Firefighters battle flames, gusty winds at northwest Harris Co. grass fire

December 25, 2012 8:47:57 PM PST
Firefighters spent a chunk of Christmas evening fighting a large grass fire in northwest Harris County, and the gusty winds made the battle more difficult.

The fire broke out shortly before 5pm Tuesday in a grassy area off Clay Road near Katy Hockley Road.

Firefighters from the Katy Fire Department and the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene with a bulldozer to battle the blaze, but the fire had an ally Tuesday night -- gusty winds. Gusty winds can delay firefighters' abilities to contain fires.

"It ran the fire south of us for a while but we were able to contain it," Cy-Fair VFD Chief J.C. Marshall said of the winds. "It got down close to a couple homes on the south side, but they were able to make a stop on it."

The fire had spread to 160 acres before it was completely contained around 6:30pm.

The biggest concern for firefighters had been protecting nearby homes, and thankfully, none were damaged.

No injuries were reported in the fire, but its cause has yet to be determined.

An investigation is underway.


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