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Grass fire burns 50 acres in Calhoun County

By Bianca Montes
April 8, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated April 7, 2014 at 11:08 p.m.


High tree limbs are the suspected cause of a grassfire that burned about 50 acres in Calhoun County Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said.

The fire on Whatley Road in Calhoun County was reported about noon and was put out about 2:30 p.m., said Lt. Jeremy Marek with the Port Lavaca Fire Department. But the blaze was rekindled when a couple fence posts caught fire.

No structure damage or injuries were reported, but the fire did come within 10 feet of two nearby storage buildings, Marek said.

Victoria County Electric Cooperative workers were called to the scene to trim some of the trees.

Fire officials believe tree branches in the power lines caused the initial spark. The fire, however, remains under investigation.

A representative with the electric company was not able to be reached by press time.

From noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, winds in Calhoun County were gusting up to 35 mph. Marek said a burn ban is not in effect in the county but said the fire department encourages people not to do a controlled burn when it's windy, and if they do, to have extra water on hand.

The Port Lavaca Fire Department, Seadrift Volunteer Fire Department, Port O'Connor Volunteer Fire Department, Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department and Olivia-Port Alto Volunteer Fire Department responded.

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