage than it already did," she said.

Dub Patton is in a similar situation to Ruby, his home is still standing, some belongings like lumber lost, still its more than his neighbors can say.

"Our neighbors across the road, they lost their house, they were the only ones on the road that lost their house," said Patton.

Seventy-five hundred acres of Jack County burned from the raging wildfire.  Though the memory will last forever, some rain and time will heal the land.

We have been told that local fire departments will remain in the area through Monday afternoon to make sure hot spots don't re-ignite.

The fire was started by arcing power lines on Eason Road and FM 4.

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