A wildfire burned acres of land behind residents homes on FM 440 in Holliday, Tuesday evening. Firefighters said an equipment failure was to blame.
The cross arms on one of the main power poles failed, causing two power lines to touch. This is what firefighters say caused the wildfire. Bowman, Lakeside City, and Holliday Volunteer Fire Departments quickly responded to the blaze, as well as two water tenders and five brush trucks.
Firefighters were on scene for over two and a half hours, as an estimated fifty acres burned. Firefighters were made aware of fire hydrants located in the area, which Bowman V.F.D. Fire Chief John Strenski said, is very rare in wildland fire situations. He said firefighters were thoughtful as they used as little water as possible, given the drought conditions.
Surprisingly firefighters left the scene while the fire was still burning. "Prior to leaving the fire ground, we made sure that everything was out within 20 feet of any live fuels. But, like any fire it may decide to do it's own thing," said Chief Strenski.
Over 200 residents were without power as Oncore crews worked quickly to restore power. Encore officials said, power was restored to all customers Tuesday evening.
There were no injuries reported and the nearby homes were never in any danger.