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Wise County 3547 Fire 100 Percent Contained

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    Fire crews say a brush fire that burned 500 acres southwest of Bridgeport between Paradise and Runaway Bay is under control. (Published Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011)

    A fast-moving brush fire that caused evacuations Wednesday is 100 percent contained, the Texas Forest Service said Friday morning.

    The fire was located near County Road 3547 and County Road 3554, directly west of Cottondale and dubbed the 3547 Fire. 

    Just before 4 p.m. Thursday, the Texas Forest Service said the fire was 80 percent contained and had burned 400 acres and destroyed five structures -- two of those were homes. Authorities said 64 homes were saved.

    Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd said 50 to 60 homes were evacuated and that a shelter was set up in Bridgeport at a community center at 1102 Lawdwin Avenue.

    Most people were allowed to return to their homes, but some areas remained blocked off so firefighters could work on putting out hot spots.

    Every fire department in Wise County worked to control the wildfire. The Tarrant County Task Force and the Texas Forest Service also assisted, as well as the Parker County Task Force.

    Fire crews are expected to be in the area for a couple of days to monitor the hot spots.

    So far, no injuries have been reported in connection with the fire.

    The Wise County fire is not connected to the Possum Kingdom 101 Ranch fire in nearby Palo Pinto County.

    NBC 5's Randy McIlwain and Amanda Guerra contributed to this report.