Fire Flares Up In Edinburg


POSTED: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 6:35pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 8:59am

EDINBURG-  Another busy day for upper valley firefighters as the second day in a row that fires have sparked up. Tuesday's fire was caused by a trash fire.  Mother nature wasn't helpful, winds were again fanning the flames and for people who living in the near by neighborhood off Alberta Road feared that the fire would cross over the canal and consume their homes.

" Some flames came to the other side of the street and all this smoke it's too much," said Daniel Paton, who lives off Alberta Rd.

It was a smokey scene indeed, Hidalgo County Sheriff deputies blocked off Alberta Road from Raul Longoria to Paseo Drive before noon Tuesday when the blaze started. Fire crews from Alamo, Pharr and San Juan assisted Edinburg firefighters. The heavy dry brush in the area made it harder for fire crews to quickly contain the flames and that dry brush was easily seen all over the area which made Daniel Paton scared if the fire would cross and make it to where he lives.

"All of this side of the grass is all dry--so with one little flame it would start everything," said Paton.

The fire jumped the road and started to rip through a brush area on the other side of Alberta Road. ATV's were called in so they could help put out any hot spots that were left. The fire was contained in about two hours and scorched about 15 acres, homes were threatened but none consumed.

No one was injured during the blaze.

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