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Crews responding to large grass fire in Runnels County Thursday afternoon

According to the Wingate Volunteer Fire Department, there are 13 agencies, including the Texas Forest Service on at the location.
Credit: Texas A&M Forest Service

RUNNELS COUNTY, Texas — UPDATE- According to Fire Coordinator Tyler Brown with The Texas A&M Forest Service as of 3 p.m. the fire at the intersection of 153 and FM 2647 is now being called the Old Lake Fire. It is approximately 300 acres. Multiple fire departments and The Texas Forest Service are on the scene. Containment is estimated at 25 percent.

Multiple agencies have responded to a large grass fire, the Old Lake Fire, in Runnels County Thursday afternoon.

John Pierik, Wingate Volunteer Fire Department assistant chief, said the fire started at 153 and MF 2647. He said high winds pushed the fire quickly south through fields and pastures over several miles of land.

Pierik said at least 12 agencies, plus the Texas Forest Service, are on the scene where structures have been threatened, but none have been destroyed at this time.

The Texas Forest Service tweeted from its Incident Information account that the forest service has responded to a request for assistance with the fire, which is an estimated 60 acres and zero percent contained.