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Wise County Burning

(Flag pic taken at Boyd Post Office around 12:30 p.m. )

Just a rumor. Anyone know anything? With these winds, it could get crazy.

Edit: As a commenter pointed out, it's in the Update.

Edit#2: 11:42 This is a phone in post live from the scene: This looks BAD! 114 is shut down in Paradise. Thick smoke is extending all the way across FM 51 where it makes driving hazardous.

Stay tuned for bad pictures.

Looks like firetrucks and Troopers are moving east to cover the scene.

Edit #3: 11:55am Westbound Hwy 114 being diverted to FM 51.

Edit #4: 12:00pm Hearing of unconfirmed rumors of another fire in Chico.

Edit #5: I'm back at the office. I left from Decatur and headed down 51 to 114. It was amazing the amount of smoke that was coming from the Paradise area. Lots of firefighters using that area as a command post. I turned right on 114 to head into Paradise. A frightening amount of smoke. Saw the cops shut down 114 and turn everyone around. The wind had been out of the West but it seems like it was more from the North as time passed. If anyone has any better information or photos, just pass them along. blog2[at]

Edit #6: If I had to GUESS (and this is only a guess), I would think the fire began in or near the blue circle below.

Edit #7: WBAP reported at 1:30 p.m that "300 acres" had been consumed, "14 structures", and that firefighters were battling to keep the fire out of the Stonegate Subdivision.