2 structures burned, 2 firefighters treated at scene of contained Ward Co. fire

2 structures burned, 2 firefighters treated at scene of contained Ward Co. fire

WARD COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Monahans Volunteer Fire Department Fire Chief Eddie Nelms tells us two firefighters were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation, but not hospitalized.

He also tells us two structures did burn down in the fires.

Nelms says the fire started when a power pole was knocked down by the wind onto the road near the West Interchange, and sparked when it was hit by an 18-wheeler. 

As of right now, he estimates about 400-550 acres burned. It is now contained and fire crews are just working some hot spots.

He said several fire crews came to help, including from Pyote, Wickett, Barstow, South Ector and West Odessa among others.


Monahans Police tell us the fires in Ward Co. are contained.

They tell us that fire crews remain on the scene and are dealing with some flare ups near mile marker 76, but describe the situation as "contained."


Monahans Police has informed us that there are multiple grass fires near the West Interchange around mile mark 76 westbound. This area is around Monahans and Wickett. A more specific location is not available at this time.

Firefighters from Monahans, Wickett, and possibly Grandfalls are on scene now. We're told that the traffic is backed up in these areas. Please avoid these areas while firefighters are responding.

No injuries have been reported.

The Texas A&M Forest Service has posted on their incident information Twitter that this fire will not need their Single Engine Airtankers. Priority has been given to the fire out in Garza County.

We'll be sure to update you as soon as we get new information.

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