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Wind ignites countywide fires

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
April 4, 2011 at 9:01 p.m.
Updated April 3, 2011 at 11:04 p.m.

Victoria County Fire Marshall Ron Pray

Three Victoria County residential areas caught fire Monday, and at least two more ignited inside the city.

Victoria County Fire Marshall Ron Pray said the fires may have been related to Monday's red flag wind advisory that may have elevated wind gusts to 45 miles per hour.

"The fires more than likely wouldn't have gotten out of hand if people hadn't been burning during a red flag warning," Pray said.

Because Pray's office and Victoria Fire Department were well prepared for the wind advisory, Pray said none of the fires became unmanageable.

"We had some concern about the red flag, and I spoke with dispatch and let them know to discourage people from burning today," Pray said. "Everything has been real small here in the county. It was nothing that was hard to control."

Victoria Fire Department responded to fires on Airline Road and North Main Street and North Navarro Street.

Pray said his office responded to fires at Saxet Lake Park, and two in Mission Valley, on Mission Valley Acres Road and Mueller Road.

The Saxet Lake fire was a controlled burn from Saturday that was smoldering, and ignited Monday afternoon when the winds picked up.

The Mission Valley burns both started by residents burning trash and brush near their homes, which were aggravated by the wind.

"People need to be cognizant of weather conditions and call us with questions," Pray said. "It's best to use common sense when burning, and make sure you're well prepared if something goes wrong."

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