Grass Fire Destroys Wise County Homes

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Dec 22, 2010  |  Updated 11:10 PM CDT
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Wildfires Burn in Johnson, Wise Counties

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A grass fire in Johnson County burned several acres and a workshop Wednesday afternoon, while a separate fire destroyed two homes in Wise County.

Nearby residents could be seen assisting firefighters in trying to save the building, which was completely destroyed by the fire.

By 2 p.m., the grass fire appeared to have been snuffed out, though firefighters continued fighting the fire at the building.

The fire west of Crowley came close to two homes. Authorities said they think sparks from a blowtorch caused the fire.

A second grass fire fire broke out near the 300 block of County Road 4793 near the intersection of Farm-to-Market roads 51 and 2048 in Wise County, destroying two homes.

Authorities said the Wise County fire may have started by someone burning trash.

On Wednesday, under the threat of extreme wildfires across the state, Gov. Rick Perry issued a disaster proclamation for most of Texas.  Perry said the significant fire danger was expected to continue.

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