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Wood County officials have large wildfire contained

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Late Tuesday evening, Wood County officials told us the wildfire that has been burning for two days is 100 percent contained. 

The fire burned at least sixty acres off of County Road 4570 outside of Winnsboro.

Buried in a heavily wooded area, the fire traveled between creeks and brush making it difficult for firefighters to reach the front lines.

 "The wind picks it up and its gusts and change the direction. Part of that is what caused it to split...that and the creek bed," explained Wood County's Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator Randy Selman.

With two separate fires to battle and no clear view, firefighters asked for our help...specifically Chopper 7. 

Not long after this request, the Selman had an aerial view of just how much of Wood County was on fire. 

"After our fly over, I want to think there's about sixty acres, maybe seventy," Selman told us.

He thinks part of this acreage has been on fire for two days.

"We believe it started at a brush pile where somebody was burning brush south of us at a deer camp. There's reports there was smoke coming from that area day before yesterday from the neighborhood,"Selman explained. 

When the fire spread, it put one East Texas family in danger of losing everything.

"We advised them to evacuate and they decided to wait and see. With what the bulldozers have done now at the head of the fire, I think we'll be able to contain it and not have to do any more evacuations," Selman said. 

He says the recent rain helped prevent the fire from spreading even further, despite the strong winds. 

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Crews are on the scene of a large fire in a wooded area in eastern Wood County.

Officials tell us the fire off of CR 4570 involves approximately 60 acres at this time, and is currently threatening one home. 

Authorities say they believe the fire was started by residents burning trash.

The Perryville, Ogburn and Winnsboro fire departments, as well as the Forest Service with several dozers are working the blaze.

KLTV has a crew on the way to the scene and will post more information and photos as soon as they become available. Stay tuned to KLTV.com for the very latest.

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