Community Comes Together to Put Out Grass Fire in Nolan County

Published 03/01 2014 06:15PM

Updated 03/01 2014 11:50PM

A grass fire was reported around 2:30p.m. on Friday. As of 2:30p.m. on Saturday, firefighters were still fighting the blaze that has burned more than 1,200 acres.

Matthew Lanier of the Texas A&M Forest Service explains that because of the high winds and low relative humidity, the fire was able to jump across roads and spread to nearly a mile wide at one point.

While the fire was 70% contained on Saturday afternoon, the Texas A&M Forest Service and the Nolan Volunteer Fire Department are continuing to put out hot spots.

A DPS helicopter flew down from Lubbock to assist the Texas A&M Forest Service with a more accurate estimate of the amount of land burned.

Nolan Volunteer Fire Chief, Johnny Ussery, was out of town when he got the call about the fire, but was more concerned when he found out how many people it was taking to fight the fire.

He recalled a fire that claimed 100,000 acres near the community of Nolan four or five years ago. He says that anytime a fire starts and there are strong winds, he cannot help but think of that time.

Ussery himself lost around fifty acres in this grass fire, but he considers himself fortunate and praises the community of Nolan for rallying behind the fire department in times of need.

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