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Fire threatens homes, businesses outside Floresville
A firefighter from the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department drags a hose along the shoulder of U.S. 181 north of Floresville as he prepares to aid in the fight against a brush fire that started just before noon Jan. 29. / WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Wilson County News January 29, 2013, 12:02pm 5,051 views 4 comments
FLORESVILLE -- For the second time in three days, area volunteer firefighters have been summoned to fight a windswept brush fire north of Floresville. This time, it was on U.S. 181 near F.M. 775.
Edwin Baker, coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, is the county’s fire marshal. He said that at approximately 11:47 a.m., the Eagle Creek Volunteer Fire Department was called to a brush-covered area between Oak Hills Water Supply Corp. and Faifer & Co., after someone reported a fire that started on the side of the road.
Baker said firefighters from Eagle Creek, La Vernia, and both stations of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department saved at least three homes and two businesses. An estimated nine acres of brush burned, with flames reaching heights of 15 feet, he said. The blaze was declared under control at 1:16 p.m.
Today’s weather conditions have prompted the weather service to declare a red flag warning for the Hill Country and much of South Central Texas until 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30. According to the warning, relative humidities are expected to fall into the teens. Gusty winds are forecasted out of the northwest, with speeds of 20-25 mph. Under a Red Flag Warning, people should avoid the use of open flames or any activities that might generate sparks, as accidental ignition has the potential turn into a wind-driven wildfire.
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Nannette Kilbey-Smith, Editor Floresville January 29, 2013 3:26pm
Wilson County continues to be under a burn ban. The 90-day ban, enacted by the Wilson County Commissioners Court Dec. 27, forbids all agricultural burning without prior approval from the Wilson County Health and Public Safety ... More ›
Wilson County continues to be under a burn ban. The 90-day ban, enacted by the Wilson County Commissioners Court Dec. 27, forbids all agricultural burning without prior approval from the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office. The burning of household trash -- which only is allowed in unincorporated areas -- is limited to screened burn barrels and only permitted to occur during daylight hours.
Anyone caught violating the ban is subject to a $500 fine, and could be found civilly liable for property damage.
Firefighters from Floresville, Cañada Verde, Eagle Creek, and La Vernia continue to battle this blaze. According to Wilson County News Reporter William J. Gibbs Jr. on the scene, the fire was stopped at the fenceline of Faifer ... More ›
Firefighters from Floresville, Cañada Verde, Eagle Creek, and La Vernia continue to battle this blaze. According to Wilson County News Reporter William J. Gibbs Jr. on the scene, the fire was stopped at the fenceline of Faifer & Co. Firefighters also were working to keep homes on Buttermilk off F.M. 775 safe from the flames.