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Smoke billows over the Ghost Branch Road fire near Glendale. COURTESY PHOTOSmoke billows over the Ghost Branch Road fire near Glendale. COURTESY PHOTO

By Tony Farkas
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GLENDALE — Crews from across Trinity County worked to battle a 250-plus acre forest fire that broke out on Ghost Branch Road on Monday.

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service incident website, the fire was 100 percent contained as of Tuesday morning.

Keith Johnson, assistant fire chief for Trinity Fire and Rescue, said the homes in the area were threatened, but ultimately firefighters were able to keep the blaze from damaging structures.

Johnson said that firefighters from Trinity VFD, Pennington VFD, Groveton VFD, 356 VFD and Friday VFD all responded for mutual aid with brush trucks and tankers to battle the blaze.

Additionally, the Texas Forest Service provided bulldozers to create fire breaks and helicopters for fire control; later, super scooper planes that pick up water from area lakes were brought in, and two jetliners were dropping fire retardant.

Altogether, TFS provided one helicopter and five aircraft, and crews with other brush trucks and medical teams were there as well.

Johnson said that DPS, TxDOT, Sheriff’s Office, county constables, and County Judge Danny Martin also were there to provide assistance.

No injuries were reported.

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