The Lumberton and Silsbee Fire Departments raced on Monday afternoon to a call of fire within the neighborhood of 300 Southland Drive, Lumberton.
“The call brought ours and Silsbee Fire’s tankers along with forestry and EMTs,” Lumberton Fire Chief Jeff McNeel.
It came in at 2:26 pm as an urgent call for water trucks to knock down a growing brush fire.
Crews attacked the fire from the residential area, “we fight from the black or the burnt side, pushing the fire away from us because of the wind conditions,” Assistant Chief Buddy Land, Incident Commander said.
By 3:45 pm the fire was under control and considered non-threatening, according to Assistant Chief Land.
Possibly, five to six acres were burned before they knocked down the flames.
“We finally got access to fire on the head-side, which is something we don’t like to do but the wind and a fenceline made it tough,” he said.
Once they were able to get the heavier trucks into the area it was over. They are mopping up the flare-ups and digging among the tree roots to make sure the fire is completely dead.
“We did have some flare-ups from the 15-25-mile-an-hour gusts,” Land said, adding they are taking are to extinguish those.
The cause and the start-up location are currently under investigation.