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Game Preserve Fire: 4,400 acres continue to burn as evacuation orders lifted | 60% contained

Officials urge residents in the area to still use caution as they work to suppress the fire.

WALKER COUNTY, Texas — Evacuation orders have been lifted as the Game Preserve Fire continues to burn north of Huntsville.

The Texas A&M Forest Service lifted the orders Sunday morning as an estimated 4,400 acres continued to burn. Officials said the fire is now 60% contained.

The Walker County Office of Emergency Management said no homes in several subdivisions had been lost as of Saturday night. All road closures around the fire have been lifted as well.

Daniel Patterson with the Texas A&M Forest Service said at around 5 p.m. on Saturday that the fire was threatening structures, but it was unclear how many. He said no civilian nor firefighter injuries have been reported.

Patterson asked people to be cautious with anything that could start a fire during the holiday weekend.

Crews were working on Saturday to slow the spread of the fire using backburns and bulldozers.

"This is a common firefighting technique to burn off the vegetation," Patterson said. "So when the fire comes through, it runs into an area that's already burned, there's nothing there to burn."

Due to the fire's size, an incident management team from Florida took over the response on Saturday. Officials said it could take several days to get the fire completely contained.

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Watch the update the Texas A&M Forest Service gave at around 5 p.m. Saturday:

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