Montgomery County Wildfires

September 6, 2011 by staff 

Montgomery County WildfiresMontgomery County Wildfires, The local fire departments and emergency response teams continue to battle this morning to a 1,600-acre wildfire that has spread Grimes, Montgomery and Waller. The fire has destroyed at least 80 houses.

Evacuation was ordered yesterday to parts of Grimes, Waller and Montgomery counties after the fire started at 3 pm and spread rapidly due to strong winds caused by Tropical Storm Lee, officials said. KHOU reported that the main head of the fire had been contained at around 10:15 on 05 September.

In Montgomery County, residents who live between FM 1774 and FM 1486 received mandatory evacuation orders. Subdivisions have been evacuated include Crest Ranch, Walnut Bend, and West River Park Ranch Magnolia.

Grimes County, the Lake with subdivisions Hollyhills Holly Springs are under mandatory evacuation orders and Waller County, authorities ordered evacuations of residents living along FM 1488 and FM Road 1774 and Riley and Bower, according to KHOU.

Some residents were ordered to evacuate were allowed to return to their homes. The residents of the Clear Creek, Clear Creek Forest Crown Ranch can go home.

“We hope the wind stays down,” Sowell.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell said one of the households were in Hollyhills Lake subdivision, which has been completely evacuated. He said there are still several hot spots in burning weeds in the county.

The fire broke out in northern Montgomery County and has spread to parts of the Grimes County near Todd Mission along areas of FM Road 1774 and Riley. The Sheriff’s Office Grimes County has established a command post in the Texas Renaissance Festival.

Aid Centers have been created in the Magnolia High School, the Grimes County Expo Center and the First Baptist Church in Waller, in lanes 5 and foremost.

According to the Texas Forest Service, the fire was aided by strong winds from Tropical Storm Lee and extremely dry conditions.

The Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management said more than 50 fire appliances.

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