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Firefighters respond to wildfire on Highway 67; dry conditions pose threat to area

Firefighters respond to wildfire on Highway 67; dry conditions pose threat to area
December 08
12:20 2020

By Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Local firefighters responded to a grass fire on State Highway 67 about two miles north of the intersection with U.S. Highway 180 East shortly after noon Monday, Dec. 7. Three Breckenridge Fire Department units and two Hubbard Creek Volunteer Fire Department trucks responded to the scene.

According to Breckenridge Fire Chief Calvin Chaney, the fire started along the side of the highway and spread into the nearby pasture. He said originally there were three small separate fires that came together as one fire.

The exact cause of the fire could not be determined. “You know, it could have been somebody dragging a chain, it could be a blow out, but we didn’t find anything definite,” he said.

Conditions in Stephens County are extremely dry, Chaney said, and the county is currently under a county-wide burn ban with no outside burning allowed.

“It’s starting again. It’s just that time of year. Everything is crunchy dry; it’s extremely dry,” he said. “The frost killed whatever green we had. It don’t take much right now get a fire going.”

A Hubbard Creek volunteer firefighter sprays water on a grass fire along Texas State Highway 67 on Monday. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Cutline, top photo: Breckenridge and Hubbard Creek firefighters spray water on a wildfire along State Highway 67, just north of U.S. Highway 180 east. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

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