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Update on the Bridge Creek Fire outside of Keller


The Bridge Creek Fire 13 miles north of Keller was only 29 percent contained and had grown to 2,640 acres, officials reported Wednesday.

The fire was caused by lightning and over 450 personnel are assigned to it.

Officials stated that a strong front is expected to pass over the area on Thursday with wind gusts up to 25 mph. Temperatures are expected to drop 10 degrees or more, and very dry air will move into the area. After the front moves over the area, the 8- to 14-day weather outlook calls for higher-than-average temperatures.

Resources to fight the fire include nine line crews, 22 engines, seven dozers, 17 water tenders, four skidgens (soft tracks that cause less environmental damage), four masticators (attached to cats to cut forest in-growth) and five feller-bunchers (type of harvester used in logging).

In aircraft, one heavy helicopter, two medium helicopters, one light helicopter, and other aircraft are assigned to the fire as they become available.

People who drive in the area were cautioned to be careful because of smoke.

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