No structures damaged after grass fire threatens residents near Florence
FLORENCE, Texas —
A wildfire that consumed 50-100 acres in Williamson County, Sunday, is now fully contained.
The fire started in a pasture off of FM 138 around 2:45 p.m. in Florence.
Florence Fire Chief Robert Shelton says the fire was about five to 10 acres in size when they arrived, then quickly spread to dozen of acres, forcing eight homes to be temporarily evacuated.
“It kept moving and moving and moving. We’re like, oh crap, it’s getting faster and faster,” said Ashlynn Bonnet whose backyard was feet from the blaze. “We saw people going down the road with horses, trying to get their horses out, and I came out here and there was smoke going over the top of our house.”
Bonnet’s instinct quickly kicked in.
“I actually took my mom’s jacket off of her and I just started putting out the fire with the jacket,” Bonnet said.
Fire crews were faced with high winds, dry conditions, and limited access to water.
“The drought monitor has this end of the county under severe drought,” Shelton said. “That really was our issue today is that we had a fire five to 10 acres, and we ran out of water before we were able to stop it.”
Brush trucks were forced to travel a mile and a half to re-fill after the first attack.
No structures were damaged.
“Losing everything I had, that was my main fear and losing my dogs,” said resident Danny Nichols.
Shelton says a burn ban in Williamson County was lifted last Tuesday, but officials will be considering reinstating that ban at a commisioners meeting on Tuesday.
Fire officials are still working to determine the cause of the fire.
“Be careful anytime you’re doing anything outside with mowing equipment. Driving vehicles through grassy area,” Shelton said.