Grass fire burns an est. 200 acres near Windthorst

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - A grass fire scorches parts of highway 25 and 172 near Windthorst Friday afternoon.

Fire officials from 5 different departments battled the blaze that started around 1:30 p.m.

It took them about 45 minutes to put it out.

Richard Farmer, the Bowman Fire Captain said the fire started on 25 and jumped FM 172, which makes them think the blaze started because of a chain dragging from a vehicle.

Even though the fire was contained smoke and hotspots could be seen throughout the evening

One homeowner who lives off of 25 said he is grateful firefighters were able to get the blaze out before it made it to his home.

"I'm just thankful for the fire department," said William Boykin. "These guys do awesome work, they're good."

Boykin said he is no stranger to the risk grass fires bring.

"About 6 to 7 years ago there was a big fire over here, so this did scare me," said Boykin. "I'm glad the wind was blowing south instead of north."

Around 7:00 p.m. fire officials were still on scene digging up dirt to make sure the fire did not spark back up.

An estimated 200 acres was burned, and firefighters said windy and dry conditions played a major role in the fire spreading.

At this time, no homes have been damaged and no injuries were reported.

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