The crew was responding to grass fires near West Bonds Ranch Road and North Saginaw Boulevard.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Crew members were responding to a grass fire in northwestern Fort Worth Wednesday afternoon.
I saw a fire burning in a nearby field West Bonds Ranch Road and North Saginaw Boulevardin the area near Fort Worth, Saginaw and Haslet along US 287.
The fire was about 60% extinguished as of 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Tarrant County Fire Marshal Randy Lenois said the fire broke out between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. He said the construction company currently doing the underground wiring had cut some of the rebar, causing sparks and causing the fire. When the wind changed, the fire split in two directions, spreading to both the northeast and northwest.
“We got people out of here as quickly as possible,” Renois said. “I can’t tell you how many fire trucks, brush trucks, people, but more than a few. There are a lot of them.”
Renoit said about six or seven houses had to be evacuated in the Gilmore Clean area.
“As soon as we asked them to leave, everything became clear,” Lenoy said. “The fire just flew over Peden Road, so this was just a precaution. Maybe a third of an acre? They put it out really quickly.”
Adam Turner of the Texas A&M Forest Service said his team had been called in to help with the fire. The extent of the fire is estimated at about 100 acres. Turner said as of Wednesday night he was not aware of any structures damaged by the fire.
“There are multiple fire stations going in and out,” Turner said. “We have a lot of fire departments here in Tarrant County, and most of them have come to our aid.”
Turner also said the high heat affects firefighters’ ability to fight fires, requiring many first responders to take breaks while fighting fires.
“That makes it even harder,” Turner said. “We can’t work this long without taking a break to cool off. All the heat that’s affecting us is affecting all the grass and bushes out there.”
Turner said it was the beginning of “fire season” and many departments were ready to respond quickly.
“Here in North Texas, this is a normal period called fire season,” Turner said. “The end of July is over and we move into August and September. I can safely say that we are now in fire season here in North Texas.
“When you have a fire as big as ours, you can’t put it all out,” Turner said. “Even if there is a large body of water nearby, it takes a ton of water to try to extinguish 100 acres of actively burning material. We intend to extinguish as much material as possible around that edge.”
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Smoke rises as grass fire erupts in northwestern Tarrant County
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