DENTON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Fire crews in Denton County received assistance from neighboring cities while fighting a huge brush fire that scorched 750 acres before it was contained.
The fire mostly consumed farmland on its path through the far northeast part of the county — centered between Pilot Point and Celina. Denton County Fire Marshal Jody Gonzalez said no homes were destroyed and no lives were lost. A pair of barns were taken by the flames.
Fire units from surrounding Flower Mound, Lewisville and Corinth weren’t the only ones helping fight it.
“We have about 10-plus fire departments assisting with this fire,” Denton County Fire Marshal Jody Gonzalez said. “We’re doing everything we can to forecast where it’s going and the amount of equipment that we need currently to fight this fire.”
In addition to the sheer size of the blaze firefighters have also had to battle high winds.
“It’s a matter of trying to get it stopped,” Gonzalez explained. “It’s moving in a north and northwesterly direction so we’re really trying to get into it and get into these locations to be able to fight this fire. [There are] very few roads in and out of that area.”
However, a wall of fire was headed straight toward the All American Dogs rescue ranch, causing the caretakers there to act quickly. They rounded up more than 60 dogs and cats.
“We got the animals out of the play yard and into the facilities,” said Bob Matthews, spokesman for All American Dogs.
Matthews had soot covering his arms –– an ash cloud enveloped the property, forcing him to leave the animals to a certain death. But the fire narrowly avoided the kennel.
“They were in an air conditioned building and the thing that saved us is the power never went out,” said neighbor Scott Edwards.
All of the animals survived and the operators credit firefighters for their quick response.
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