Big brush, tire fire burns in New Caney area

HOUSTON The Houston Chronicle reports firefighters arrived at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and contained the blaze that night. But the newspaper says the fire was expected to burn into Sunday.

New Caney Assistant Fire Chief Josh Smith says the fire started on about 20 acres filled with ravines and sand with holes 8 to 10 feet deep. He says there were thousands of tires because the property owners planned to start a go-cart track.

The newspaper reports crews from six departments and the Texas Forest Service responded. Firefighters pulled water from the San Jacinto River because there were no hydrants in the area.

New Caney is about 30 miles north of Houston.

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