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Crews Battle Smoky, Wind-Whipped Wildfire

By: Ben Griffin Email
By: Ben Griffin Email
(Photo by Ben Griffin)

(Photo by Ben Griffin)

KILLEEN (February 14, 2014) Firefighters from Killeen and several surrounding departments that are part of Bell County’s West Side Strike Team were battling a smoky wind-whipped wildfire that broke out Friday afternoon in a local neighborhood.

The fire broke out early Friday afternoon off Karen Drive west of Old FM 440 in Killeen.

The vegetation in the area was so dense that trucks couldn’t reach the fire, Killeen Deputy Chief Brian Brank said.

Instead firefighters were using hand tools and pulling hose lines to reach the flames, he said, as they worked to create a break to contain the blaze.

The fire was reported to be contained at around 2:45 p.m. Friday.

No one was injured

The area is under a wind advisory under 6 p.m. Friday.

Forecasters said winds could gust to speeds as high as 35 miles per hour.

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