HAMILTON COUNTY, Texas (FOX 44) – UPDATE: The Texas A&M Forest Service reported Friday that the Dry Branch Fire in Hamilton County is 1,407 acres, and is 100 percent contained.
The organization said on social media Friday morning that there was a decrease in acreage due to more accurate mapping. Crews constructed lines around the fire, and focused on patrol and mop up throughout Friday.
This came after the Texas A&M Forest Service reported on Thursday night that the fire was 85 percent contained. Dozers were working to tie in containment lines at the head of the fire. Crews continued to patrol and monitor the fire.
This fire grew to an estimated 4,000 acres. Ground resources and aviation addressed hotspots across the area of the fire. Engine crews continued with structure protection.
Hamilton County Sheriff Justin Caraway posted on social media Wednesday evening that residents were asked to voluntarily evacuate their homes in the areas of County Road 511 and Farm to Market 2005 to Farm to Market 1047. Lots of smoke was seen at this time, and it was also reported the fire was moving slower.
Sheriff Caraway posted an update Wednesday night saying the Forestry Service estimated the fire was approximately 4,000 acres, with 15 percent containment. The wind died down, which made things more manageable for firefighters to extinguish the flames.
Voluntary evacuation was still in play for the County Road 511 and Farm to Market 2005 to Farm to Market 1047 areas. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene.