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  • Aerial view of a wildfire along Country Road E near Blue
    Aerial view of a wildfire along Country Road E near Blue
  • Sheriff's Deputies assist with refilling brush trucks
    Sheriff's Deputies assist with refilling brush trucks
  • Blue, Lexington, and Fedor firemen fought a wildfire near Blue
    Blue, Lexington, and Fedor firemen fought a wildfire near Blue
  • Aerial view of a wildfire along Country Road E near Blue
    Aerial view of a wildfire along Country Road E near Blue
  • Aerial view of a wildfire along Country Road E near Blue
    Aerial view of a wildfire along Country Road E near Blue

Wildfire Near Blue

Thursday's wildfire consumed several small structures and about 4 acres

On Thursday, Sept. 5 at approximately 2:39 p.m., Blue volunteer firemen were paged out to a structure fire on County Road E. The fire was reportedly started by an unattended burn barrel. The fire spread to the surrounding wooded area prompting the call for assistance from Fedor and Lexington Volunteer Fire Departments. Accessibility to the fire line was a problem due to the terrain and heavily wooded area. Due to the distance traveled for firemen to locate the various moving firelines, the fire at first seemed to be much larger than it actually was. Initial estimates were 10 to 20 acres involved. Giddings Times & News provided an aerial view with a drone, at which point scene commanders assessed the location of the active fire and reallocated personnel and equipment. Texas A&M Forest Service assistance was also requested. A bulldozer arrived on scene to cut a containment line. A helicopter arrived at approximately 5:30 p.m. The helicopter was able to make a single water drop and quence the hottest area of the fireline. Ultimately, the bulldozer only cut a 4 acre containment line through the heavily wooded area. Lexington firemen were able to leave the scene at approximately 6:30 p.m, when the fire was fully contained. Blue and Fedor remained on the scene to continue mop-up operations.

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