Above, a grass fire lights up the evening sky on Tuesday, Jan. 7, east of Sulphur, on S.H.7 and Powell Rd.
Below, thick, black smoke billows up from a fire the next day, west of Sulphur, on Burnside Rd. at Grider Rd. Sulphur and area fire departments were kept busy both days, working multiple hours to beat back the flames. Firemen encountered poor visibility on the second fire as the photo below shows.
Area Fires Burn Multiple Acres
Lighting Up The Sky
Area Fire Departments had their hands full last week, fighting blazes on both sides of Sulphur where multiple acres of thick grass and structures burned.
On Tuesday evening, January 7, the Sulphur Fire Department received a call at approximately 5:45 p.m. of a grass fire on S.H. 7, east of Sulphur on Powell Road.
Sulphur Fire Chief Pete Haines said firefighters were met with a blaze that had started on the roadway and were hampered by strong south winds that quickly moved the fire north. Firemen were able to stop and contain the fire at the first road north of Powell Road, according to Haines, but not before the blaze burned approximately 20 acres.
According to Haines, there were reports that the fire started by sparks from a vehicle dragging a trailer.
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