MAYPEARL – Firefighters saved a residence from a grass fire that burned 40 acres Wednesday. First responders were dispatched to Brigman Road at about 1 p.m.
“When we established command, we started calling for mutual aid. The guys immediately tried to put a stop on the fire,” Maypearl firefighter Justin Stinson said. “Shuttle operations were conducted with water tankers.”
Members of the Texas Forest Service were called in to provide assistance with two strike teams. The first team provided six engines, a plane and a helicopter that did aerial water drops. The second team brought three additional engines and three bulldozers.
Mutual aid was received from the Italy, Milford, Itasca, Forreston, Grandview and Forreston fire departments, while the Maypearl Police Department provided traffic control. Also responding to the call were members of East Texas EMS, the American Red Cross and Hilco Electric Cooperative.
Maypearl Fire Chief Trey Moon said no residents had to be evacuated but livestock in the area was relocated. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office. No injuries were reported by residents or firefighters working at the scene.
Moon expressed his appreciation to the different departments and agencies for their assistance on the call.
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