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January 27, 2014

Controlled burn goes bad

Corsicana — What was reported to have started as a controlled burn Monday became “un-controlled” and threatened at least one structure before being extinguished by volunteer firefighters.

Firefighters battled muddy fields and winds gusting as high as 37 miles per hour Monday afternoon as they fought the blaze just west of Barry on State Highway 22.

Volunteers from several agencies were called in to help get ahead of the fire, which was described as “fast moving” with the gusty winds blowing Monday afternoon.

The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management reported the blaze covered about 15 acres and was primarily contained between Highway 22 and NWCR 2230.

According to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, outdoor burning should be conducted when winds are less than 23 miles per hour. A weather report obtained by firefighters at the time of the blaze indicated winds gusting to 34 miles per hour. A check the National Weather Service readings from C. David Campbell Field in Corsicana indicated winds gusting to 30 miles per hour shortly before the fire was reported. Information obtained by the Daily Sun from the online source WeatherBug reported winds gusting as high as 37 miles per hour in Corsicana at the time of the alarm.

Firefighters from Blooming Grove, Frost, Retreat, Barry and Emhouse responded to the alarm shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.

Sheriff’s deputies and the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management were also at the scene.

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