The Ellis County Fire Marshal’s Office is seeking help from the public who might have any information about a grass fire that took place Thursday, Sept. 26.

The fire burned around 160 acres of a cut wheat field located off of Old Maypearl Road and Cunningham Meadows Road.

Emergency Service District No. 6 Fire Chief Gavin Satterfield said he received the call about the fire about 2:30 p.m. One of the factors working against firefighters was the wind that was pushing the fire.

Crews were able to prevent the fire from jumping across Old Maypearl Road where several residences were located.

A water supply to fight the fire was established by placing water tankers at two areas to refill brush trucks. Providing mutual aid on the call were members of the city of Waxahachie, Forrreston, Italy, Palmer, Ovilla and Maypearl Fire Departments.

Satterfield said the assistance of the residents was vital because they opened up gates and provided firefighters with access to the property to fight the fire. Crews remained on site for about two hours.

Ellis County Assistant Fire Marshal Joshua Hibschman said the cause of the fire appears to be suspicous and is currently under investigation by the fire marshal’s office. Anyone with information about the fire is asked to call the fire marshal’s office at 972-825-5555.

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