Officials said a mower is the likely culprit behind a grass fire Tuesday that has burned more than 250 acres by mid-afternoon in an area between Ike and Boyce roads, just east of the Ike community on Farm-to-Market 878.
Several area fire departments, the Ellis County Sheriff’s office and other county officials responded to the fire, which spanned an area from near Ike to almost the Boyce community.
Jeff Alexander, battalion chief for Waxahachie Fire Department, assessed the scope of the fire from an Air Evac helicopter.
“There were around 250 acres that burned and there were several houses that were threatened, but, as of yet, there was no structure fire with the exception of (a recreational vehicle),” Alexander told the Daily Light.
Ellis County Commissioners Pct. 1 Dennis Robinson, Pct. 2 Bill Dodson and Pct. 3 Heath Sims were on hand with each of their precincts to provide water trucks and resources to supplement the six fire departments that responded, which included Ferris, Ovilla, Bristol, Palmer, Waxahachie, Red Oak and Forreston, with East Texas EMS on standby.