Penitas Grass Fire Burns 40 Acres

POSTED: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 - 8:17am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

Fire officials across the entire Valley are on high-alert tonight, as weather conditions are making it easy for a fire to spark.

Tonight, a blaze in Penitas kept firefighters battling for hours. Fire crews from all over Hidalgo County battled this blaze, which burned about forty acres of land in the colonia of Salida De Sol. Albert and Yvonne Parsons found themselves in the line of fire. "There is nothing we could do because the fire was coming and the wind was blowing that hard."

Hidalgo County's Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Coordinator, Tony Pena says, when there is a red-flag warning all residents need to be on high-alert. They say, tall grass kept the fire going for hours, but cut grass is what helped to stop it. "What helps more than anything is that they keep the grass trimmed," Pena says. Ron and Bea White maintain their lawn, but say there is a large area around them that is not kept up.

White says, "It certainly does need to be taken care of. I'm sure the cost of having all the fire trucks out there would exceed the cutting of the grass cost." The Whites run a ministry for the needy known as, "His Hands". They say, tonight they really felt they were in his hands.
"We are so thankful there was no loss of life and we thank God for that," Bea says.

Fire officials say nobody was injured and no homes were lost.
So now, residents of this colonia can finally enjoy their late-dinner with no fire-worries. The Fire Marshal says this fire is about 80 percent contained. They will continue to investigate how this fire started.

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