No injuries were reported Tuesday evening after a brush fire burned multiple acres on two residential properties in the 4500 block Preston Road in Denison.
Five area fire departments including Denison, Bells, Tom Bean, Pottsboro and Gunter responded to the fire, which Denison Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Allen Aaron Mallory said began when a homeowner left a barrel of burning trash temporarily unattended.
“She said she turned her back to do something else for a little bit, and when she came back the flames had spread through the grass,” Mallory said.
The battalion chief said when he and crews first arrived on the scene, the fire had only reached flat open ground. But a change in the wind’s direction quickly carried the flames across the field, through a wooded area and onto the neighboring property to the north. A 25 to 30 foot tree also caught fire, prompting crews to enter the wooded area and cut it down with chainsaws and extinguish the flames.
Grayson County Deputy Fire Marshal Kerry Price said the fire was just one of four that area crews responded to on Tuesday and all were the result of either trash burning or attempted controlled burns.
Price said that although the state of Texas allows the public to burn under wind gusts that range from 6 to 26 miles per hour, people should refrain from burning whenever there is wind.
“Quit burning,” Price said. “I understand that people have to, but when you do, do it on a day when the wind isn’t blowing.”
Price said no charges or citations are expected to be filed against the homeowner who left the trash barrel unattended.