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Jones County wildfire burns 50 cars, threatens homes

Multiple agencies responded to a two- to three-acre wildfire in Jones County -- just east of the Abilene landfill. The fire burned numerous old vehicles on Private Road 343 and threatened dozens of homes. Photos by Nick Bradshaw/KTXS News

Multiple agencies responded to a five acre wildfire in Jones County -- just east of the Abilene landfill.

The fire -- which started about 1 p.m., burned 50 antique cars on Private Road 343 and threatened several homes.

Steve Tidwell told KTXS the fire was a couple hundred feet from his home.

"First we grabbed the shovel," Tidwell said. "(We) used anything we could find to beat out the flames to keep it from advancing, trying to keep our brush pile from catching on fire."

Tidwell said he could see a black plume from just outside Hawley and didn't know where it was.

"(I) didn't know where it was," Tidwell said.

Linda Tidwell thanks those who helped stamp out the fires.

"We thank them from the bottom of our hearts," she said.

Linda Howard said he called 911.

"Where that little bit of smoke is, that is where it started at, and I called as soon as I could tell that it had spread some," Howard said. "But by the time they got here it had already spread, and these cars out here had started catching on fire, and the tree line and stuff. They didn’t know there was an elderly couple back there."

View from KTXS Tower Camera



The Texas A&M Forest Service was called to assist. Spokesman Phillip Truitt said they sent two bull dozers and a fire engine. But the need for the dozers was canceled before they arrived.

Several volunteer fire departments are also involved.



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