Over 700 Acres Burned in Large Fire South of Sweetwater; Homes Evacuated; No Injuries Reported

By: 
JOSEPH GRANT
Head Senior Writer

A massive fire broke out over the weekend, south of Sweetwater off of Highway 70. The blaze was the result of two fires that joined together, then with the blowing winds, spread to ten separate fires which have now burned over 700 acres. The fire has nearly doubled in size, as it was only early on Sunday that the fire had burned 450 acres.
The fire was located at the bottom of Nine Mile Hill fire and has been dubbed “The Nine Mile Hill Fire”.
In addition to the fire, firefighters had to make certain that several homes were evacuated in Nolan County along County Road 214 between Highway 70 and 1809. Some residents were allowed back into their homes Sunday morning.
The rough terrain didn’t help matters. It was reported that two trucks from the Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department broke down as a result of the uneven, rocky terrain.
Texas A & M Forest Service also assisted Sweetwater Fire Department in helping to contain the fire by using four bulldozers and a helicopter to build a defensive fire line.
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