Area Firefighters Douse 60 Acre Blaze
Three area volunteer fire departments were dispatched to what was described as being a brush fire last Sunday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. The Blue Volunteer Fire Department was the first to respond to the fire, which was located on CR 333, less than one mile from the Lee/Bastrop County line. When they arrived, they saw that help was going to be needed, so they called Lexington VFD, who recommended that Fedor VFD be dispatched as well.
The fire was located in a heavily wooded area on a 1,000 acre ranch in northwest Lee County. A bulldozer operator hired by the landowner was on the scene and told the firefighters that he had lit brush piles three weeks ago near where the fire was blazing, but it could not immediately be determined if those fires were continuing to smolder, thereby causing the current fire.
When firefighters arrived on the scene, they surrounded the fire with nine brush trucks. As the fire approached one truck, the firefighters doused it, so they were able to keep the fire contained to about 60 acres.
Michael Milburn, Assistant Fire Chief of Lexington VFD, said, “We worked very systematically to keep this fire under control. There were 12 trucks at the scene; four from Lexington, four from Fedor and four from Blue. There were at least 27 firefighters at the scene, plus three from the Texas Forest Service, who came and built a break around the fire as they helped to evaluate the situation.”
He continued, “It was really nice to see so many volunteers show up. Everything went off without a hitch. We all worked very well together, making each of our jobs easier in the long run.”
Milburn said they fought the fire for about four hours.