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Swenson fire partially contained, Salvation Army feeding firefighters

As of 6:07 p.m., The Swenson fire is reported to be 80 percent contained and no longer spreading. But as firefighters continue to work to put out the blaze, the Salvation Army of Lubbock will be there to help and provide emergency disaster services.

"These fires are popping up all over the place, so the Salvation Army is mobilizing statewide," said Lieutenant Brian Mott of the Salvation Army of Lubbock.

The Army is providing relief to the fire that started north of Guthrie Wednesday. The Texas Forest Service said sparks from cutting a pipe ignited the flames that spread to Stonewall, King and Knox counties.

"Looking back at the fire, it looked like a national geographic picture of a volcano going up as the ash fell on a very large area," said Mott.

The TFS said 103,000 acres have burned, including livestock, barns and some homes. That's why volunteer agencies are lending a hand to provide food for those in need.

"The Salvation Army provides that kind of comfort. When the firefighters come back from the home base, they can get a hot meal, cold drink, and it means the world to them," said Mott.

Over the weekend, the group served 430 meals, 264 snacks and 1,227 drinks. They even stayed the night to continue their efforts and saw firsthand a home being saved.

"The firefighters came between 3:30 a.m. and 4:00 a.m. to set a fire in the area so the fire wouldn't burn us up," said Mott.

There is no timeline on when firefighters will be relieved or when the fire will be out. Until then, the Salvation Army will continue to provide help and feed firefighters every single day.

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