WISE COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A second large grass fire is burned across a North Texas county Wednesday afternoon.
Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd says a 500 acre grass fire started around 2:00 p.m. Wednesday near County Road 3547. The fire is in the Boonsville area in the Southwest corner of the county.
Dodd says the fire started after one house caught fire, then quickly spread to a pile of stored tires, giving fuel to the fire.
“Because we’re in this historic drought, the low humidity and the wind gusts that have come along, it’ll just jump out of control,” said Dodd.
KRLD’s Barbara Schwartz reports:
Two other houses and a barn have been destroyed by the fire. Between 50-60 homes in the area were evacuated.
Cindy Clayton lost her home, and another one her husband was building for their retirement. “The house that we were building. My husband had spent nearly every waking hour. He was building it by himself, and he put so much time init. And, to see all that go up like that just hurts my soul.”
A shelter was opened at the Bridgeport Community Center, but was not needed by evacuees.
Neighboring departments from Tarrant and Parker counties and the Texas Forest Service are working with Wise County to get the fire under control.
Fire officials say they were able to get a handle on the fire Wednesday evening as winds began to die down and the humidity began to climb.