131 Acres Burned in Grimes County Fire, Crews Still Working to Control It

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A wildfire that erupted in Grimes County Friday afternoon has burned 130 acres and fire officials say it has yet to be 100-percent controlled.

In a matter of three days fire officials say 131 acres are scorched from a wildfire that ignited off County Road 306 in what's now called the Dogwood Gulch area in Grimes County.

"The pasture was just blowing and going when the fire hit the ground,” said John Warner of the Texas A&M Forest Service.

Warner says hot embers were rekindled from the same fire that erupted in that same area nearly one month ago.

“Some of the snags re-ignited and what they're doing is when these large gusts come through, you know 20mph winds, it's just igniting it and blowing the sparks into unburned fuel,” Warner said.

With those kind of conditions, more resources were called in -- some even from West Texas.

"When the fire started there were over 12 different fire departments from all over the region here," said Warner.

Monday morning a task force with the Texas A&M Forest Service was busy bulldozing chopping and sawing down the threat in the epicenter of where it began. When it erupted Friday afternoon, it threatened homes and structures in the rural and heavily wooded area. One homeowner had to evacuate after flames spread within 20 feet of her home.

“Everybody is prepared now, if they see any fire they jump on it real quick and everyone takes it serious,” said Warner. “We had the Dyer Mill wildfire right on top of the Riley Road fire, which they also call the tri-county area, so all the residents are very sensitive to anything fire-wise and so I think it's a very good learning tool because if they see anything fire-related they jump on it real quick.”

Fire officials say it is 100-percent contained, which means as of now, it's no longer spreading, and however several crews will remain on deck for the next several days to control it.

"They are here now doing mop-up, knocking down tall trees with snags that could lead to more ignitions and un-burned fuel,” said Warner.

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