Crews battle blaze in Quail Valley area


UPDATE 5:30P.M.:

According to the Quail Valley Volunteer Fire Department Chief, Shane Crimm, crews were dispatched to a structure fire near the intersection of Bristow Rd. and State HWY 208 just after 1:00p.m.

Upon arrival, the crews discovered the fire had ensued beyond the structure into several acres of old brush. Crews from the Grape Creek, Quail Valley and East Concho VFD’s were on scene battling the flames. At this time, the fire is contained within the original property where the fire began.

The structure and all surrounding vehicles are being considered a total loss. One firefighter received a minor injury to his ankle. No other injuries were reported and no one was in the home at the time of the fire.

Chief Crimm wants to remind everyone that this time of year, fires can ignite and spread quickly.

“This time of year, anytime we have winds above 5 or 6 miles per hour and humidity below 40%, these grasses will readily burn… These windy days, it’s very important to not have any fires get out of control. This fire started in the structure fire. Once it spotted into the brush piles, it was spotting at least 100 yards in front of where we were fighting the fire. That’s not uncommon for this time of year with any kind of wind at all,” said Chief Crimm.

According to Chief Crimm, the brush piles and debris will likely burn and make smoke for the next 3-4 days. The Quail Valley VFD will monitor them over the next few days and request assistance as needed.

Fire crews including Quail Valley and Grape Creek VFDs, are battling flames outside of San Angelo, near the Carlsbad area.

Our Amanda Lozano is on scene on Bristow Road just off of 208.

The fire began around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

We will bring you updates as we receive them.

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