Lit cigarette causes grassfire in Midland County

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

Thanks to a lit cigarette and very dry conditions are getting the blame for a grass fire in Midland County Tuesday morning.

The fire started near FM 1788 and Highway 191 around ten.  

Firefighters tell NewsWest Nine, the fast moving flames burned eight to ten acres before they were able to get it under control.  

The tall grass and extremely dry weather have turned many fields and areas along side highways into veritable tinder-boxes, and it doesn't take much of a spark to get the fire started.
Fire officials say don't expect these dry conditions to change any time soon.  

Burn bans remain in effect for many Basin counties including Midland, Ector, and Howard.

For the latest listing on burn bans: click here