Dry conditions led to grass fire in Trinity County

October 29, 2010 10:16:53 AM PDT
Firefighters raced to put out a large forest fire in Trinity County overnight. About 200 to 300 acres of land went up in smoke, as winds fueled the flames. The fire sparked outside of Trinity, which is northeast of Huntsville.

The Texas Forest Service is monitoring the situation from the air and on the ground, making sure the fire doesn't re-ignite in a big way or jump the fire lines.

We could see the stark difference today between green pasture, and charred ground as some hot spots still smoldered throughout this area, off FM 356 near Trinity. The fire grew so quickly, so fast, that residents in a subdivision off Lake l Road were forced to leave their homes because the fire had grown so close, eating up 120 acres, and coming right up houses.

Residents we talked to really want people to be mindful of the burn bans, and told us no one realizes how important that is until the fire is at the doorstep.

"it was scary. We thought we were going to lose everything... so we just got what couldn't be replaced and just left," said resident Dawnelle Perry.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this point, but the Texas Forest Service is investigating and says there was another fire here a few weeks ago and that could have easily re-ignited with the low humidity and dry weather.

The fire threatened 25 to 30 homes. A family's barn and a mobile home were lost, but there were no injuries.

Fire investigators are still working to uncover what started that fire. Trinity County and many others in southeast Texas, including Harris County, still has a burn ban in effect.


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