Wind Fans Grassfire Back To Life

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MCLENNAN COUNTY (June 26, 2013)—A grassfire that scorched 75 to 100 acres Tuesday on the outskirts of Waco flared up again Wednesday afternoon as the wind gusted to near 20 miles per hour.

(Photo by Nichole Perez)

Firefighters were dispatched back to the scene at around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

On Tuesday firefighters from several area departments battled the smoky and fast-moving grassfire, which was burning in an area roughly bordered by University Parks Drive, South 3rd Street Road, East Tinsley Road and Lockwood Lane.

Officials said the fire was 100 percent contained by Tuesday evening, but said firefighters from Downsville and Waco would remain in the area overnight to watch for flare-ups.

Downsville volunteer firefighters first responded to the fire, which broke out Tuesday afternoon in the area of South University Parks Drive and Lockwood Lane, but quickly requested assistance from other departments.

Crews from Robinson, Golinda, Lorena and Waco also responded.

Smoke from the fire was blowing across roads in the area, reducing visibility and making driving hazardous.

Deputies and state troopers kept a close eye on homes and other structures in the area.