Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prairie Fires Ravage Texas Fields, Towns

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Prairie Fires Ravage Texas Fields, Towns

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Prairie fires that have already consumed thousands of acres of Texas grassland continued Saturday, needing only a spark from a passing train or an errantly tossed cigarette butt to ignite them.

Parched grass, trees and shrubs were consumed in seconds. The fires are pushed by wind and roar along at speeds of 40 mph across stretches of open country.

"You get out of the way or they'll run right over you," said firefighter Pat Harbold, who spent much of last week battling a 16,500-acre fire near Poolville, Texas.

"It's something out here on this prairie. You'll have flames taller than your truck and embers flying up in front of you. There's rabbits and other animals trying to get out of the way."

In the town of Bristow, where 17 homes and 24 barns turned to ashes, Fire Chief Bob Grant believes several blazes were the result of arson. No one has been arrested.

The fire in Poolville, 35 miles west of Fort Worth, injured more than 50 people and destroyed more than 150 homes and other buildings. …

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