COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - A large grass fire broke out Monday afternoon in Parker County, just west of Fort Worth. Firefighters say it was power lines that sparked the blaze.
The fire closed two interstates, and threatened hundreds of homes. The fire is now contained, but more than twenty one hundred acres were burned. The Texas A&M Forest Service was dispatched to help fight those flames and the fire was contained within a couple of hours, but not before many in the path of it had to be evacuated.
"Two schools were evacuated on that Parker County fire. Along with those evacuations, crews had to combat the fires directly with both the engines and the bulldozers. Luckily, the winds died down in the evening, and that gave those firefighters a chance to get those fires contained before hurting anyone or losing any structures," said Phillip Truitt with the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Statewide, nine separate fires burned nearly three thousand acres Monday afternoon across Texas. They ranged from a small 14 acre fire in Jasper County, to that large fire in Parker County. Multiple counties experienced grass fires yesterday: Anderson, Jasper, Wichita, Parker, Denton, Grayson, Gillespie, and Wise County.
Here in the Brazos Valley, Leon County also had a small grass fire develop Monday afternoon, but the fire was quickly contained by firefighters. The blaze burned approximately twenty eight acres before being contained.
Fortunately, those fires are contained. However, Truitt cautioned that we are far from finished with wildfire season.
"As we are getting into the Spring from the Winter months, this is our typical fire season for Texas. All the brown grass you see is dormant, and we call it a one hour fuel, meaning with one hour of low humidity and high wind, it can be ready to burn," said Truitt.
Spring is right around the corner and this season could be a bit more active than usual, as much of Texas is under some level of drought as of late last week.