Liberty Co. wildfire contained; mandatory evacuations lifted

September 14, 2011 2:24:54 PM PDT
A new wildfire in Liberty County has now been contained and some residents near Plum Grove who had been under mandatory evacuation are being allowed back to their homes Wednesday afternoon.

The mandatory evacuation of residents living on County Roads 3471 through 3475 has now been lifted. Fire officials were working a forest fire that began near the intersection of County Road 347 and FM 1010 in the community of Plum Grove, which is located approximately six miles south of Cleveland, Texas.

According to fire officials and investigators at the scene, the incident started as a structure fire, then the blaze spread to brush and woods. Three mobile homes were burned and officials are trying to determine whether anybody was living in the trailers at the time.

Fire officials say they are trying to determine cause of the fire, and are investigating the possibility that the original fire was intentionally set.

There were no injuries. Fire equipment is still on the scene taking care of flare-ups.

Initially, officials called for voluntary evacuations in the face of the fire that began at about 11am, but by 1pm the evacuations became mandatory and residents were told to take shelter at the Plum Grove City Hall. The mandatory evacuations were lifted at 2:30pm.

Stay with ABC13 Eyewitness News for the latest on this developing story.

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