The assistance of Lane Aviation was pivotal according to witnesses
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Last week a grass fire raged across west Fort Bend County and thanks to the quick response by the local fire departments, county employees, neighbors, and a nearby crop dusting business, the fire was brought under control and no houses were lost.
At 4:30 p.m, on Wednesday afternoon, September 7, a wildfire was spotted at 5229 Foster School Road near Needville, according to the Fort Bend Office of Emergency Management (OEM).
The fire was snuffed out several hours later because of the immediate response and teamwork between the following fire departments: Needville, Beasley, Boling, Richmond, Rosenberg, Orchard, Hungerford, Fulshear, and Glen Flora.
Evacuations and road closures were handled by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety. However, the assistance of Lane Aviation was pivotal according to witnesses. Lane Aviation flew their crop dusters loaded with water over the fire and helped douse it from the air.
Also, equipment provided by Pct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison and his staff was also invaluable. The Precinct 1 Road and Bridge personnel helped with water and heavy equipment by bulldozing the fire back unto itself. Several local residents also drove heavy equipment to the area to help.
Less than 1,000 acres actually burned in the fire, no structures were lost although according to people on the scene, a couple of cars and a camper were consumed.
The fire was north of Needville and affected areas near Fenske Road, Baker Road, Foster School Road, and Williams School Road.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.