Fire burns 1,000 acres in Jack County
A fire in the north central part of Jack County burned approximately 1,000 acres Wednesday, Nov. 20.
According to the Jack County Emergency Management Office, the fire started around 1:25 p.m. in the area of Farm to Market Road 2190 and Martin Road. With winds gusting 25-30 miles per hour, the fire spread a path of one-half mile long within 30 minutes, with no place to stop it.
Firefighters on the scene had to set backfires around homes that were in the path of the fire, in order to protect them. Five homes were saved from the fire, with no loss of property.
By the time the fire departments stopped the head fire at FM 2190, the initial fire threat had diminished. A small rain cloud over the area also gave some moisture on the fire line.
By early evening, the fire had burned more than 800 acres within a four to five hour frame.
Fire departments from Jacksboro, Bryson, Jermyn, Antelope, Newport, East Jack County, Perrin, Jack County Precincts 3 and 4, along with Texas Forest Service and Young County Volunteer Fire Departments, helped to contain the fire. Jack County Sheriff’s deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers helped to shut down FM 2190 for protection.
For the full story, see the Wednesday, Nov. 27, edition of the Jacksboro Herald-Gazette.