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More Than 100 Firefighters Help Contain Denton County Grass Fire

Madeline Schmitt & Brian New | CBSDFW.com |

DENTON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – More than a hundred firefighters from thirteen departments helped contain a 75-acre brush fire Sunday on the west side of Lake Lewisville.

As of 9 p.m. Sunday, the fire was 95 percent contained.

Denton County Fire Chief Jody Gonzalez said firefighters have dug a 5-foot-wide fire line around the burning area.

In a testament to the severity of the drought, the fire started at the bottom of a dried-out creek and made its way to the bottom of Lake Lewisville just west of FM 2499 bridge.

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Wake buoys that once floated on top of the water at Lake Lewisville were burned to a crisp.

That caused FM 2499 between Orchid Hill Lane and FM 2181 to closed earlier in the day, according to Highland Village police.

(credit: Barry Blonstein/CBS 11 News)

(credit: Barry Blonstein/CBS 11 News)

No homes were evacuated, although teams were at the ready to take a defensive approach if flames come too close a nearby neighborhood.

Neighbors in the area said smoke filled the air Sunday afternoon.

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