Firefighters Stay Busy – Multiple Grass Fires Keep Crews Working

Firefighters Stay Busy – Multiple Grass Fires Keep Crews Working

17 March 2008

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Texas, USA — A windy weekend has kept firefighers from all over West Texas busy, as they battled multiple grass fires, including one in Crane County. Crews were called out to the fire, which sparked up about 12 miles south of Penwell, just after 4 p.m. Sunday, a dispatcher from the Odessa Fire Department said.

As of press time Sunday, officials did not know how many acres had been burned or if any structures were threatened.

“We do not have any of that at this time, we’re still trying to get the fire out,” volunteer firefighter Santiago Ortega said. “At this time we’re extremely busy.”

According to Ortega at least seven other fire departments were working to contain the blaze.

Also on Sunday a grass fire sparked up in Midland County near Highway 158, just 10 miles south of Midland.

According to the Texas Forest Service Lonestar Team public information officer, Lewis Kearney, 20 homes were threatened from that fire.

Crews were still on the scene as of 10:30 p.m. Sunday.

In Pecos County, the Porter fire destroyed 30,000 acres since it first broke out Friday, Kearney said.

“There were 12 homes threatened initially,” Kearney said. “But that is not the case right now — there were no evacuations.”

Kearney said 20 percent of the fire has been contained, and expects conditions to improve.

“Right now it looks good,” Kearney said. “The wind has slowed a little.”

In Reagan County, the fire known as the West Hollow Fire burned 2,000 acres and is 95 percent contained, Kearney said.


–West Odessa Volunteer Fire Department

–Crane Fire Department

–Wink Volunteer Fire Department

–Monahans Volunteer Fire Department

–South Ector County Fire Department

–Gardendale Fire Department

–Goldsmith Fire Department

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