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Flames threaten homes north of Floresville


Flames threaten homes north of Floresville
Flames from a Jan. 29 brush fire come within just a few feet of a building at Faifer & Co.


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Wilson County News
February 6, 2013
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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
 
How do they know? 1. Read the newspaper. 2. Common sense says it's too dry.

 
retiredinlavernia  
lavernia  
February 7, 2013 2:30pm
 
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
 
Turbo: Who is getting fined? A resident of Country Hills was burning their grass in the back of their yard, fined, I don't think so.

 
Turbo  
Wilson County  
February 7, 2013 1:21pm
 
Mr. Baker, can you confirm that the Wilson County material yard has a permit to burn, and does this permit allow the huge fires to burn unattended, while the rest of us get fines?

 
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Floresville  
February 6, 2013 12:32pm
 
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