Controlled burn turns into grass fire
By Roger Cowan
A controlled burn on Thursday got a bit out of control when embers jumped Metting School Road. The column of smoke from the fire could be clearly seen from Nordheim, and at one point, a DeWitt County Sheriffs Deputy had to close Metting School Road due to a lack of visibility. Amy Stanchos, whose yard was set ablze by the wind-bown embers, stated that though the fire did burn less than acre of grass, it did not threaten any buildings or cattle. The Yorktown Volunteer Fire Department responded and did an excellent job getting the blaze under control quickly.
Though the current conditions have not pressed county officials to institute a burn ban, caution should be exercised in any burning efforts as the high winds and dry grass can lead to unexpected shifts in the path of any fire. Just last week, a controlled burn in Goliad county turned into a 500 acre fire which required multiple agencies and fire response planes to regain control of it.