Grass Fire In Wise County Leads To Evacuations

UPDATED | December 29, 2016 5:50 PM

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WISE COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A grass fire near Chico in Wise County consumed approximately 200 acres Thursday afternoon.

The fast-moving fire was fanned by strong, dry winds.

Some structures were in danger and some homeowners were evacuated for several hours.

Chopper11 was over the scene and captured images of some farm equipment burning.  Dozens of stacks of hay were also burned.

Farm equipment on fire in Wise County (Chopper11)

Farm equipment on fire in Wise County (Chopper11)

“This is as close as it’s been to us,” said Brenda Cox as she watched smoke rose into the air not far from her pasture. “It’s scary! It’s scary!”

Volunteer firefighters raced to the area from surrounding towns and as far away as Parker County.

Firefighters positioned themselves between the blaze and homes. Worried property owners tried to move livestock away from the fire and prayed the wind wouldn’t push the fire in their direction.

“If the wind switches over? I’m concerned yes,” Cox said. “Because we have, probably, 200 round bales ourselves up in that corner right up there.”

Neighbors stood by waiting to help evacuate cattle. Others brought in bulldozers and backhoes trying to dig a protective line around the fire.

“I’ve seen a lot of neighbors and everything try to come out and help,” Cox said.

By nightfall the fire was mostly out and firefighters were putting water on hot spots.

There were no reports of damage to homes or injuries.

Grass fire near Chico in Wise County (Chopper11)

Grass fire near Chico in Wise County (Chopper11)

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