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On Nov. 28, 2018 a fire was reported at approximately 12:22 PM south of Big Spring, along northbound US 87, north of Wildfire Rd. and south of Brian Rd. in Howard County. 5 units from the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department and 3 units from the Glasscock County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area to extinguish the fire, along with the Howard County Road and Bridge Department.

 

According to Chief Mitchell Hooper with the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department, the fire had burned 100 acres, and was at 100 percent containment at 8:22 PM last night.

 

Chief Hooper noted that there no injuries to report, and no evacuations were necessary and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

 

Keep in mind that high winds are anticipated in the Howard County area for tomorrow, with wind gusts that could get up to 40 mph, and the lack of recent rainfall combined with several freezes has caused vegetation in the area to begin dying off and drying. Thus creating dangerous fuel for wildfires. Outdoor burning is strongly discouraged at this time.

 

If you've recently been burning off piles of brush on your property please make sure those are out entirely. Any smoldering areas will cause a grassfire hazard in the expected gusty winds.

 

Chief Hooper advised that if you need his department to bring water to any smouldering areas remaining on your property, contact him and they will make arrangements for you this afternoon. You can reach Chief Hooper at 432-270-7160.

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