Wildfire burns in Central Texas

Wildfire burns in Central Texas

A weekend campfire has grown into a stubborn wildfire that's forced people from their homes.

The fire is located along the Bell/Coryell county line west of Temple and close to several parks including Mother Neff State Park.

As new flames flare-up, crews scrambled into action. Fire breaks were cut along a ridge-line that ran near Temple and McGregor along the Leon River valley. About 125 acres have burned.

"If it creeps back up could be a problem... if it does they are hoping it will happen when it is calm," said Mary Kay Hicks with the Texas Forest Service.

Investigators say the fire started Sunday afternoon at a campsite in the Iron Bridge wilderness area. Strong winds fanned the flames and by nightfall the sky glowed red. Five home sites were evacuated including Ray Glenn and his wife.

"I was outside you could hear it crackling behind my house, popping and everything, and finally in those trees right there, close ... they got here and I showed everyone how to get back to the back," said Ray Glenn.

The Glenns and the other families were allowed to return to their homes Monday morning but were told an evacuation order could come again with little or no warning.

"They may have to run," said Hicks, who also suggested that residents should start clearing things away from their homes like wood piles.

The Governor has not released any state resources as of now but he may have to if weather conditions worsen on Tuesday. If that happens the Leon River just south of the fires could prove to be a valuable asset for fire crews.

No injuries have been reported and no arrests have yet been made for causing the fire.

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