Crews quickly contain fire on far northwest edge of Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery Co.

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Friday, September 8, 2023
Wildfire quickly contained on the edge of Sam Houston National Forest
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A newly-sparked wildfire was raging near the Sam Houston National Forest in Montgomery County, according to the fire marshal's office.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Crews quickly contained a wildfire that sparked from a 55-year-old man illegally dumping and burning construction materials on the edge of the Sam Houston National Forest.

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office revealed what it believes started the blaze just before noon Friday in the far northwest corner of the county.

According to the MCFMO, a debris fire was burning near a home off Forest Service Road 219. Crews, which included the Texas A&M Forest Service, acted quickly to protect structures in the fire's path and prevent it from spreading throughout the heavily forested area.

Water drops and dozer-built containment lines were made to get the flames under control, the fire marshal's office said.

The man accused of starting the fire amid a burn ban in the county was arrested for misdemeanor illegal dumping.

As of 3 p.m., the MCFMO said crews remained at the scene for mop-up operations and hotspot checks, which may likely last for several more hours.

According to the fire marshal's office, the Forest Service and all assigned resources responded to 17 new wildfires on Thursday across Texas, which burned 1,218 acres. Nearly 200 counties currently have burn bans in place.

The newest fire came more than a week after a larger blaze - the Game Preserve Fire in nearby Walker County - sparked, burning a little over 4,400 acres. As of Friday, the fire north of Huntsville is 92% contained.