HOUSTON CO., TX (KTRE) – Sunday showers did not come soon enough to stave off two wildfires in Houston County.
Shortly before noon, firefighters attacked a blaze believed to have been caused by lightning from this past week's thunderstorms. "A dead tree can hold fire for days until the fuel source dries out and becomes combustible, which is what we believed happened in this case, " said Dennis "Denny" McCarthy, Texas Forest Service Public Information Officer.
McCarthy said the fire burned about 20 acres of land off Wheeler Springs Road. Volunteer firefighters and firefighters from the Texas Forest Service managed to contained and extinguish the fire shortly after 5 Sunday afternoon.
In a separate fire in Houston County, quick responding firefighters were able to put out a wildfire near Highway 287 and Co Road 4140, southeast of Crockett. About an acre of land was destroyed by the fire, which started about 4:56 and was contained shortly before 5:30 Sunday afternoon.
McCarthy said there were no other reports of damage.