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MAJOR WILDFIRE IN SAN JACINTO COUNTY CAUSED BY ILLEGAL BURNING

Just before noon today Shepherd Fire Department responded to Stringtown Road near Countyline Road for a reported forest fire. When they arrived they had flames shooting out of the trees in a young pine plantation. As firefighters from that department attacked the flames a call for help went out by Shepherd Fire Chief Cindy Nichols. Within a short time other departments started arriving including the Texas Forest Service along with dozers and helicopters.

By 6 p.m. it was under control. This with the help of fifty volunteers and ten different departments.

As the fire was being fought the San Jacinto Assistant Fire Marshal along with Precinct Two Constable Tom Yates and several San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Deputies attempted to locate the person responsible for the fire. It should be fairly easy to identify him as he was cited two weeks ago for burning illegally in the same spot. This time it was tree limbs in a small corral. Charges will be sought for destruction to property on him since the fire crossed four fence lines onto neighboring properties.

San Jacinto County has had a burn ban in place for several months and have also totally banned fireworks now and for the upcoming July 4th.

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