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Huge Grass Fire Burning Near Tanglewood

Lack of Water Big Fear for Firefighters
A huge grass fire was reported burning out of control, as of 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, just west of Tanglewood, near the Lee/Milam County line.
At about 4:28 Wednesday afternoon, the Lexington Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to CR 320 at the intersection of CR 419 to help and assist Tanglewood VFD with a fire that had broke out. By 4:33 it was reported that the Forest Service had to be called to help with the fire because “it was too big and there was too much fuel”.  At 4:35 The Leader learned that the Fire Departments at the scene were requesting airplane assistance to fight the blaze.
Several area fire departments were called to battle the fire, but there was a great deal of concern about the lack of water available to help in their efforts. Firefighters also put out a call, requesting any and all county equipment to be dispatched to help build fire breaks around the fire.
It is not known at this time the cause or the extent of the damage. As of 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, no injuries have been reported and, along with Lexington and Tanglewood VFD’s, Rockdale VFD, Blue VFD, and Alcoa VFD were on the scene, with Thorndale VFD on the way. Bluebonnet Electric also had crews at the site and Lexington EMS was helping to monitor the situation.

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