Massive grass fire in DeWitt County burns 130 acres

DEWITT COUNTY – According to DeWitt Office of Emergency, at this time the fire is 90% contained. Crews from Cuero Fire, Texas A&M Forest Service and Cuero Volunteer Fire Department are working spot fires and digging fire breaks around the perimeter of the area where fire is a concern.

Earlier reports of 800 acres was made of the area that was being protected. While the fire crews from 3 counties protected 800 acres, only about 130 acres were actually burned after review from the air this morning by TXDPS – Texas Emergency Management and DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator.

The Texas A&M Forest Service will assist until the fire is completely contained. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Texas A&M Forest Service at this time.

PREVIOUSLY REPORTED:

An estimated 400 to 800 acres have burned after a massive grass fire in DeWitt County. It started yesterday off Causey Lane in Cuero. Smoke clouds could be seen from miles away.Officials say helicopters were called in to help douse the fire. Fire crews and volunteers were going in and out of the property bringing water to fight the flames. No word on how the fire started or how much land was damaged. Due to the heavy brush, officials are only giving out an estimate of the amount of acres burned as it has not been confirmed. Officials said the fire could smolder for days due to the brush. Firefighters across three counties, DeWitt, Victoria, and Lavaca Counties, are helping battle the grass fire. Crews have the fire 80 to 90-percent contained as of 1 a.m Tuesday. With fire breaks in place. Crews will return this morning at 9 o’clock.

Fire Departments and agencies that assisted with the fire at this point: Cuero Fire, Cuero VFD, Yoakum Fire, Thomaston VFD, Nursery VFD, Fortran VFD, Victoria Fire, Victoria County VFD, Shiner VFD, Sweet Home VFD, Cuero Fire Marshal/Chief, Victoria County Fire Marshal, Texas A&M Forest Service, DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator, DeWitt County Commissioner Pct. 2, TXDPS District Disaster Coordinator 17, DeWitt County Judge

DeWitt County Commissioners had voted on Monday to begin a burn ban as of 12:01 am Tuesday, August 01, 2017. Between 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm there were 4 fires burning in DeWitt County.

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