Grassfires Cause Problems for Firefighters

Grassfire Near Interstate 20 and FM 1053 70% Contained

Fire crews have a fire near Interstate 20 and F.M. 1053, 70 percent contained.

I-20 was shut down on Thursday, because a massive grassfire jumped the Interstate, near the Fort Stockton exit between Penwell and Monahans.  

The thick smoke and flames forced State Troopers to shut down the road.

The Texas Forest Service tells NewsWest 9 they will continue to watch the fire overnight.

They estimate 2,500 acres burned there.

They will have a better idea on Friday just how much damage was done.

Grassfire in Crane County Under Control

And a fire in Crane County forced the Texas Forest Service to bring in re-inforcements from their station in Fort Stockton.  

This blaze erupted near Highway 329 and F.M. 1053.  

Highway 329 from Ward County to the Grandfalls County line remains closed.

However, the Texas Forest Service says they have this one under control.

They don't have an estimate yet on how many acres burned there.