Over the past week, the Howard County Volunteer Fire Department has responded to several fires in our area. The biggest was on Saturday evening when they were called out to a fire near Rodeo Rd and Wildfire, south of Big Spring.
According to HCVFD Chief Mitchell Hooper, the fire consumed approximately 60 acres of land. Response included 6 HCVFD units, a bulldozer and maintainer from Howard County Road and Bridge, and 2 units from Glasscock County Volunteer Fire Department. The fire was extinguished approximately 3 hours later. No evacuations were necessary and no injuries were reported.
Chief Hooper advised that last week the department responded to 12 grassfires. With the exception of one, the fires originated with electricity – whether it was a lightning strike or various issues with electrical power lines.
This afternoon, 08/19/19, Chief Hooper advised of another fire near East Howrd Field Rd in the Coahoma area. He advised that the cause was due to an electrical line. No injuries were reported and no evacuations were necessary.