By Gayle Erwin
On Sunday, upon traveling the beautiful highways of San Jacinto County on Highway 150 West on the way home in the 11800 area was the scene of the Coldspring VFD taking control of a fire at the John Atkins residence. Firefighters told the San Jacinto News-Times that the call came in about 2:52 in the afternoon by Atkins, stating. “my wife started the burn pile and within a few minutes it was out of control.” The Coldspring VFD responded to the scene and worked diligently to get the fire under control. Upon arrival to the scene at approximate 4:00 the three volunteer firemen were wrapping up procedures and placing equipment back on Tanker 121. The firefighters asked the San Jacinto News-Times to remind everyone that volunteers are always needed.
Later in the evening just next door to my home on Happy Trails, a matter of feet up Hwy 150 West, the neighbor had been burning piled brush. I noticed the flare up of the fire after he had left and became quite concerned of what could possibly occur. After keeping an eye on the fire until late in the evening, all was well.
This week’s forecast for heavy rain should lessen the fire danger for San Jacinto County. Although the winds whether cool or warm always bring danger when burning even in what seems to be a controlled environment.