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Grass Fire Burns 750 Acres in Denton County

Fire reported near Pilot Point

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012  |  Updated 11:37 AM CDT
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A grass fire in Denton County near Pilot Point was fueled by strong winds Wednesday afternoon.

Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

A grass fire in Denton County near Pilot Point was fueled by strong winds Wednesday afternoon.

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A large grass fire once burning out of control in Denton County is now contained, leaving firefighters tending to only hot spots Wednesday afternoon.

The Denton County Sheriff's Department says the fire is believed to have started when hot farm equipment being worked on by mechanics caught wheat and grass on fire near Riley Road and Tishler near Pilot Point

The fast-moving fire has also crossed roadways. As many as 750 acres may have been burned by the fire.

Four mobile homes were threatened but saved, while two barns were destroyed. An animal shelter in the path of the fire was evacuated and employees didn't have time to save the animals trapped inside. Thankfully, the fire was stalled just a few feet away and none of the animals were injured.

No further evacuations have been ordered due to the fire being in a predominately rural area.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said winds gusting to 30 mph made fighting this fire very difficult.  Officially, there is not a Red Flag Warning in effect. Besides the wind, the biggest problem for firefighters was getting firefighting equipment to the area.

The fire was fought by Grayson County, North Shore, Celina, Prosper and Denton County, among others.

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