Cause of Walker County Wildfire May Be Suspicious

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

Fire officials are calling a 300 acre wildfire in Walker County suspicious. According to a report released by the Texas Forest Service children may be to blame for starting the fire.

The blaze broke out Tuesday night in Crabbs Prairie, just outside of Huntsville. At least three fire departments worked on the fire overnight and other agencies were called in to help.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire was almost out. Fire officials tell us 21 homes were saved, but some of them barely missed the wrath of the raging wildfire.

News Three talked to several homeowners who consider themselves lucky.

"It was terrifying it really was," Walker County Resident Patti Freeze said. "It was just rolling so fast."

A wildfire broke out Tuesday evening and raged out of control

"All of a sudden the wind shifted and it came fast," Freeze said. "It came through the back of the horse pasture and rolled in."

However, as quick as it moved the first time, it changed directions again. This time stopping inches from Patti's home.

"It was really a blessing," Freeze said.

Down the road Ronnie Campbell also experienced the fright of his life.

"It finally caught up with us and it barely was put out before it reached our house," Campbell said. "I was a little scared, I admit it."

The blaze started smoldering overnight, and by morning it was almost out completely. However, fire crews remained on guard Wednesday morning. They burned fuel that could re-ignite a dangerous blaze.

"You just got to knock those hot spots close to the line out because a little bit of wind is all it takes," Jim Davis with the Texas Forest Service said.

This is something Patti now knows all too well.

"The trees will grow back, the fences can be replaced," Freeze said. "You can't replace your lives you can't replace your home and all of your treasures, you know."

The Texas Forest Service tells us that this fire was high intensity. At one point firefighters almost stopped fighting it because it was just too hot. Crews were close to pulling out for their own safety.

The Texas Forest Service says we're three weeks away from the height of fire season, meaning the situation we're seeing now, could get even worse.

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