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Grassfire in Ector County Burns Close to 1,000 Acres

View of the fire from NewsWest9's Odessa Skycam.  Image taken at 4:35p.m. on Sunday afternoon. View of the fire from NewsWest9's Odessa Skycam. Image taken at 4:35p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Strong winds and lots of fuel on the ground kept this fire going for hours. 

West Odessa fire crews say they've been calling for a burn ban in Ector County, and after the fire on Sunday, they hope they get their wish. 

The winds kicked up a big blaze south of Odessa off Dixie, with dry grass on the ground, and powerful winds. 

Even with six fire trucks working to cut off the fire, firefighters just couldn't stop it.

"Our biggest problem is the brush. We've had taller flames than our trucks. We've had six different wind changes while we've been out there," West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Ellis said.

The biggest danger was the possibility of the fire spreading to near by oil tanks and pipelines.

"A lot of them have oil in them and when they burn, they get real nasty," Ellis said. 

After several hours the winds died down, and so did the flames. 

After Sunday's big fire, West Odessa Volunteer Fire Chief Jimmy Elis and his crew say they can only hope county commissioners will call for a burn ban.

"Personally, I hope they can see the writing on the wall. Because we got lucky and fortunately this is nothing but brush and trash," Ellis said. 

Investigators are still looking into what caused the fire that burned about a thousand acres.

Ellis also said he's already talked with County Judge Redford about reinstating a burn ban.

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