Brazos County fire departments deal with multiple fires Thursday

Published: Jan. 4, 2018 at 10:50 PM CST
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Multiple fires were reported in Brazos County Thursday. Local departments were busy with both grass and structure fires.

Brazos County Precinct 4 Volunteer Fire Chief Kenneth DeVries blames a large grass fire on current weather conditions.

He and his crew put out a 25 acre grass fire on Pleasant Hill Road, just off of Highway 21, after a controlled burn got out of control.

"All the grass is totally dried out. This makes for less than ideal firefighting conditions," said DeVries.

He added that because of the cold fronts, all of the humidity and moisture has been driven out. The grass, light sticks, and brush now light up increasingly quicker.

In addition to grass fires, there were also structure fires. An RV went up in flames near downtown Bryan. DeVries said any kind of fire, on a dry day like Thursday, becomes more of a challenge.

"The wind doesn't help. We've had shifty wind conditions throughout the day. We could be fighting it one second and the next thing it could be turned around its blowing right back towards us," said DeVries.

As for controlled burns during this dry part of the winter, DeVries urges people to hold off, especially if they don't take the proper precautions.

"If you don't have a hard line fire line put in with a bulldozer, we highly suggest that you do not burn your pasture during this time period. The weather conditions are ideal for these fires to grow really fast really quick," said DeVries.

Currently there are no burn bans in effect for the Brazos Valley.