Multiple fires torch county

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, March 17, 2018
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Fiery Scene

FIERY SCENE – A Chico brush truck races across a field to battle a blaze on County Road 1430 Friday afternoon. The blaze torched 60 to 80 acres. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Multiple grass fires broke out in Wise County Friday afternoon on a critical fire danger day.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth issued a Red Flag Warning early Friday morning. By the early afternoon with temperatures in the low 80s and humidity levels in the low teens, fires began to spark, consuming large swaths of dry vegetation.

Firefighters from Bridgeport, Alvord, Chico, Paradise, Sand Flat and Crafton fought a 60- to 80-acre fire on County Road 1340.

“I’m sure of the cause yet,” said Wise County Fire Marshal Jeff Doughty. “We got it extinguished. Several structures were threatened, but no structures were lost.”

Cars Burned

CARS BURNED – A grass fire on Private Road 4732 destroyed two cars. Firefighters were able to protect several structures. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

East Wise, Rhome, Newark, Boyd, Justin and Haslet firefighters responded to a fire on Private Road 4732 just south of Farm Road 407. Multiple vehicles were destroyed. Firefighters were able to protect a trailer home.

Multiple agencies also responded to a large grass fire in the 1000 block of El Rancho Rio near Bridgeport.

Fire conditions were expected to improve over the weekend. There’s a chance for severe weather Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to high 70s.

An elevated fire risk could return Monday with strong northwest winds between 15 to 25 mph.

Earlier in the week, Wise County commissioners renewed the burn ban, prohibiting burning on Red Flag or elevated fire risk days.

Joe Duty contributed to this report.

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