Driver accidentally starts grass fire in SW Houston

This charred black circle about 25 feet wide remains where a grass fire burned Sunday

July 17, 2011 7:37:31 PM PDT
A driver accidentally started a small grass fire in Houston on Sunday. It happened on Texas 288 near the 610 South Loop.

A charred black circle about 25 feet wide remains.

Garry Pigg said he was driving Sunday morning when he felt the front tire of his pickup shake, then pop off.

He pulled over to the shoulder, and he thinks sparks from his brake rotor caught the grass on fire.

"Luckily, I was in the right hand side of the road. I was able to get off in the shoulder and just watched the tire bound off. I think my rotor came apart and a piece of that caught this grass fire," he said.

Pigg called 9-1-1 and firefighters put out the flames before they spread.

No one was injured. Pigg said he's glad the tire didn't hit any other cars or hurt anyone.

Burn bans remain in effect throughout our viewing area. Authorities say recent rainfall has not been enough to reduce the threat of dangerous grass and woods fires.

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