Cutting Torch to Blame for Massive Grassfire in Big Spring

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - We now have a cause for a big blaze that threatened the City of Big Spring on Friday.

According to the Texas Forest Service, the fire was started by two men with cutting torches working near Highway 350, north of I-20.

It didn't take long for those flames to get stronger and start making their way toward Big Spring forcing authorities to close down Highway 350.

The blaze moved through brush and a junkyard as it got closer to the city.

Nine units from the Howard County Fire Department, and the Texas Forest Service fought the flames.

Fire investigators say between 65 and 80 acres burned, and it took more than 24 hours to get the fire out.

Over the weekend, firefighters were called back out to take care of some flare ups, and there are still some spots still burning in the junkyard.

The two men accused of starting the fire got a couple of tickets for violating the burn ban and reckless damage.