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July 5, 2013

Firefighters battle state park blaze

By CLINT FOSTER | Lone Star News Group

MINERAL WELLS – A large wildfire burned part of Mineral Wells Lake State Park and Trailway Friday afternoon along Maddux Road, just north of U.S. Highway 180.

The blaze seemed to bookend several area fires that began Wednesday and burned in the days around Independence Day.

Members of the Mineral Wells Volunteer Fire Department snuffed out the flames that burned part of the trailway, including a large tract of foliage and grass. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

MWVFD Assistant Chief Quincy Murphy said they had to fight the fire for a couple of hours before it was finally under control. The main issue was that most of the flames were hard to get to and eradicate because they were blocked by trees and shrubs.

Mineral Wells and area fire crews were definitely kept busy during this year's Fourth of July holiday.

Palo Pinto County Fire Marshal Buddy Harwell said that from Wednesday afternoon until 2 a.m. Friday morning, there were 12 or 13 fires in the county, not including a house fire in Strawn that Harwell called "suspicious." He said of the 12 fires reported, he expects "probably 90 percent were fireworks related."

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