Ranch Fire Near San Manuel

POSTED: Monday, July 6, 2009 - 10:06pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:33pm

Today's heat is made it hard for fire crews to battle a grassfire near San Manuel.
Valley firefighters from were not only fighting ferocious flames, but they were fighting the hot temperatures too.
This fire began on La Muneca Cattle Company Ranch off US-281 and Miller Road around two this afternoon.
252 acres all scorched and burned.
The fire is now about 80 percent under control.
Hidalgo County's Emergency Management Coordinator and Fire Marshall, Tony Pena says 400 cows were evacuated and six homes were threatened.
Luckily, no cows or people were injured.
The worst of it, he says, came from the weather.
"What made the fire difficult today was it was very hot, the winds were gusting 26-30 mph, so with the heat and wind it made it very hard for firefighters," he says.
Firefighters from San Manuel, McAllen, and Pharr were just a few of the departments who helped put outh the powerful, fast-moving flames.
Hidalgo County's Fire Marshall says, with the dry, hot weather conditions, it's very important that everyone makes sure not to burn anything outdoors.
The cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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