Grass Fires Spark Across South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/12/06

Grass Fires Spark Across South Plains

Three major grass fires broke out on the South Plains Thursday afternoon.

The first fire was reported around 2:30, West of Matador. The volunteer fire department there, tells NewsChannel 11 the blaze was small but burned in a densely wooded area.  Fire fighters were able to contain the blaze before it spread to a nearby house.  Several buildings and animals were also in danger at one point.  The Forestry Service, DPS, Motley County Sheriff and Tx-DOT responded to blaze.

Around the same time, a fire broke out Northeast of the town of Dimmit in Castro County.  The sheriff's department said it spanned across 70 acres.  Fire fighters are trying to determine if one or multiple fires are to blame.  No buildings were destroyed and no injuries were reported. 

An hour later a third fire broke out, this time in Hale Center.  Officials there say the fire threatened one mobile home, and charred about 100 acres.  It happened one mile East of Hale Center on Farm to Market Road 1914.  Fire fighters battled the blaze for one hour before it was contained.

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