There is no telling what sparked a grassfire near Woodsboro Monday afternoon. Fire officials said it could have been a cigarette butt, or a spark from the nearby train tracks.
Anything hot could have skipped across the highway or fallen from a vehicle to start the fire. Fire officials said in these hot and dry conditions, it doesn't take much to get a fire going.
At the fire that started on Highway 77, some three miles south of Woodsboro, firefighters were fortunate that the wind was working in their favor, but warned of what is possible in this heat.
"It doesn't take much to just take off," said Assistant Chief Trace Claybrook of the Woodsboro Fire Department. "We can have another Bastrop or Colorado. There's all kinds of wildfires everywhere, and it does not take much to do so. Especially with the South Texas winds."
A 911 caller phoned in the fire, and firefighters were quickly dispatched to the blaze to put it out before it got out of control. Firefighters warned drivers to be careful and not do anything that could cause a fire.
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