Officials Say Welding Work Sparked Fire near Brownsville Landfill

Posted: Updated:

UPDATE (1/9): Officials say they now know what sparked a five-acre fire near a Brownsville landfill Monday afternoon. 

Brownsville Interim Deputy Fire Chief Rick Najera said a worker was welding on the property when the dry grass caught fire.

Firefighters were called back Tuesday to put out some hot spots that re-ignited. 


BROWNSVILLE – Brownsville fire crews are monitoring a grass fire, trying to make sure the embers don’t reignite.

The fire is under control, but crews want to make sure the fire doesn’t reach the city’s landfill.

Roughly four acres of brush and railroad ties were burned after a fire broke out around 4 p.m. on the 1800 block of Medford Drive near Ruben Torres Blvd on Monday.

Crews say some tires were also in the mix, but they were quickly put out. 

Brownsville Office of Emergency Management and public works were also on the scene to help fire crews.

One of the difficulties with fighting the fire was trying to get access to it. Crews brought in a drone to help get a look at where the fire was burning.

“Our main concern is that back area towards that corner. We don’t want the fire to jump towards the landfill area. So we’re going to get a good aerial view of the area that’s burning so that we can either access to extinguish that or see if there is access to get to that fire,” explained Brownsville Interim Deputy Fire Chief Rick Najera.

The fire was under control by 7 p.m. Najera tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the city plans to place a burn ban this Thursday.

With low humidity and the ground dry, he says these conditions are optimal for fires to easily burn and spread.

Brownsville fire is investigating the cause of the brush fire. We’ll pass along any new information as it becomes available.

Para leer noticias en español, visite nuestra sección Español.
  • Stories

    • Hours-Long Standoff in Pharr

      Police responded to a home near Cherokee Avenue and South Sugar Road in Pharr.

    • 15-year-old girl shot at Texas school; boy, 16, arrested

      Authorities say a 15-year-old female student has been airlifted to a hospital after being shot at her high school in a small town south of Dallas.
    • Investigators say it happened Jan. 5 on the 1100 block of E Alton Gloor Boulevard.

    • Suspect in slaying of Texas woman dies after shooting self

      Officials say a 37-year-old Army veteran suspected of fatally shooting his estranged wife or girlfriend in San Antonio and then fleeing with their 18-month-old son has died after shooting himself.
    • Congressman Cuellar Reacts to Shutdown

      Congressman Henry Cuellar said he voted to keep the government open because he knows how this will impact the Rio Grande Valley.