SHERMAN, TX - Firefighters stayed overnight to monitor the grass fire that burned 1,000 acres.
Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones said they were able to contain the flames at around 8 p.m. but they will stay on site to monitor spot fires.
The large fire was visible all the way from Denison. Part of U.S. Highway 82 had to be closed because of the smoke and the flames are still spreading. The blaze got so close to a residential area that some homeowners evacuated.
It started around 1:45 Saturday afternoon along State Highway 289, just south of Plainview Road. Part of SH 289 was closed for a few hours because the flames were so close to the highway. Because of the dry and windy weather conditions, the blaze spread quickly west to Naylor Road, which is a residential area.
Jones said this fire is suspicious, and they need the community's help to find who's responsible.
"Sherman is offering a reward for information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of anyone caught setting these fires. It's vital that the community get involved and get behind us. Identification of any person or vehicle that may have something to do with these fires. This has to stop," he said.
No structures were damaged, and there were no reported injuries.
If you have any information on what started this fire you are encouraged to contact the Sherman Fire Department at (903)892-7263 or call the Arson Hotline at 1-877-434-7345.