High winds fuel 120+ acre grass fire in Ravenna

By: Allison Harris
By: Allison Harris

RAVENNA, TX -- High winds helped spread a grass fire in Ravenna Sunday where firefighters say more than 120 acres burned.

Flames flew across more than a hundred acres off Highway 78 and 1753 in Ravenna Sunday fueled and carried by strong winds.

Ravenna and Ector firefighters responded.

Ravenna Fire Chief Steve Hasten said, "Between the wind and the speed of the fire, we can't catch up to it."

Mud meant fire trucks couldn't access the blaze forcing firefighters to walk and extinguish as they go.

The original call to the fire department came in as a smoke investigation.

Hasten said, "Turned out to be a rubble fire from about three weeks ago that re-kindled." and once it re-kindled It spread quickly.

According to Hasten, "Faster than we could catch up to it."

No Texoma counties are under a burn ban, but Grayson County Emergency Management says Texas outdoor burning laws require residents to consider wind speeds before burning.

Chief Hasten makes that same plea to people in Fannin County.

Hasten said, "Do not burn and wait for better conditions."


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