Grass Fire Causes Runway Shutdown At D/FW Airport

Grass Fire Causes Runway Shutdown At D/FW Airport

18 January 2006

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FORT WORTH, Texas — Smoke from the fourth grass fire to break out Tuesday wafted across a runway at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and caused incoming and outgoing flights to be diverted to different runways. The fire caused minimal alterations to flight schedules, according to an airport spokesman. The grass fire on the north side of the airport also caused one lane of an airport service road to be closed down to airportvehicles.

Firefighters from the airport’s fire unit brought the blaze “largely under control” by about 4 p.m., according to David Magana, spokesman for D/FW Airport. He said airport officials had not yet estimated the amount of land burned by the fire.

The airport’s fire unit responded to the grass fire within a brief time from when it ignited about 3:30 p.m., Magana said. The responding station is located on the north end of the airport, and fire vehicles cut across a tarmac to reach the blaze, Magana said.

Johnson County

A large grass fire threatened homes in Johnson County while another moved through a park near Lake Benbrook Tuesday afternoon.

Homeowners used hoses, frantically trying to keep flames from engulfing their homes on Gentle Springs in Joshua, located about one mile east of Joshua High School.

Some yards were completely charred, but the brick homes were spared.

High winds also fueled flames at Holiday Park on the west side of Lake Benbrook.

The fire broke out Tuesday afternoon in the 11500 block of Lake View.

Fort Worth Fires

The Fort Worth Fire Department battled two grass fires that broke out late Tuesday morning in south Fort Worth.

The fires charred an area at Hemphill and Alta Mesa, near Interstates 20 and 35W.

One of the fires was not far from homes, though no homes were threatened. 


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