Grassfire Scorches More Than 650 Acres

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/MARTIN COUNTY LINE - The dry weather conditions coupled with high winds are causing more problems for area firefighters.

A blaze in Greenwood scorched more than 650 acres late Monday afternoon, near the Midland and Martin County line.

It was in an area called "Cotton Flat Draw."

At one point, officials say the fire threatened a home, but firefighters were able to extinguish it just in time.

Several fire departments pitched in to help.

The blaze broke out at about three this afternoon, and it was finally contained around six.

"We we're dispatched at 3:30 this afternoon from the Midland County Emergency Management Office and about eight people are staged there from Texas Forest Service, so we all convoyed out to the fire.  It was exstimated at 500 acres and we have a truck vehicle and a maintainer on it at this point with an engine as well," Jan Amen with the Texas Forest Service, said.

The Texas Forest Service still isn't sure how the fire started.

Officials say they were able to contain it by building a fire break.