Grass fire in Southmayd threatens homes; Commissioners vote not to extend burn ban

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

SOUTHMAYD, TX -- Firefighters fought a wildfire that threatened several homes and livestock in southwestern Grayson County Monday morning. They say it was quick thinking that saved property and possibly lives.

The fire at Old Southmayd Road and Highway 56 did threaten homes and livestock at one point. In fact, those who live in the area were out with water hoses trying to protect their property from the flames.

Nick Pellman rushed to call 911 when he saw smoke billowing from Old Southmayd Road threatening live stock and Darla Welch's home.

"I thought it would spread 3 miles in 10 minutes,” Pellman said.

"It started up and within 25 minutes, it came this way."

So did dozens of firefighters, dousing flames and setting up a command center to fight the fire under windy conditions. The wind helped steer the danger away from the Welch's and other neighboring homes.

"I have faith in my fire departments."

That faith today was fueled by a concerned citizen and dedicated firefighters who acted quickly.

"Once again, the task force activated by a single call which brought brush trucks, water, and a command unit," Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones said.

No word what started the fire.

It took about a half an hour to get the fire under control. The new Wildfire Task Force was activated, but no word what caused the fire.

Burn ban to expire in Grayson County

Ironically, the fire happened at the exact time Grayson County Commissioners decided not to extend a burn ban that has been in effect for most of 2008.

A unanimous vote by commissioners is required but the vote was split, 2-to-2, meaning the burn ban in Grayson County expires Tuesday.

Fire officials still warn not to take any chances and be very careful when it comes to open flames.

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