Fire Continues to Smolder in San Benito


POSTED: Wednesday, August 3, 2011 - 2:59pm

UPDATED: Thursday, August 4, 2011 - 7:16am

Its day three for a fire that started late Monday evening and new progress has been made. Two bulldozers were brought in from McAllen this morning to help fight the flames.

“We brought in some heavy equipment to push things around and basically stir it up,” says Cameron County Chief Emergency Officer Humberto Barrera. “Having these bulldozers will allow us to get underneath the debris.”

Barrera says the heavy machinery allows fire fighter to put out flames they otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach.

“You’re talking about 20 to 25 acres of tires, junk, cars, trailers, other structures and chemical barrels,” says Barrera. “And with that comes the need for a lot of man power.”

Barrera says he is uncertain on when the fire will be completely extinguished but the County is using all its resources to fight the flames. According to Barrera, there were 26 units on hand today in San Benito.

“It's going to continue smoldering for several days but we are hoping to get it to at least 95 percent contained today,” says Barrera. “There are people around here that have breathing problems and asthma so we want to make sure we keep them safe.”

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