Traffic reopened on I-20 in Harrison County in wildfire area

Published: Jul. 29, 2022 at 4:09 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2022 at 10:55 PM CDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A wildfire in Harrison County had officials rerouting traffic on I-20 between Longview and Hallsville Friday afternoon.

As of 7:30 p.m., I-20 has reopened to traffic.

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Heather Deaton, the public information officer for the Atlanta district of TxDOT said westbound traffic is being diverted onto FM 450. Deaton said that could change as this is a developing situation.

Forest Service Public Information Officer Sean Dugan reports the fire to be 14 acres and now 100 percent contained.

Forest Service Public Information Officer Sean Dugan said the fire is mainly in the median, but he said an expected shift in the wind has potential for the fire to jump the highway. Dugan said the westbound side of I-20 is backed up about 45 minutes. He said it is not known how long the fire will affect traffic. He said there is low visibility in both directions on the interstate.

Dugan said the Forest Service has dispatched a bulldozer and a five-man crew from out of state to the fire.

Google Maps shows several reported closures between Longview and Hallsville.

The Texas A&M Forest Service reports the fire to be 10 acres and 50 percent contained.

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