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At approximately 4:30 pm yesterday the Howard County Fire Department was notified of a fire south of Big Spring in the Brian Rd. area.

 

HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper told KBest News that the fire originated in a bar ditch 1/2 mile north of Wildfire Rd. and was moving east until the wind shifted and began pushing the fire northeast.

 

Chief Hooper advised that a rock pad that is 1/4 mile south of Brian Rd. acted as a natural fire break and helped immensely to help them gain containment of the fire. He advised that all units went home at 11:20 PM, and noted that there will still be some brush piles along HWY 87 and in the burn area with some hotspots in the burn area. Hooper stated that the HCVFD would continue to check the fire line today.

 

During the fire, 3 structures were in danger, however they were saved, thanks to the combined efforts of HCVFD, Glasscock County Fire, Glasscock Co. Sheriff, Sterling County VFD, Howard County Road and Bridge Department, Howard County Sheriff's Office, several local companies with water trucks, and local residents with bulldozers. 

No evacuations were necessary because the residents were not home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported.

 

Chief Hooper estimated approximately 1,000 acres were affected from the fire. 

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