POSTED: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 10:26pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
News Center 23 continues to cover two fires, which kept emergency crews fighting the flames for more than five hours in Hidalgo County.
The first in McAllen, a 4-alarm fire, off Business 83 and South Ware Road, causing road closures for several hours.
The second blaze sparked in the grassy fields of La Joya, off FM 2211 and Jar Chinas Rd.
McAllen Fire crews joined La Joya, Palmview, Mission and Pharr Firefighters to fight this multi-acre blaze.
La Joya Firefighters are breathing sighs of relief and taking a load off, now that this 200 acre blaze is under control.
"So far we've used about 7-thousand to 8-thousand gallons of water."
They fought it with truck loads of water and hard work.
La Joya Fire Chief, Richard Flores says, after battling the high flames for hours, they finally handed it over to the U.S. Forest Service to backburn, and trap those flames.
While they did this, the sky was still filled with smoke.
Chief Flores says, the good news is no one was forced to get out.
"No, there's no houses out here, no livestock., we were lucky it stopped before it got to the livestock."
"These firefighters say what they need after fighting a fire on a hot day like today, is something cold and refreshing."
"Other firefighters had to be re-habbed because they were dehydrated because of the amount of heat and equipment they were wearing."
Although, no firefighters in La Joya got de-hydrated,that wasn't the case for McAllen fire fighters who battled an afternoon fire on Ware road. one firefighter even suffered from something worse than de-hydration.
"We did have some injuries to our firefighters, one was a leg injury."
But with injuries and heat exhaustion, McAllen Firefigher, Lt. Rene Alaniz says they continued to fight this 5-acre fire, which started in this field, and then made it's way to a nearby building.
"We had one structure, which is behind a storage unit, when the fire went over, one of the storage units caught fire."
"The Best Little Warehouse in Texas" storage unit, suffered fire damage, but at this time, Lt. Alaniz, says they are not sure how much it will cost to repair.
So with these two fires both under control, Fire Fighters want you to know.
"People need to be very careful about outside burning, we have wind warnings, and red flag warnings," Alaniz says.
Both blazes are still under investigation.