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Firefighters respond to rash of grass fires
by Joe Baker
Sep 07, 2012 | 1011 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES COUNTY – Local and area fire departments scrambled to bring under control numerous grass fires that ignited at the edge of U.S. Highway 72, stretching eight miles from Kenedy to Pawnee.

According to radio communications between responding emergency personnel, on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 30, a truck pulling a trailer along the highway blew out a tire or tires, causing sparks to be thrown off into the dry grass, igniting fires at the edges of the highway.

Kenedy, Karnes City, Falls City and Runge volunteer fire departments responded, as well as the Beeville Fire Department who assisted with fires near the Karnes/Bee County lines.

Oil company equipment and crews as well as crews with the county’s road and bridge department also responded to assist with bringing the fires under control.

According to County Judge Barbara Shaw, about 250 county residents lost power for about 12 hours, as a result of the fire.

After hearing reports of the fires, as well as reports of the extremely dry conditions and high level of fire danger, Judge Shaw placed an item for possible action related to a proposed burn ban on the agenda for the Aug. 31 meeting of Commissioners Court.

During the meeting, the court voted unanimously to reinstate the burn ban effective immediately through Nov. 28, 2012. (See related news item on this page.)
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