As multiple grassfires burned acres across Grayson County Sunday and Monday, Fire Marshal Kevin Walton advised residents to think twice before burning.
“I can’t tell people not to burn, but my advice is to hold off if you can, especially with brush piles and such,” Walton said.
Two small grassfires were reported early Monday afternoon, requiring response from multiple area fire departments. At about 1:30 p.m., firefighters were called to put out flames in a field on Bass Road near Ridgecrest Road on the peninsula north of Pottsboro. At about the same time, two other departments responded to a grassfire in the 1900 block of Cordell Road near Sadler.
Walton said Monday afternoon the second fire started from an unattended brush pile, and the fire burned less than an acre of land. He said it took the crews less than two hours to contain, but he expected it to take another couple of hours for the firefighters to finish mopping it up.
“Even though we’re not under a burn ban — everybody needs to remember that even though the weather is nice, it’s still the dead of winter,” Walton said. “Grass is dead, the leaves are dead, the trees are dormant, everything is in that dead state of winter plant growth.”
Walton said two grassfires were also reported Sunday; one burned about 20 acres near Gordonville during the afternoon. Sherwood Shores Volunteer Fire Department Chief Tim Bilderback said the fire may have started when a vehicle drove off onto dry grass. Firefighters from Whitesboro, Gunter, Tom, Bean, Callisburg, Gordonville and Pottsboro assisted the Sherwood Shore department in extinguishing the blaze. Departments started to be released from the fire at about 4 p.m. that day.
“People are going and doing silly things and leaving stuff unattended,” Walton said. “With a little bit of wind and dead winter grass, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s going to happen next.”
Criminal Justice Editor Jerrie Whiteley contributed to this story.