Grass fire caused by spark from power line burns 6,600 acres in Concho County

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At least 6,600 acres of land was burned in a grass fire on Horse Creek Ranch Tuesday, according to the Concho County Sheriff’s Office. As of Wednesday afternoon, the fire is 95 percent contained and there are no active spots.

According to the Lake Ivie Fire Department’s Facebook page, the grass fire started from a power line, which sparked and started the flames in the grass that quickly spread to brush and trees.

The fire was reported at 10:48 a.m. Tuesday, and as of 7:47 p.m. Tuesday it was still burning. The fire has been named the 83 Fire, the department said. The Texas Forestry Service were on the scene as maintainers to create break lines to stop the fire from meeting more fuel.

Lake Ivie VFD, the Rowena Volunteer Fire Department and other VFDs were on the scene as well. Lake Ivie VFD reported that a water shortage led to the fire spreading too fast, along with wind shifts. Tuesday night, the department said, was one huge fire that turned into three. Several structures on Horse Creek Ranch were saved.


The department said in their post that anyone who would like to make donations, either by way of money, drinks, snacks, can take them to the firehouse off of FM 1929 E.