Grimes Co. Land Scorched After Afternoon Fire

Fire officials have an extensive fire under control after it ripped through some 150 acres of Grimes County land.

The call came to authorities around 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. Six different organizations responded to the scene, about 10 miles southeast of Bedias.

In order to contain the blaze, back burns were set to cut off the fire, and bulldozers cut six foot deep trenches around the perimeter to prevent it from spreading any further. Those measures proved effective, as the fire was stopped a few hours later.

The back burns continued, lighting up the back roads as the afternoon turned to evening. Fire officials remained on the scene to monitor the land, all in a smoke haze that trimmed visibility to less than 10 yards by the early evening. Officials say that smoke should remain prevalent through tomorrow.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, but say it is very possible that a burn went wrong. A burn ban remains in effect for Grimes County, as well as surrounding counties.

No injuries were reported, and no buildings were damaged, officials said.

This is the second major fire in the Brazos Valley in the last 30 days. Brazos County firefighters kept a brush burn gone bad to 300 acres of damage in a fire so fast moving, the city of Bryan could have been impacted if not for a speedy response.


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