Multiple fire departments respond to brush blaze near Sinton

Posted at 11:05 PM, Apr 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 00:05:38-04

Fire crews from eight cities were called in to extinguish a brush fire near Sinton on Thursday afternoon.

The San Patricio County Fire Marshal said the blaze broke out just after noon on Thursday, spurred on by high winds and low humidity in the area. Fire crews from Rockport, Beeville, Skidmore, Gregory, Ingleside, Sinton, Odem and Taft responded in a combined effort to extinguish the flames.

It took firefighters all afternoon to contain the fire, which covered an area off of Couty Road 1945. Though the area was mostly uninhabited, several homes were threatened, forcing fire crews to refocus their efforts to keep those areas safe.

An investigation into the fire was underway at time of writing. Crews were still monitoring the site to watch for hotspots that could flare up due to the continued high winds.

Investigators said the fire may have begun near a home where residents were reportedly trying to dispose of tree limbs. Fire officials advise extreme caution with these types of activities due to recent weather conditions.

"Make the effort to clear their properties, keep them clean of debris, limbs, excess vegetations, so that the spread of fire is lessened by the fact that the properties are maintained properly," advised San Patricio County Fire Marshal Steven Loving.

Although at least one firefighter suffered from the effects of overheating, he was reportedly treated and remained on the site. There were no reports of any injuries.