Grimes County Wildfire

June 21, 2011 by USA Post 

Grimes County WildfireGrimes County Wildfire, Grimes County A wildfire that started the weekend has consumed more than 20 homes and burned 4,000 hectares. Evacuations have been called for all residents along County Road 305 in Navasota. Two injuries have been reported. Grimes County authorities say a civilian was trapped between two fire trucks and taken to hospital in an unknown state.

Another civilian was injured, but no one knew how. There was no indication of a branch of a tree fell on the person, but that was not confirmed. A school in Plantersville is serving as a command post and an evacuation center for the authorities and residents.

Around 4:40 pm, the Red Cross announced that it would open an emergency shelter in the old school gymnasium in the stable high Navot 9200 of Highway 90 South. It is expected to open by 7 pm

The organization urges all evacuees to entry, if possible, bring:

- Bed linen and pillows
- Prescription Drugs
- Sunglasses
- Diapers and formula for people who bring babies
- Toys, books and games for people with young children

From 1 pm Monday, Grimes County officials said 21 houses were destroyed in the fire confirmed. A total of 35 structures burned.

Firefighters said wind gusts of 40 mph were hampering efforts to extinguish the fire, which earlier on Monday afternoon was only 25 percent of content.

On Monday night, the fire was 10 percent contained.

The fire was first reported Sunday afternoon in an area near Dyer Mill Road and County Road 302. It is believed that a backyard barbecue was the catalyst for the massive fire, according to researchers.

The fire is just one of several reported in southeast Texas for a period of a few days.

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