Grass fire

A controlled burn on FM 2438 near Old Seguin Luling Road caused issues for drivers as smoked crossed the road on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Firefighters from Seguin and Kingsbury put out the flames due to safety concerns.

Area firefighters had a pair of small grass fires to contend with on Tuesday afternoon.

Guadalupe County Fire Marshal Patrick Pinder said the fires burned about 9 acres of land.

A controlled burn on Hotshot Lane scorched about 4 acres after getting away from the property owner, Pinder said.

“The one on Hotshot Lane was a controlled burn that was called in,” he said. “He was burning some stumps and some brush and it got away from him and caught the hay field on fire.”

Firefighters from Lake McQueeney and Lake Dunlap Fire Departments were able to contain the blaze to the property it started on, Pinder said.

“No damage was done to anybody else’s property,” he said.

The second fire was a controlled burn on FM 2438 near Old Seguin Luling Road that was causing hazardous driving conditions, Pinder said.

“It was called into the Sheriff’s Office as an agricultural burn,” he said. “We were called out there because smoke was crossing the roadway from that controlled burn.”

The fire was about five acres and under control, but, firefighters extinguished the flames for safety concerns, Pinder said.

“Upon arrival, Seguin Fire Department and the Kingsbury Volunteer Fire Department put the fire out because of the safety concerns of the smoke crossing the roadway,” he said.

Firefighters and law enforcement officers are more often responding to a wildland fire that began as a controlled burn, Pinder said.

“During the month of February, the Sheriff’s office responded to 14 controlled burns that got out of control,” he said. “All of them were called into the sheriff’s office and got out of control.”

Firefighters from Guadalupe County volunteer fire departments responded to 43 fires and one hazmat incident during February, Pinder said. 

“In February, fire departments were called out to 18 illegal burns, 14 control burns, seven grass fires, one hazmat incident, one unattended burn and two vehicle fires,” he said.

Pinder is reminding community members to stay with their fires at all times and to never leave them unattended. Additionally, when starting a controlled burn to make sure to check the weather and wind conditions prior to lighting the fire and to always have a water source readily available and a cell phone, Pinder said.

“Notify us immediately if it gets out of control so we can get first responders and firefighters en route to extinguish the fire before any additional property is damaged,” he said. “If a controlled burn gets out of control, the property owner who started the burn is responsible for the damages.”

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