A tree was blown over after high winds ripped through Breckenridge Sunday. The high winds were the cause of several fires, including a wildfire that continues to burn in north eastern Stephens County. (Cheri Bates)
Texas A&M Forest Service has been called in for a fire in northeastern Stephens County. Breckenridge Fire Chief Calvin Chaney said three dozers with the Texas A&M Forest Service were on site to help contain the fire before winds shifted to the north ahead of an approaching front. As of Tuesday, the fire has scorched 185 acres in an area near CR 179. In the fire all structures were safe and no injuries have been reported. Caddo VFD, Waylanf VFD, Hubbard Creek VFD, Salt Creek VFD, Eliasville VFD and firefighters with the Breckenridge Fire Department have been fighting the fire at various periods. Chaney said 13 trucks and 25 firmen/volunteers were fighting the fire at its highest peak. According to Chaney the cause of the fire was power lines getting caught in trees due to the recent high winds. Yesterday, winds reached upwards of 45 mph in gusts, causing trees to be toppled over at residences in Breckenridge and in Stephens County. Chaney said power lines in trees have been the cause of rcent fires on FM 1148, FM 3253, CR 132 and Eliiot Street. All those fire were quickly extinguished.