Multiple Grass Fires Burning in Hidalgo Co. Contained

Posted: Updated: Jan 12, 2018 12:40 AM

NEAR MONTE ALTO – Thursday night’s conditions resulted in multiple wind-aided fires across parts of Hidalgo County.  

Fire crews managed to contain a fire early Thursday evening in Linn-San Manuel east of US 281 on FM 186.

Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider says livestock and several homes were threatened, but firefighters were able to save them

He added the fire, driven by winds of up to 35 miles per hour, burned 40 acres before it was extinguished.

While a CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew headed to the scene of another blaze, they stumbled upon a brush fire on FM 1422 east of FM 88. The fire burned for about an hour before it died out.

A third fire was also reported before 10 p.m. on Jose Flores Road and Mile 21 near Monte Alto. The blaze was threatening homes in the area but crews were able to control it.

Monte Alto Fire Chief David Garcia says it burned around 30 to 40 acres. 

He also tells us there were two house fires about a mile apart from each other. One was reported on Oak Hills Subdivision. Those two fires were put out.

A fire near the Brownsville airport on North Iowa and Billy Mitchell is also under control.

Brownsville Fire Chief Jarrett Sheldon said the flames threatened some warehouses but was contained. He said downed power lines likely caused the fire.

So far, no injuries have been reported. 

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