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Brush fire burns an acre

By KBell
Jan. 13, 2012 at 1 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2012 at 7:13 p.m.

A grass fire is contained by the  Victoria Fire Department and the Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department before it could spread to homes on Serene Drive in Bloomington.

CALL BEFORE BURNING

If you plan on burning acreage or piles, you must notify the Victoria County Fire Marshal's office beforehand.If burning between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, call the office at 361-579-9103.If burning after hours, call the city's non-emergency dispatch at 361-573-3221. You will be asked to provide specific location, time, name and contact number.

A brush fire became out of control and burned about an acre of land on Serene Drive West at 10:30 a.m. Friday.

The fire spread slowly, but threatened at least one home west of the flames.

Domingo Gonzales, 55, said he used water hoses to contain the fire before it reached his neighbor's home in the neighborhood between Placedo and Bloomington.

Gonzales lives in Katar, but owns the property where the fire started. He said he called the fire department before attempting the controlled burn to make sure conditions were safe.

The fire jumped from the burning brush to nearby tall grass, prompting the Victoria Fire Department and the Bloomington Volunteer Fire Department to respond.

By 11:15 a.m., the fire was contained.

No one was injured and no homes were damaged.

Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray said people who plan to burn should trim tall grass and make sure they have water sources nearby before attempting to start a controlled burn.

Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi temporary lifted the burn ban Monday.

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