Fire Danger Expected to Increase

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

The Robertson County Sheriff's Department continues its investigation into a wild grass fire that broke out Saturday.

It is still unclear whether the fire was intentionally set.

Firefighters from seven different units were called in to help put out the flames that started eight miles North of Calvert, near Highway 6.

So, after this latest incident, News Three asked the Texas Forest Service if we are going to see more grass fires in the near future.

"We're probably going to be seeing temperatures in the mid 90's," Tom Spencer with the Texas Forest Service said. "It doesn't look like the rain forecast at least for the short term, even the mid-term looks very favorable for rain. We're probably going to see fire danger remain elevated in this area, if not worsen."

The Texas Forest Service says conditions in Brazos County will likely worsen over the next 14 days. The agency predicts an extreme drought situation.

In the News Three viewing area, there are currently 11 counties under an outdoor burn ban.

That includes Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Lee, Leon, Madison, Robertson, Walker, Waller and Washington.

Across the state, 114 counties are under a burn ban and that number could rise.

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