Brush Fires Spread Through Ward County

By: Cierra Putman
NewsWest 9

WARD COUNTY - Firefighters battled a total of eight separate fires on Monday afternoon in Ward County just North of Grandfalls.

No one was hurt, but Monahans Fire Chief Billy Riley told NewsWest 9 he thinks about 4,000 acres of land were scorched.

The first fire started around 1:00p.m.. The department believes hot coals fell off of a vehicle going down Highway 18 and that started the initial blaze.

Departments from Wink, Ward, Crane and even Pecos County came to help douse the flames.

The Texas Forest Service also helped, and sent air planes to dump water on the fires.

By Monday night, the flames were under control, but Chief Riley said firefighters were standing by just in case.

"If the wind will hold out for us, we'll be alright. If the wind changes directions, or we get a high wind or something, we could be in trouble," Chief Riley said. "We could be back out here. We've burned past most of the houses and there pretty secure, but that's always your fear that you get up in the middle of the night and have a fire in your front yard."

Riley says about five homes and a couple of barns were in danger, but none of them caught fire.

He says the combination of tall grass and high winds prevented his men from quickly killing the fire.