Grassfire Contained in Howard County, Four Homes Lost

by Sarah Snyder
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - The grassfire in Big Spring broke out at about 5:30 on Thursday Evening near Highway 87.  The fire reportedly spread over 1,000 acres in the Silver Hills Area in Howard County. 

Some neighborhoods in the Silver Hills Area had to be evacuated due to the grassfire and four homes were reported as lost.  No injuries were reported from this grassfire, but many areas around Big Spring are without power. 

Fire crews came out from as far as Georgia, Louisiana, and Florida.  Howard County, Martin County, and Texas Forest Service also responded to the grassfire.  They brought out bulldozers, tankers, and even aircraft to attack the fire from the ground and in the skies above.

"The air attack is our eyes in the sky.  So all the way here when we were driving from Midland we had our radios on and we could monitor what he was telling the people on the ground.  Then we hard the right flank is cooled off because it's above the road, but the left flank and the head of the fire were causing problems and there were structures in the way.  Well that just makes your heart sink because you know somebody's in trouble and you try to get there as quickly as we can, as safely as we can.  Then they started putting retardant and water on the fire," Jan Amen, with the Texas Forest Service told NewsWest 9.

The fire eventually died down after sunset and crews are on the scene to make sure no hotspots flare back up again and cause another grassfire.