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    A trailer which caught fire Sunday, May 10 outside Graham. The property owner said the trailer was unoccupied and they had a control burn earlier in the day that caught grass on fire. (Leader photo by Madalyn Heimann)
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    A water truck from Salt Creek Volunteer Fire Department sprays water on burning brush as a fire closes in on Old Bunger Road South Sunday, May 10. This was the seventh grass fire in Young County over a four day stretch. (Leader photo by Madalyn Heimann)

Grass fires break out in county

Firefighters around Young County battled several grass fires across the county Thursday through Sunday, as warmer temperatures and winds came through the area.

A total of seven fires started over the four-day period. Two grass fires broke out on opposite sides of Young County on May 7, the first being dispatched at 2:43 p.m. near Lowe Road in Newcastle and the second at 2:58 p.m. on FM 3109 near South Bend, which started after a powerline fell.

On Friday, May 8, two fires occurred, the first near Newcastle on 251 and Morris Road at 2:39 p.m. and the second was on Wells East Road at 7:25 p.m.

Another grass fire started off Young Road on Saturday, May 9, at 3:03 p.m.

The final two fires occurred Sunday, May 10, the first at 11:43 a.m. off 1800 Hwy. 16 North and the final being at 3037 Old Bunger Road South, which started as a grass fire but spread to a travel trailer.

County Fire dispatched Olney, Loving, Murray, Newcastle, Salt Creek and Eliasville Fire Departments along with the Young County Sheriff’s Office to the scenes throughout the county. With the fire on Old Bunger Road, Graham Fire responded as structures were threatened. The departments were able to control the fires, including a bulldozer being used to contain several of the fires.

For the full story, see the Wednesday, May 13 edition of The Graham Leader.



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