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Fire Crews Get Upper Hand on Blaze Near Lake Arrowhead

Fueled by hot temps and gusty winds, a fire in Clay County came dangerously close to homes in Lake Arrowhead. That fire is moped up but not before charring 60 acres. Crews battled the blaze from the ground and air to get it under control.

The fire started around 12:15 near FM 1954 in the area around Wigwam Trail.

"I'm just thankful. Thankful to my neighbors, to the volunteer fire departments, thankful to God." Choked up and nearly in tears Carmen Cain welcomed us into her backyard just moments after she arrived home to charred grass and a destroyed fence.

"My dog is fine. But everybody has been apologizing about my fence well my dog is ok, everybody in the neighborhood is ok," she said.

For hours billowing smoke and flames were just feet away from homes.

"The side section of our house was on fire and the wind was carrying it on away from the house. Thank goodness," said Viki Salmon.

Charred grass and downed trees now fill her yard. It's a sight seen across FM 1954; blackened
 landscape with untouched homes. Fire officials said that one shed caught fire, but it could
have been a lot worse.

"In these windy conditions this stuff can change fast and while we didn't have any fires the last
couple of days you get a little bit of wind behind it and you can lose control of something real quick," said John Nichols, with the Texas Forest Service.

Crews from the Texas Forest Service Task Force 11 assisted Lake Arrowhead VFD, Arrowhead Ranch Estates VFD, Scotland VFD, Henrietta VFD, Dean-Dale VFD, Wichita East VFD the Jolly VFD. The Clay County EMS was also on scene.

FM 1954 was closed down temporarily but has now reopened.

Firefighters also fought another blaze in Clay County near Joy. It started around the same time as the fire near Lake Arrowhead, around noon.

It burned just 15 acres before firefighters had it under control.

A separate blaze in Wichita County near Iowa Park was put out by firefighters by Iowa Park and Wichita West volunteer firefighters. The Iowa Park Police Chief says the fire was South of 367 on Watts Road but would not release any more information.


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