Wildfire in Palo Pinto County Nearly Under Control

The Surprise Fire is now 80 percent contained

Palo Pinto County

Crews made major progress on the Surprise Fire that has burned approximately 4,500 acres in Palo Pinto County since Monday.

Officials say the fire is 80 percent contained

The Forest Service said ground crews constructed a fire line, while others worked to protect buildings. So far, several buildings have been threatened, but none have burned.

Multiple types of aircraft are also helping to fight the fire. Officials said the rugged and hilly terrain is making the job tougher for crews, who used bulldozers to cut paths for better access to the fire.

Parker County

Parker County Judge Mark Riley has declared a local state of disaster due to the imminent threat to life and property from wildfires and has banned the use of all fireworks in Parker County.

The Texas Disaster Act allows County Judges to ban the use of fireworks during a disaster for up to 60 hours. The act allows for the governor to extend the ban.

Violation of this order is a Class C Misdemeanor and could result in a fine of up to $500 plus court costs and the seizure of the fireworks.

Hood County

A separate fire Monday burned about 200 acres in Hood County and was 100 percent contained by 9 p.m., according to the county's fire marshal.

The fire damaged one structure and did not injure any civilians or firefighters. No livestock were harmed.

It took all the volunteer fire departments in Hood County to help battle the blaze, and the Granbury Police Department, Sheriff's Office and Texas Game Warden chipped in as well.

The fire started along Highway 377 in Granbury and spread north from Granbury Airport.

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