Two Counties, Two Fires, One Cause

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What started out as land clearing turned in to a wildfire in Southeast Madison County.

Volunteer fire fighters answered a call shortly after 4pm Friday as a large grass fire on Lou Bee Lane was spreading. After a two-hour battle and more than 20 scorched acres, it was brought under control. It's believed the fire started as a brush burn that got out of hand.

Same song, different verse in Grimes County. Authorities say workers were clearing property around 4 this afternoon on property off County Road 215. What was supposed to be a controlled burn got out of hand and quickly spread.

About five acres were burned before volunteer fire fighters with help from the Texas Forestry Service were able to put it out.