Multiple agencies worked together Sunday night and contained a 137-acre grass fire in Aledo a little more than an hour after receiving the call.
“We believe it was either lightning or the high winds causing the power lines that run through there to arc. It’s pretty safe to say it was one of those two things that caused it given the conditions,” Emergency Services District 1 Chief and Incident Commander Stephen Watson said. “It started out in the middle of [Boswell] ranch, so there’s not really anything else out there that could have done it. We accessed it from a gate off of North Front Street at the intersection of Chestnut [Street] and that pretty much gave us direct access to it.”
Watson said there were no injuries and no structures damaged as a result of the fire.
“Within 10 minutes of the fire starting, it was immediately threatening the Brookhollow subdivision off of [Farm-to-Market Road] 1187, so we devoted all of our resources to protecting that neighborhood first, which kind of allowed other parts of the fire to burn unchecked but until we could get additional resources there, that’s what we had to do to keep it off of those houses,” Watson said. “About the time we handled that, another storm went by just north of us and the outflow from that storm gave us a wind change. So instead of a north wind, we had an east wind, and it started pushing the fire west towards the Rolling Hills subdivision. We had to move our resources to hold that and once we got that done, we were able to get the rest of the fire contained.”
There were units from four ESD 1 stations that responded to the fire as well as units from Willow Park, Fort Worth, Cresson and Benbrook.
“[Watson] did an amazing job commanding the fire. Willow Park sent two brush trucks and one pumper. This consisted of our two full-time firefighters. We had one part-time and two volunteers come in to assist,” Willow Park Fire Chief Mike LeNoir said. “We called back fire administration and one full-time firefighter to cover our city and assist where needed for other type calls. The radio traffic was very well organized by Chief Watson and all agencies did a phenomenal job preventing fire spread to any structures despite the erratic winds between thunderstorms and the front.”
The call reporting the fire came in at 6:33 p.m. and was contained by 7:49 p.m.; however, Watson said they stayed on the scene until about midnight.
“It was great work by all companies in containing it,” Parker County Fire Marshal Sean Hughes said.