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Fire Burns Through Young County

A fire that sparked on Thursday in Stephens County is burning its way through Young County on Sunday.

Officials are calling it the Duff Prairie Fire because it jumped the road and continued NE of FM 1287 in Young County.

Firefighters are working on stopping that fire west of FM 1287 on Caseyville Crossing and they worked to stop it east of FM 1287 at Gooseneck Cemetery Road though some parts east of Gooseneck Cemetery Road have burned.  For area residents it's been a waiting game.

A haze falls over Graham and many parts of Young County as a wildfire threatens to take down anything that blocks its way.  It has already burned thousands of acres, so much officials can't take count.  Young County resident Dana Burgess lives in Bunker.

"My husband is on the dozer building a fire guard, he said stay put until I come back so I kept my kids with me and we stayed," said Burgess.

Personal belongings filled the family vehicle, though a different scenario for Sammy Nicholas.  He too lives in Bunger and was forced to evacuate but had no time to gather belongings.

"I'm just in limbo right now.  They won't let me through because of the fire, I'm just waiting and hoping."

It seems that's the story of the county; waiting, looking and praying it doesn't strike their home, but with the constant wind changes there's no telling where the flames will head next.

"Graham, right now I'm think we'll be okay, but with the wind changes you don't know but I think we'll be okay," said Sheriff Bryan Walls.

Southern parts of the county have been evacuated as flames engulf the lands, but there are no reports of any homes burned, though that could change through Sunday night.

Anyone displaced can stay at a shelter at 4th and Cherry in Graham.  That location is the First Baptist Church.

Crystal Hall, Newschannel 6.

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