Burning tires causes of plumes of black smoke Wednesday

Dec. 22, 2010 at 6:22 a.m.

Plumes of black smoke north of Victoria on Wednesday were the result of the illegal burning of tires, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.

About 10 a.m. a rancher was burning piles of brush off Salem Road about a half-mile from Loop 463, but one pile had tires in it, Pray said.

"He said he was totally unaware that the tires were in the pile. He thought they had been hauled off," Pray said.

The owner was issued a warning citation.

The Victoria County Fire Department and the city of Victoria Fire Department extinguished the burning tires and other brush piles.

At 1:30 p.m., the county fire department, the Raisin Volunteer Fire Department and the Quail Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to a brush fire in the Raisin community.

Pray said a man was burning brush when it "got away from him" and burned about a half acre.



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