A large wildfire that began this morning is threatening several homes in Jolly. Firefighters are staged at Shawnee Trail to protect structures as brush trucks work to stop the head of the fire.
Fire fighters from seven departments are battling the blaze, east of Jolly. Departments already on scene are Henrietta, Jolly, Wichita Falls, Petrolia, Dean, Lake Arrowhead and Arrowhead Ranch Estates. As of 3:20 p.m., additional units from Archer County, Wichita County and the Texas Forest Service are expected to join the fight. Red Cross has been notified.
The fire began midmorning Friday with sparking power lines. Units from Henrietta and Jolly had the fire contained to about 40 acres by noon. A rekindle was reported at about 12:45 p.m., jumped a fire guard on the north side, and burned rapidly to the north and west.
Update: Fire burned estimated 500-700 acres.
Update: EMS called for fire fighter. Injuries unknown.
Update: Henrietta fire fighter Jerel Goehring is okay. Suffered from heat exhaustion.
Update: Fire contained.
Update: Fire started on Hwy. 287.