18-wheeler trailer goes up in flames along highway

City of Bowie Firefighters responded to a semi-tractor trailer fire on the shoulder of U.S. 287 near the State Highway 101 exit around 3 p.m. Thursday. The truck had been able to uncouple from the trailer and move away from the fire that sent huge columns of white and black smoke into the sky. The fire also sparked a grass fire along the highway and Bowie Rural and Sunset VFD assisted with that blaze. Traffic was being diverted to the service road on the northbound side of U.S. 287. (Photo by Barbara Green)