Tuesday afternoon as Montgomery County Fire Marshal Jimmy Williams was enroute to check on a fie from last weekend in the Calvary Road area he heard a call go out for a brush fire threatening a structure in the Walnut Cove Subdivision. Being within a mile he could already see the smoke as it went from white to black.
He arrived on Persimmon Drive to find a structure totally involved with a travel trailer next door already having plastic components melting. North Montgomery Fire Department had already dispatched a brush truck to the scene when it was reported as a brush fire. They now had pumpers enroute along with New Waverly Fire Department.
Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the single structure. Some damage was done to the neighboring structure. Neighbors were able to save two pit bulls from the fire. As fire fighters were battling the blaze the homeowner ran up to the scene thinking the animals were still inside but relieved to discover they were safe.
In talking with the owner Williams discovered he had been illegally burning and left the location. It had spread to the structure. The owner was cited for the illegal burn.
Williams explained how dry it currently is and even though it is humid the winds are helping spread these fires. Over the next few days as the winds switch to the north and drier conditions prevail it is setting the situation up for a wildfire. Fire departments are expected to be quite busy.
Williams also warns to keep roofs and areas around structures clear of high grass, leaves and pine needles.
He also advises residents of Montgomery County to warn their friends and neighbors of the burn ban if the witness them burning before calling 911. However not to hesitate to call first if life or property are threatened.
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