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3 firefighters injured as crews battle brush fires in Parker, Hood counties

Crews were battling growing fires in several North Texas counties Wednesday.

Three firefighters were treated for injuries as crews battled a growing grass fire in Hood County Wednesday afternoon. 

Crews were working a fire in the 8300 block of Colony Road near Tolar. 

According to the Texas A&M Forest Service, the fire was approximately 450 acres and 20% contained as of 8:30 p.m.

According to officials, three firefighters on the scene were injured and one was airlifted to the hospital. 

The Forest Service said one firefighter suffered burn injuries and was airlifted to Parkland hospital in Dallas. The other two firefighters suffered heat injuries and were treated on scene. All three were firefighters from Hood County.

The firefighter who was hospitalized was from the Cresson Volunteer Fire Department.

Officials say the fire started from a group of workers who were welding in the area. Winds pushed the fire north.

Adam Turner of the Texas A&M Forest Service said the current drought and heat conditions make fires start easier and quicker.

"Welding can cause fires, but at the same time, it is a livelihood. It's pretty hard to tell somebody don't go out and do your job," Turner said.

Flames also burned a firefighting truck, according to officials

 

Crews also battled a brush fire in Millsap, officials said Wednesday afternoon. 

The Parker County fire is in the 200 block of Wilson Bend Road, near S. Farm to Market Road 113.

The area is between Millsap Elementary School and Midpoint Chapel.

According to officials, the fire grew to just a little under 15 acres and at least one structure was damaged. The fire was contained Wednesday afternoon.

This is a developing story, check back for updates. 

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