VELMA — Update: 4:15 p.m. Firefighters from numerous Stephens County communities provided mutual aid to Velma Volunteer Fire Department earlier today as a fire erupted near homes and other structures south of Weaver Chapel Road. No information is yet available on the status of the structures, but as the firefighters were getting the fire knocked down, another fire, a reported structure/home fire, could be seen burning east of Velma.
Several fire trucks left the scene of the first fire to go to that fire. Also, Carter County had called for assistance on a fire of unknown size.
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• Numerous area fire departments battle ever growing wildfire blaze just west of Midway Truck Stop on State Highway 7.
• Four structures have been involved - details unavailable on extent of damage to those structures at this time.
• Fire departments continue to arrive at 2:35 p.m.
• Multiple agencies are on the scene
• Velma is in command of overall scene.
• Black smoke billowing from the fire is from farm equipment and other unknown items.
• Tankers, brush trucks and fire engines are on scene from Velma, Ratfliff City, Loco, Comanche, Empire, Duncan, Meridian - others to be identified as they become known. Oak Ridge also arrived on scene.
• Velma EMT is standing by if assistance is needed.
• Stephens County Undersheriff John Smith said those are the only details he could provide at this time. People need to avoid the area if at all possible at this time. Traffic is starting to back up on Highway 7. Traffic is asked to find alternate route.