Large grass fire in SE Houston now under control, say firefighters

February 28, 2013 3:19:47 PM PST
A large grass fire burned on Houston's southeast side Thursday afternoon and a shelter in place was issued for one nearby neighborhodd, but Houston firefighters say they now have the blaze under control.

The Houston Fire Department says the fire is not out, but firefighters don't expect it to be a threat any longer to anyone or anything.

SkyEye 13 HD shot footage of the flames at around 2pm Thursday. In all, HFD says about 12 acres have burned along Hall Road near Kingspoint, in the area right between Dobie High School and the Clear Brook Meadows neighborhood. Authorities issued a shelter in place for that neighborhood just as a precaution, but that order was canceled shortly before 5pm.

One thing working to the firefighters' advantage is a bayou between the fire and the neighborhood. HFD says it acts as a natural fire break and kept the fire from jumping to the homes.

Thankfully the winds that earlier helped whip the flames up, have now died down some.

"You see a lot of unburned dead brush. It could have all caught fire and threatened those homes. It could have been worse," said HFD Deputy Chief Terry Stone.

By 4:20pm, they say the fire had been brought under control.

Dobie High was never directly threatened. There's a large green space where the school's athletic fields exist between the campus and the blaze.

Another thing that helped fire crews some is the recent rains, which led to some new vegetation that doesn't burn as quickly as something that might be dried out.

The flip side of that is that the ground is still a bit wet and at one point they had to rescue a couple of fire trucks that had become stuck in the mud.

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