Nocona area firefighters battle grass fire across 75 acres

On March 5 multiple northern Montague County fire units assisted Nocona Rural Volunteer Fire Department with a grass fire near 199 Salmon Road.
Fire Chief Rusty Henley said they responded at 9:09 a.m. and while enroute saw a large column of smoke and requested an additional fire call more units. The first truck arrived 11 minutes after the initial call and reported a fast moving fire in heavy fuel with multiple structure being threatened.
Weather conditions included winds in excess of 17 miles per hour with gusts topping 31 mph said Henley. There were eight brush trucks on scene, two tenders from Nocona Rural VFD, Nocona and Montague VFDs assisted, along with the Montague County precinct four dozer and a tractor. They were able to contain the blaze to about 75 acres.
The fire was called contained at 11:22 a.m. Henley said three homes and 12 other structures were directly threatened and save. None were lost. The fire was caused by arcing power lines.