Crews snuff out grass fire
No injuries as blaze covers at least 40 acres
By Dan Packard, firstname.lastname@example.org
A broken street light might have caused a grass fire in northwest Amarillo that kept firemen busy for about an hour Monday. Firefighters responded at about 11:40 a.m. to the blaze at the southeast corner of the intersection of Coulter Street and Ninth Avenue.
High wind pushed the flames eastward through a vacant field for about a mile to the edge of Medical Park North Lake.
Smoke blowing across Ninth Avenue caused the street’s closure until about 12:20 p.m.
No structures were threatened and no one was injured, said Capt. Bob Johnson of the Amarillo Fire Department.
Johnson estimated the fire consumed 40 to 50 acres of open field.
“It wasn’t too bad,” he said. “It wasn’t really going anyplace. The grass wasn’t too tall, either. That helped a lot.”
Four AFD grass units and four engines brought the fire under control in about an hour, Johnson said.
Johnson cited a broken street light near the intersection as a possible cause.
“A street light broke. It was bent over and people saw sparks coming out of it,” he said.
An official cause had not been determined late Monday.