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Grassfires Prompt Evacuations in Navarro County

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    After evacuations were called Sunday afternoon due to grassfires, rain rolled in and helped put out the fires. (Published Monday, Sep 5, 2011)

    The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management requested residents of Navarro and Mildred to evacuate Sunday afternoon due to growing and out-of-control wildfires.

    There were more than five grassfires reported in Navarro County Sunday afternoon, all now contained, officials said Sunday evening, due in no small part to some timely rain.

    A large fire that was moving toward Mildred and the city of Navarro prompted the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management  to ask people to evacuate at about 4:30 p.m.

    Firefighters first battled a grassfire that started near SE 2040 and SE 2050 in Mildred. That fire burned an estimated 2,300 acres and threatened 45 homes that were all saved.

    There were two reported fires in Corsicana.  The first, the Oak Street Fire, burned near Roane Road and Oak Street.  Eight metal industrial structures and 30 acres were destroyed by the fire. Officials said 50 structures were threatened and saved by firefighters.

    The second fire in Corsicana, the South 7th Fire, burned six acres and threatened 25 homes.  All of the homes were saved.

    There was also a large fire reported in Dawson, about 15 miles southwest of Corsicana along state Highway 31. Officials said about 200 acres were burned there, with no structure threats or losses.

    A red flag warning remains in effect for Navarro County, as well as all of the Metroplex, due to high winds, low humidity and critically dry vegetation.  The warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Monday.

    The Navarro County OEM said 25 Navarro County volunteer fire departments were joined by the Corsicana Fire Department, the Red Cross, the Texas Forest Task Force and more than a dozen other organizatons in responding to Sunday's fire threat.

    NBC 5's Susy Solis contributed to this report.