MAGNOLIA, Texas – Firefighters have surrounded and contained a wildfire that was spreading near Magnolia overnight.
While the flames are not yet extinguished, the blaze is no longer spreading. The Texas Forest Service used bulldozers to dig a perimeter around 120 acres of burning brush.
One resident tweeted out what the wildfire looked like overnight.
Crews fought off a 15-foot wall of fire at one point. At one point, the fire got dangerously close to at least a couple of homes, which required that shelter-in-place alert be issued.
The fire started Sunday, but Tuesday morning everything looked fine and crews left. However, the fire started back up, likely because of wind blowing through the area.
“There was a bad storm, I know that, so everyone’s thinking it was a lightning strike,” said Crown Ranch resident Nick Burns. “It was very intense. You could actually feel the heat at times from our house. And we were thousands of feet away.”
“We had crews protecting all the residential structures within the neighborhood on the southern streets,” Jason Herrman, with the Magnolia Fire Department, said. “Everybody was allowed back in their house. As we sit tonight, no evacuations, no structural damage. Everything’s been contained to the south side of the neighborhood.”
This same area that burned in 2011. Dozens of homes burned to the ground then. Magnolia’s Fire Chief Gary Vincent said that ’11 fire caused millions of dollars worth of damage and was declared a federal disaster. That wildfire burned for seven days.
“It was pretty scary,” said Burns. “And that’s when they started getting ready to evacuate some of the houses over here. And we started to gather some things to, because we didn’t know what was going on.”
Investigators with the Montgomery County Fire Marshal’s Office launched drones to help figure out the cause. Until then, residents are using sprinklers and hoses to keep their properties wet.
Magnolia’s Fire Department reminds residents the fire is 100 percent contained. Firefighters say there’s no direct threat to any of these homes. Still, the Texas Forest Service is using bulldozers to solidify that perimeter. Firefighters will stay out in the Crown Ranch community for the rest of Wednesday to make sure hotspots don’t kick back up.
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