There is a fire on the West Side of Crown Ranch Boulevard in the trees in Montgomery County. According to a Montgomery County Sheriff on-scene, a resident of Crown Ranch stated that the fire began yesterday and was told it was contained. Folks, this fire is neither contained nor is it just standing still.
As most of us may recall, the past two days have been tremendously eventful. First, the windstorm of Wednesday, August 24th that felt like hurricane force winds. These torrential winds left a great many without power due to fallen trees, fallen electrical lines, exploding transformers. This took Entergy just at 24 hours to get everyone’s power back on.
Today, we have something that is truly scary, a forest fire within feet of Crown Ranch. It is premature but there are folks who figure that the torrential rains of Wednesday were enough to allow for a burn here and there. Don’t be fooled. These Texas grounds are beyond dry. They are matchsticks waiting for a fuse so that they may run with the wind. As you will see from the photo slide show, the wind is not blowing so strong. Interestingly enough, this fire may be containable, if instant action is swift and decisive.
While driving through Crown Ranch following the smoke stream at approximately 4:18 p.m. this afternoon, this reporter had an opportunity to speak with a couple who survived the Dyer-Mill Fire of Father’s Day in June of 2011, barely. They explained how they saw the green smoke of this new fire and became panicked. While speaking with them, they stated their S.U.V., which contained two very scared small dogs, also contained their important papers and whatever valuables they could scoop up and load safely.
This couple had called Montgomery County 911 who stated that it was Grimes County’s fire, the couple then called Grimes County 911, and Grimes said it was Waller County’s fire. Then suddenly, out of the east, came a Montgomery County helicopter to survey the situation.
At that very moment, two Montgomery County Sheriff’s cars passed us. The couple was truly concerned and you could hear the fear in the woman’s voice while describing the confusion between the three different counties’ emergency departments.
To help folks better understand why, this particular area is much like driving away from Washington, D.C.’s Reagan National Airport. You drive to an intersection while departing the airport to your destination, and literally, if you go forward you are in Maryland, turn right – you are in Washington, D.C., turn left and it is Virginia.
That is exactly the situation with this area of Montgomery, Grimes and Waller Counties. You are standing in the road and you are actually in no-man’s territory.
Regardless, please do not burn anything at all. Make certain you do not throw your cigarettes out of the window and please do not bar-be-que, as sparks will ignite the grass, regardless of Wednesday’s rain.
As more facts become available, we will update you. In the interim, saturate your lawns, trees, shrubs and secure your property by removing anything flammable. If you are on a well, run your sprinklers around the clock to keep everything on your property wet. If you are on the Dobbin-Plantersville water, give them a call for any water issues they may be having in an effort to make certain there is plenty of water for our Firefighters.