Firefighters fear grass fire in SE Bexar County may not be the last

Dry, windy conditions could spark increase in grass fires, firefighters say

SAN ANTONIO – A grass fire that threatened a home Thursday morning in Southeast Bexar County could be the first of more to come for firefighters, officials said.

Harmony Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Rusty Cottrell said conditions are ripe for more trouble.

"With the weather that we're having now, it's way too dry," Cottrell said. "The winds are gusting way throughout the night and throughout the day. If you absolutely believe you have to burn something, make sure you do it properly (in) a metal container with (a) steel grate."

Cottrell was among about a dozen firefighters who responded to a grass fire around 5 a.m. Thursday behind a home on a private road near Donop Road and Interstate 37.

The fire blackened about 3 acres of land and caused some minor damage to the exterior of a home in which Quinn Briggs lives with his wife and a toddler daughter.

"(My wife) came in running, yelling, 'Fire!'" Briggs said. "So I grabbed a bucket and started pouring water on it."

Briggs said that before he knew it, the flames had spread beyond his backyard to a nearby field.

Firefighters quickly arrived and put it out. They said it appeared that a trash fire that Briggs started to burn Wednesday evening was not fully extinguished. Briggs said he thought he had the fire under control.

"A log rolled out or the wind blew the embers. We thought it was out, but then I wake up to her yelling, 'Fire!" he said. "We were about to lose everything that was ours, and that's scary in itself."

Briggs said he plans to be extra careful to prevent further trouble.

Cottrell advises residents to be cautious, and to call the nearest fire department with questions or concerns.

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