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UPDATE: From the Office of Emergency Management – July 20, 2022

July 20, 2022 – 6:30 A.M. – The East County Line Fire near Terrell on FM 2965 is still an active scene. The fire is approximately 40% contained and is still burning. The fire started on Tuesday, July 19 and grew throughout the day. One firefighter suffered a heat-related injury but was treated and released. No structures have been damaged or destroyed but about 500 acres of grassland have burned. There are 12 structures in the area that are compromised but have been protected so far. Steve Howie, Kaufman County Emergency Operations Manager reports that more than a dozen Kaufman County agencies, City Fire Departments and Volunteer Fire Departments are assisting with this event.

Watch here for updates.

July 19, 2022 – 9:30 P.M. – Firefighters are still on the scene at the East County Line Fire near Terrell on FM 2965 and the Office of Emergency Management reports that there are still more than a dozen Kaufman County volunteer fire departments are in place as well as the city fire departments from Crandall, Kaufman, Forney and Terrell. Outside department help came from Sunnyvale and Wills Point.

The Kaufman County Sheriff’s Department and the Texas Forest Service assisted along with Kaufman County Precinct 3 maintenance crews.

The public is asked to avoid all roads in that area unless they live on FM 2965. Officials want residents in that area to remain on heightened alert in case an evacuation is needed. The fire is only 40% contained and will more than likely be burning after midnight.

No structures have been destroyed or damaged and there has been only one heat-related injury of a fireman reported. He was treated and released.

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5:45 P.M. UPDATE: The East County Line fire near Terrell along FM 2965 continues to burn. More than 15 agencies are responding, so it’s extremely urgent to avoid the area. Thank you for your understanding.

3:30 P.M. – For your safety and the safety of first responders, avoid the areas near Terrell on FM 2965 and FM 2728, north if I-20 where two active fires are underway. First responders need space to fight these fires and maneuver their equipment. Watch here for updates. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.