Wilson County News February 6, 2013 2,539 views 5 comments
FLORESVILLE -- Dry, windy conditions throughout South Central Texas continue to stretch the resources of local volunteer fire departments. Large, stubborn brush fires can start almost instantly when parched vegetation is presented with an ignition source, which is what occurred at approximately 11:47 a.m. Jan. 29 on U.S. 181 near F.M. 775 north of Floresville.
While it was not immediately clear what touched off the blaze that consumed approximately 9 acres of brush, officials believe that sparks from a trailer that lost a tire nearby could have ignited grass on the side of northbound U.S. 181. Edwin Baker, coordinator of the Wilson County Health and Public Safety Office, is the county’s fire marshal. He said that firefighters encountered flames that reached 15 feet high, as they battled gusty winds in their fight against the blaze that scorched an overgrown area between the Oak Hills Water Supply Corp. and Faifer & Co. Both buildings, along with at least three homes, were spared by the response of firefighters from Eagle Creek, La Vernia, and both stations of the Floresville Volunteer Fire Department.
The fire, which was declared under control at 1:16 p.m., was the second time in three days that firefighters had to respond to a large brush fire north of Floresville. A Jan. 26 blaze that consumed several acres and destroyed a fireworks warehouse located between U.S. 181 and U.S. 181 Business remains under investigation by officials, including the state fire marshal’s office in Austin, said Floresville Fire Chief Lorenzo Ortiz.
Residents are reminded that Wilson County remains 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.
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Senior Citizen Wilson County February 7, 2013 2:34pm
7th - I wonder the same thing - There were probally 8 people buring in my area this past weekend - No one knows there is a burn ban - It is not posted anywhere in La Vernia so how is anyone suppose to know.
7th Generation La Vernian La Vernia February 7, 2013 1:35pm