Coryell County Fire Burns 5,000 Acres of Land, Still Active

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The first responders are keeping an eye on grass fire that burned about 5,000 acres of land in Coryell County since Wednesday. 

The fire around Harmon Rd. tripled in size overnight. 

So far no has reported any injuries or structural damages. 

Voluntary evacuations have been lifted and all roads are now open. 

People were welcome to stay at Gatesville’s King Baptist Church if needed. 

About 100 homes were threatened. 

Kathy VanVleet, who has a property on Harmon Rd. says about 400 acres of her land burned. 

Now her front yard serves as a base camp for the first responders. 

“If my mother was here she would be making tea, baking cookies, making sure everybody was eating,” says VanVleet.  

She is glad her house and barns were not touched.  

VanVleet says this fire was actually a blessing in disguise for her as her family has been planning on clearing that property anyway and tearing down the gates. 

Deputy Chief Gary Young with the Copperas Cove Fire Department says, “There are still some hot spots, there is still some smoldering and such, so right now the incident is deemed 30 percent contained.”

Young says the cause of this fire is under investigation, however, it doesn’t take a lot for a grass fire to spark with very high temperatures, very low humidity and everything so dry and brown. 

VanVleet says, “I was devastated at first looking at everything, but I was relieved, we thankfully have no animals, we didn’t lose any hay.”

While she lives in China Spring area, it is her son that lives on this property.  

She says,”It came within a foot, it came to the edge of the big tractor shed so they got it out in time.” 

Vanvleet is proud to live in the community that comes together in times like these. 

The firefighters say they are very grateful for all the donations, such as water and snacks but they are now overwhelmed and are asking for the community to stop bringing more. 

Texas A&M Forest Service has been assisting with their planes spraying fire retardant on the land. 

You can sign up for alerts from Coryell County Emergency Management, for details click here. 

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