Smoke wafting over parts of northeast Houston from wildfire in Anahuac refuge

ANAHUAC, Texas – Smoke wafts over parts of northeast Houston from a large wildfire in the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.

Crews have been battling the fire since Tuesday. Officials expect the fire to produce a lot of smoke throughout the day as they work to extinguish it.

Tim Cooper, of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the fire started about 10 p.m. Monday and scorched about 150 acres. He said about 1,500 acres had been burned by Tuesday afternoon.

Officials said about 2,200 acres have burned as of Wednesday

Officials said the fire is about 50% contained and entirely within the refuge. Officials are bringing in a fire suppression helicopter in hopes the fire will be under control by Wednesday evening.

No injuries and no structural damage has been reported.

Cooper said firefighters from other wildlife refuges and wildland specialists are assisting in the wildfire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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