Brushfires Break Out in Several Counties

Thursday, Aug 18, 2011  |  Updated 10:04 PM CDT
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Brushfires Break Out in Several Counties

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More than half a dozen brushfires burned in Tarrant, Hunt and Johnson counties Thursday afternoon.

A grass fire in southeastern Tarrant County near Kennedale destroyed several buildings. Video from Chopper 5 showed flames on the roof of a mobile home and burning through barrels stacked outside a warehouse.

In Hunt County, five separate fires scorched 50 acres.

Firefighters in pump trucks could be seen driving through the charred grass putting out hot spots while trying to keep the fire from spreading.

Live video from Chopper 5 showed a fire northwest of Greenville burning through a boat graveyard. Late Thursday night, crews were watching the boat salvage yard, which is expected to burn for the next 24 to 36 hours.

Firefighters were also busy near the Johnson County town of Godley, where a 300-acre grass fire burned three homes and a barn.

Fire crews evacuated some homes, but the residents were allowed back in at about 7 p.m.

The Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross said it has teams on the ground assisting firefighters at both locations and will also provide assistance to residents impacted by the fire.

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