Grass fire contained, burns 6,200 acres

POSTED: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 3:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

BOSQUE COUNTY -- Fire officials have finally contained an out of control grass fire that burnt 6,200 acres in Bosque County over the weekend.

The fire started as a prescribed burn for a rancher who was clearing some brush near Big Trickle Ranch.

High winds quickly turned the fire into an uncontrollable problem.

Nearly 250 homes were evacuated.

Air-tankers, helicopters and the National Guard all helped fight the blaze, and Emergency Management Official, Dewey Ratliff, says he's never seen anything like it before.

"I had reports from firefighters of seeing 60 foot tall flames traveling 40 miles an hour, and that's a pretty scary thing. All you can do is try to get out of the way and try to get folks out of harms way," said Ratliff.

Ratliff says they did lose a couple barns to the fire, but no one's homes were damaged.

So far, Texas has had 66 fires burning nearly 22,000 acres.

Central Texas is still on a burn ban with moderate fire danger.


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