Dry, Windy Conditions Lead to Grass Fires in North Texas

Dry grass, high winds and hot temperatures fueled several wildfires in North Texas Thursday.

Late in the morning, Carrollton firefighters battled a small grass fire near Parker Road and Plano Parkway. Using brush trucks, firefighters were able to quickly contain the fire before it spread.

In Navarro County, a large grass fire burned through approximately eight acres, according to the county's office of emergency management. At about 1:30 p.m., Navarro County's OEM said the fire is along SE County Road 1050 and spreading rapidly. People are urged to avoid the area.

In Argyle, in Denton County, 40-50 acres burned near the Robson Ranch community.

In Argyle, in Denton County, 40-50 acres are burning near the Robson Ranch community.

Structures were originally threatened by the fire, but firefighters were able to reduce the risk and make headway into quenching the blaze. Some roads in the area were closed, but reopened at about 4:30 p.m.

And crews also fought a massive grass fire in Quinlan in Hunt County, where about 100 acres burned, destroying an agriculture shed.

Agencies from Fort Worth and Arlington assisted in extinguishing the flames, through the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System.

One firefighter was treated for heat exhaustion.

NBC 5 meteorologists forecast a record high of 96 degrees Thursday. The heat, mixed with dry grass and winds in excess of 10 mph, make for ample fuel for grass fires.

In Central Texas, the Hidden Pines Fire in Bastrop County is blamed for burning 4,200 acres and destroying nearly three dozen homes.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a state of emergency due to the number of wildfires currently burning statewide.

NBC 5's Brian Scott contributed to this report.

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