Grass fire in Temple burns acres of airport property


A large grass fire burned about 20 acres of Temple airport property on Highway 36 Sunday afternoon. 

Firefighters say no one was injured and no buildings, vehicles or planes were damaged. 

Officials believe it may have been a passerby vehicle that sparked a fire by accident. 

Initial reports were of 10-12 small grass fires burning next to the roadway spreading toward Airport property. 

Due to extremely dry vegetation and prevailing south winds, additional Temple Fire units responded. 

A short time later, the Incident Commander requested assistance from the East Side Task Force, which supplied additional vehicles and firefighters from neighboring fire departments.

Mutual aid was provided by the following departments: Belton, Holland, Little River Academy, Moffat, Morgan’s Point, Rogers, Salado, Sparta and Troy. 

These departments provided a total of 15 units to assist Temple and were instrumental with extinguishing a number of grass fires in different locations. 

The Temple Airport Crash Truck also assisted with extinguishing efforts. 

Two bulldozers from the Texas A&M Forest Service were requested and sent to create a fire break.  

Due to the amount of smoke generated by the fire, air traffic was shut down, with no aircraft arriving or departing from 6:40 to 7:55 p.m 

Firefighters say these small fires can turn into a large fire very quickly, especially as we go through this week with the low humidity, the high heat we are gonna have. 

They say if you see a grass fire anywhere call 9-1-1 immediately.

Bell County is currently under a burn ban. 

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