Northeast Tarrant

March 11, 2014

Grass fires under control near Trophy Club, Jacksboro

Area firefighters managed to get two grass fires — one near Trophy Club, the other near Jacksboro — under control late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

Area firefighters gained control of three North Texas grass fires -- including a large one near Trophy Club -- early Wednesday despite strong north winds that hampered their efforts.

A large grass fire north of Trophy Club swelled to about 100 acres Tuesday evening, but firefighters got it under control early Wednesday. No structures were damaged. Initially, officials had reported 350 acres were scorched, but that number went down after authorities re-evaluated the area Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters did go door-to-door in the Trophy Club area, alerting residents of the grass fire danger.

“We told them to be ready to evacuate,” said Trophy Club police Commander Lee Delk on Wednesday morning. “But no one had to leave their homes.”

Delk estimated that about 50 homes were threatened by the fire.

The grass fire started about 3 p.m. Tuesday in woods just southwest of Lake Grapevine near Trophy Club, Delk said.

Authorities had not determined how the fire started.

Delk said firefighters from Denton and Tarrant counties fought the blaze. A dispatcher said five brush trucks and a tanker were sent from fire departments in Saginaw, Lake Worth, Haslet, Blue Mound and Eagle Mountain.

Meanwhile, a Jack County fire burned about 40 acres Tuesday evening near Jacksboro, and no structures were damaged, according to Jacksboro Fire Chief Jeremy Jennings on Wednesday morning. Fire crews got that blaze under control about midnight.

A Bosque County fire was under control about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

As the fires continued to burn Tuesday evening, the weather service issued “red flag warnings” for both Denton and Jack counties because of the cold front moving in. Temperatures reached the low 40s Wednesday morning.

It was a warm day to be fighting fires Tuesday. The high of 86 was recorded at 5:23 p.m. at DFW Airport. It was not a record, though. That distinction goes to March 11, 1955, when it reached 93.

Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.

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