JASPER COUNTY, Texas (KETK) — The Texas A&M Forest Service is on the scene of a fire in Jasper County called the Shearwood Creek Fire. The fire is reportedly 3,562 acres and 95% contained as of 9 a.m. on Monday.
Jasper County Judge Mark W. Allen issued a declaration of disaster on Friday in response to the fire which has reportedly destroyed up to six houses in the area. The declaration has activated the Jasper County Emergency Management Plan.
According to the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office, on Thursday the wildfire crossed onto FM 255 near CR 3900 and CR 3930. Several structures have reportedly been destroyed and more are in danger.
Anyone who lives in the area from the Neches River to Hwy 63 on FM 255, is asked to “EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THIS AREA,” according to a post from the sheriff’s office.
The following roads were closed Thursday due to the fire:
- East/west SH 63 from HWY 255 to Jasper County Line Road
- East/west Hwy 255 from SH 63 to the Neches River
The sheriff’s office reported SH 63 was back open Friday morning.
According to Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire is exhibiting “extreme fire behavior.” Crews are set up on the scene to protect structures and aviation assets are assisting with dropping water down to help put out the fire.