More Than 600 Acres Burned in Fire

HOWARD COUNTY, Texas (Local 2/Fox 24) - A fire in Howard County burned more than 600 acres, totaled one house and burned down half a dozen sheds.

Fire officials said it broke out near highway 87 and Craig road. The north side of the fire had been contained but the south side continues to burn.

Assistant Fire Chief, Pepper Sullivan said the wind caused the fire to keep switching directions and rekindling. 

"Initially they were holding it at Craig road until the wind shifted pushing it further south then the wind shifted again and it jumped Craig road," said Pepper Sullivan, Assistant Chief.

However the fire didn't stop there, it hit Jeffery then Ratliff and continues to make its way south.

Sullivan said the fire is about 85 percent contained but the wind continues to push it further.

"For the first two hours that's all all of our units were doing was just keeping the fire from destroying the homes. Going up to them and pushing hte fire around them with water," said Sullivan.
Many houses in the area remain standing but the battle isn't over yet. Sullivan expect to be fighting this fire for at least three more days.

"Just the smallest thing then suddenly it blows up and its huge and moving 30 or 40 miles an hour in the wind,"said Sullivan.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and Sullivan said once its completely out then an investigation will begin.

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