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Texas firefighter 'putting his life on the line' shares video of Chalk Mountain Fire

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Posted at 9:45 PM, Jul 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-07-19 16:35:05-04

Taylor Smith with the Hico Volunteer Fire Department is just one of many firefighters "putting his life on the line" while working the massive Chalk Mountain Fire in Somervell County, according to his wife Shea Smith.

Smith's husband was on scene Monday, in a video shared with 25 News. Fire crews can be heard asking for additional assistance on the scanner in the footage.

The fire just southwest of Glen Rose was so intense that the smoke plume created a thunderstorm, according to the Texas Storm Chasers.

"When the plume collapses this evening, there may be strong and erratic winds near the fire," said Texas Storm Chasers. "It takes extreme fire behavior to produce such a PyroCU."

The 1,000-acre fire is zero percent contained at this time, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.

A significant risk for wildfires may continue through Wednesday across much of Texas, said Texas Storm Chasers.

The Somervell County Fire Department said numerous agencies are assisting with the fire along with the Texas Forest Service.

"Please be aware of emergency vehicles in the area and please stay off the roads and out of the way as they fight this fire," said the fire department in a post-Monday evening.