Bexar County firefighters battle brush fire spanning nearly 500 acres amid windy conditions

Area fire officials were called to several fires throughout the day

SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County firefighters fought several fires throughout the area Saturday afternoon due to drought conditions and high winds, including a brush fire that spanned nearly 500 acres.

The fire happened on the city’s Southeast Side near Loop 1604 and FM 3432, keeping crews occupied throughout most of the day.

Fire officials said due to the dry land, low humidity and high winds, it created the perfect storm for brush fires to start and spread quickly.

No injuries were reported and the flames threatened up to about 50 homes and livestock, according to fire officials. However, there were no damages.

Community members also brought out their tractors to aid crews in getting the flames under control.

Firefighters said it wasn’t an easy battle and they were more conservative with resources due to the risky weather conditions.

Although the winds have since grown weaker, fire officials are reminding residents to still be cautious when burning items, flicking cigarettes or dragging chains while driving as the dry land can still easily ignite.

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