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Wildfire threatens homes; leads to evacuations

Comanche County_The biggest grass fire of the season broke out Saturday afternoon in west Comanche County. The blaze started north of Old Cache Road just after 4 p.m. Firefighters from over a dozen departments battled the blaze for over two hours.  Several homes were threatened by the fast moving flames because of the strong winds and that led to evacuations.

The fire covered about a thousand acres so it was all hands on deck. "We had 19 fire departments on scene fighting the fire at the height of the fire. We used about 50-thousand gallons of water to put this fire out. We had tankers from all over the county, working here staging for the fire trucks," said Emergency Management Director Clint Wagstaff.

The biggest concern was saving the homes that were a stone's throw away from the fire. "We had over 13 homes that were endangered, all homes are safe and nothing damaged, firefighters did an excellent job of protecting the homes. Total structures including barns and stuff was about 25, nothing damaged in that."

But for several hours, all those homeowners could do was look into the smoke and wonder if their home was okay.  "The homes that were endangered, we asked them to leave so we can protect their structures. Everybody is back home now that needs to be home, checking their structures." There were no injuries and firefighters said the fire was out just after 6 o'clock Saturday night. They were working the perimeter and hot spots until shortly after 8 o'clock.

The Cache Fire Chief said there was only one report of property damage; it was minor damage to a moving truck. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire.

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