Elmo Weedon Fire Much Larger Than Firefighters Thought

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

Brazos County volunteer Firefighters worked all day Saturday to contain a grass fire near Elmo Weedon Rd, only to have it re-ignite Sunday.

"There's still some light fuels in there and as the wind picks up, the fire gets a good breath of air and off it goes again," said Brazos Co. Volunteer firefighter Greg Cross.

Firefighters originally thought the Elmo Weedon blaze scorched 50 acres. Now, the Texas Forest Service estimates its closer to 145 acres.

"We don't have the resources to try and drench the entire area with water," said Cross. "Its probably going to continue to occur periodically."

Across town, and just three minutes after crews were called to the Elmo Weedon fire, another grass fire popped up in Bryan.

"We could see all the smoke going across Texas Avenue," said Bryan Fire Department Lieutenant Paul Padron.

Firefighters said they first noticed it Sunday morning while on a medical call.

"We could smell it, but we couldn't see anything and we didn't know where it was coming from," said Padron.

Hours later, they located the source, deep in the woods.

"Its very thick back there, its very grueling and its tiring and these guys are working pretty hard back there," said Padron.

On a weekend that kept Brazos County fire crews on their toes, and provided dramatic views from Sky 3, firefighters had a stern warning for everyone in the area.

"The burn ban is in effect and everybody needs to adhere to that, in the city, in the county, everywhere," said Bryan Fire Department Battalion Chief Cory Matthews.

The Texas Forest Service estimates it responded to 13 wildfires over 7100 acres, just on Saturday, and predicts fire fuels like grasses and trees will remain critically dry in February.

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