CEED Fire Burns Approximately 4,000 Acres, Forces Evacuations

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY - A fast moving fire moves dangerously close to a Midland neighborhood prompting evacuations.

Now firefighters have the CEED fire under control and folks have been allowed to go home.

The blaze charred around 4,000 acres.

A more accurate number should be available on Wednesday after an air measurement is done. 
The fire sparked up around three Tuesday afternoon at FM 1788 and Highway 191.

First the CEED building was evacuated, along with the new performing arts center, then the thick smoke quickly forced the closure of Highway 191 headed into Midland.

Even the Midland International Airport had to delay flights, due to visibility.

But the worst wasn't over.

The CEED fire quickly moved into Midland, even jumping Loop 250 near Anetta Road.

People living in that area were told to get out.

Two air tankers from Roswell were brought in to drop fire retardant.

They even dropped the retardant near the sub-division in the evacuation zone as the flames crept closer.

In the end, crews managed to get a on handle on the blaze.

No structures were damaged.

Right now, the cause of the fire is under investigation.