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35 Firefighters Respond to Tanglewood Fire


A Tanglewood Firefighter. 
PHOTO BY KATIE HALL. A Tanglewood Firefighter. PHOTO BY KATIE HALL. On Thursday, November 10, at about 1 p. m., Tanglewood Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a pasture fire off CR 412 in the north end of Lee County, that quickly spread to dense brush and trees. Within an hour of it starting, five fire departments and over 35 firefighters were on the scene, as high winds caused it to spread quickly. Tanglewood had two trucks at the scene, Lexington VFD came with four trucks; Blue VFD came with two trucks; and Rockdale VFD responded with two trucks, along with the Texas Forest Service, who arrived within an hour with a dozer to clear a fire line.

By 5 p.m., it was reported that the fire was 80% contained and by 6 p.m., many of the firefighters were leaving the scene. Tanglewood stayed at the scene, along with the Texas Forest Service, until after 9 p.m.

On Saturday, the Texas Forest Service went back out at about 9 a.m. because the fire had jumped the dozer lines and was back in the woods. Tanglewood also went back out and worked the fire for 12 hours.

According to Tanglewood Fire Chief Guy Hall, Jr, the fire was started by a hay cutter and about 43 acres burned on Thursday, with approximately 50 acres burned by the time it jumped the dozer lines on Saturday. The fire started on CR 412 and burned almost to CR 415. No one was hurt and no structures burned in the fire.

Chief Hall said, “We appreciate all the fire departments coming out to help and all the citizens who donated food for the firefighters while we fought this fire.”

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