Windy, Dry Conditions Cause Grassfire Along Highway 302

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

WEST ODESSA - Our super dry conditions and windy weather are fueling a dangerous situation outside. It's the perfect mix for grassfires which have already sparked up in several areas in West Texas.

If you were out and about on Tuesday, you could see and feel just how strong the high winds really were and those winds were what firefighters feared.

On Tuesday, West Odessa volunteer fire crews responded to a grassfire in Ector County on Highway 302 after a power line pole had a short.

When crews got to the scene, oilfield workers were already trying to put the fire out.

The West Odessa Fire Department, Goldsmith and oil field workers contained the fire to only 80 acres, but the Texas Forest Service was on standby in case that extra help was needed.

Fire officials say they are lucky the fire didn't spread even more.

"Considering the wind and the dry conditions, this is all we have. We are pretty lucky. I'll be surprised if we don't have any. People been really good about not burning anything with the burn ban in effect, it has saved us a lot of trouble," West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief, Jimmy Ellis, said.

The power pole belonged to the Apache Oil Company and crews were working to repair it

Firefighters are asking everyone to be careful and not start a fire.