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200 acres destroyed by fire

By KBell
Feb. 8, 2011 at 8:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 7, 2011 at 8:08 p.m.


About 200 acres was destroyed by fire on Salem Road just off of Loop 463 at noon Tuesday.

The fire ignited after a trapper with the federal government got his truck stuck on the land owned by Steven Diebel, Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray said. The trapper was attempting to free his vehicle when the grass underneath caught fire.

Strong winds contributed to the spreading fire, which was contained in part by well-maintained fire breaks on the property, Pray said.

"What's going on right now is you still have a lot of dead, dry grass that's up on top of the surface," Pray said. "We've had several rain events ... but the humidity being low, and our high winds that we've had have dried out the grass that's sitting on top."

Pray said the dead grass won't soak up any water and continues to be a fire hazard.

"It's going to stay that way until it gets re-absorbed in the soil or decays to where it can be rejuvenated and used as fertilizers," Pray said. "Or, in this case, we have a grass fire."

The city and county fire departments, Inez and Nursery volunteer fire departments and the Victoria County Sheriff's Office responded to the fire, which took about three hours to control, Pray said.

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