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Kerr County firefighters gain upper hand on fire near Comfort, Center Point

The fire is now 50% contained.

Firefighters have gained the upper hand on a fast-moving fire that threatened homes in eastern Kerr County on Saturday afternoon.

The Sakewitz Fire, named for its origin near Sakewitz Road near Comfort, was 50% contained Saturday night, with 80 firefighters remaining on the scene, according to the Kerr County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office didn't say when full containment and control were expected.

The fire started around noon just west of Comfort and northwest of Center Point. Firefighters worked the first from Wilson Creek Road, where the fire burned in areas of heavy cedar trees. The dry conditions and sometimes gusty winds helped move the fire westward.

The sheriff's office said the county's volunteer fire departments were bolstered by the Texas Forest Service, which provided two bulldozers and a helicopter. Augmenting the response was three privately-owned bulldozers.

While the fire threatened structures, firefighters kept the fire away from homes. The sheriff's office said the fire destroyed a pump house and two stock trailers.

The sheriff's office said the scene was still active and urged the public to stay clear of the area.


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