Navarro County takes stock after wildfire outbreak

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by CYNTHIA VEGA

WFAA

Posted on September 5, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 6 at 1:35 AM

CORSICANA — Finally, fire crews have contained the wildfires that spread across Navarro County with a vengeance on Sunday.

No one was hurt, but there's plenty of damage left behind as residents were just beginning to digest on Monday.

More than 3,000 acres burned in Navarro County due to the wildfires that continued burning through the night.

In the small town of Navarro, Amelia Swanson is grateful she didn't lose her home... or her life.

Forced to evacuate Sunday at a moment's notice, she and her husband are now facing serious losses. As she showed News 8, the wildfires burned her boat, her travel trailer, and thousands of dollars worth of tools her husband uses for his carpentry work.

Across the street, a railroad bridge that began burning Sunday evening is destroyed. Smoke continued to rise from the area around the railroad tracks Monday with firefighters on hand trying to water it all down.

Police forced evacuations in the towns of Mildred and Navarro late Sunday. People in both towns returned home safely Monday to find varying amounts of damage.

At the Corsicana Fire Department, crews are weary from rotating throughout the night to help contain the last of the fires that continues burning within city limits, but is no longer considered to be a threat.

E-mail cvega@wfaa.com

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