Two Cameron County Blazes

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 6:30pm

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

In Cameron County, two large grass fires are keeping fire crews very busy today.
Just before six, in Harlingen, fire crews worked hard to control a second powerful fire in one day.
It happened off FM 509, near Ed Carey Drive and Expressway 77.
Crews from San Benito and Harlingen fought the flames.
The cause is still under investigation.
Earlier, around one this afternoon, the first of the two fires started along the U.S./Mexico border at a wildlife refuge.
Smoke filled the sky, along 1421 and Old Military Highway.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Harlingen firefighters along with San Benito, and La Feria fire crews all responded.
As you can see, it happened, where the newly constructed border fence is built.
Firefighters tell News Center 23, between 80 and 100 acres of wild refuge land has been scorched.
The fire is now under control.
At this time, they don't know how the fire began, but say, the dry conditions certainly did not help.
Firefighters want to remind everyone that with the dry conditions outside, everyone needs to be very careful, so fires like these don't start up.

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