Grass fire investigation continues in Sadler UPDATED

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

SADLER, Tex. -- Officials may now know what started a grass fire in Sadler on Sunday. It burnt about 200 acres and threatened four to five homes.

According to Sadler Fire Chief John Bistros, the investigation from Sunday night and witnesses on the scene say someone was burning trash in the area and the fire quickly got out of control.

A sheriff's deputy did talk to someone who may be responsible, but Chief Bistros says he does not think any charges will be filed.

It is illegal to abandon a burn, which is what appears to be the case.

The fire started on Booker Lane in Sadler. Fire officials say the 30 mile-per-hour winds helped spread the flames.

It took six fire departments to contain the fire.

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SADLER, Tex.-- A grass fire in Sadler chars about 200 acres, as area leaders may extend a burn ban. Firefighters say it started on Booker Lane, and winds caused the flames to spread north.

The fire threatened a home and barn. Several hay bales were also up in flame as the fire spread along FM 901.

Whitesboro, Sadler, Sherwood Shores, Gordonville, and Southmayd Fire Departments were able to contain the flames. They went ahead of the fire to keep it under control.

Crews are still investigating what caused the fire.

The fire in Sadler is just one of the many recently on both sides of the Red River. On Saturday, Cartwright Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Horn says grass fires might have been set on purpose.

On Sunday, witnesses report seeing a person set at least four cardboard boxes on fire and left them to burn at the Denison Dam. Horn says thanks to the witnesses, the fire was out within a half hour and nothing was damaged.

In Grayson County, officials say fire danger is at a high and they do not see an end coming any time soon.

"We're bordering on some extremely dangerous situations in Grayson County," says County Judge Drue Bynum.

Officials say it is dangerous all around Texoma with dry grass, high winds, and low humidity are causing favorable fire conditions.

"We've seen a difference in time frame, usually we have a lot of grass fires in the spring and early summer. But, again, due to all the heavy rain that we received we're seeing them now in the fall and early winter," says Allen Vols, Preston VFD chief.

Montague County is already under an emergency burn ban, and officials in Grayson County say if these conditions continue, a burn ban is likely. Until then they urge the public to take extra precautions.

"I would highly encourage people to pay attention to weather conditions and not burn things that could wait until a wetter time of the year," Bynum says.

While some of the fires were accidentally set, others were intentional. Bynum says those responsible could face serious consequences. Pre-meditated acts could be viewed as criminal activity.

Even the smallest actions could ignite massive flames like one large fire back in 2005.

"[It was] a red flag warning day, conditions were very similar to what we're experiencing in Grayson County and somebody driving down the road tosses out a cigarette and caused one of the biggest fires in Texas history."


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