He added that planes were used in the area to drop large quantities of fire extinguishing agents, giving ground crews the opportunity to form fire lines and contain the fire.
By about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Powell said the fire was contained enough for most departments to evacuate the building. Later that night, however, it came back roaring.
“Last night around eleven o’clock they started asking the units to come back where we could help them and this fire got further and further away from them. And it spread pretty quickly,” Powell said.
For hours they struggled to contain the flames while facing a vast and arid tract of land with homes nearby. But Powell says no injuries were reported and all structures were spared.
“Actually, we didn’t have to evacuate. We told people be ready, so they were up and ready. It burned to some people’s houses, right next to them, but we kept it as far away from them as possible,” he said.
Many of the departments have been able to leave, but Powell notes the area is on a red flag warning, meaning weather conditions that could fuel a fire remain great, particularly in areas affected by the spillover.
“The grass is literally knee high in some places, if not taller. It’s pretty flat for the most part, so as the fire burns, it takes off,” Powell said.
He worries that this first major fire could be the precursor to a bad fire season for Chaves County, but says there are steps people can take to reduce the risk of fires, such as: B. Keeping grass and vegetation short and clearing debris that could add fuel to a possible fire.
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