Causey Lane fire
Firefighters from across DeWitt County with the assistance of firefighters from Lavaca County, Victoria County and the Texas A&M Forest Service responded to a large grass fire on Causey Lane. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. There has been between 400 and 800 acres burned. Due to the heavy brush the acreage burned has not been confirmed.
Texas A&M Forest Service was asked to call in their helicopter to assist with an aerial guidance and with water drops to get a stop to the fire.
Crews had the fire 80 to 90 percent contained as of 1 a.m. with fire breaks in place by the Texas A&M Forest Service. Crews will return about 9 a.m. to continue containment and mop up of the fire. The fire could smolder for days due to the brush.
Fire Departments and agencies that assisted with the fire at this point include: Cuero Fire, Cuero VFD, Yoakum Fire, Thomaston VFD, Nursery VFD, Fortran VFD, Victoria Fire, Victoria County VFD, Shiner VFD, Sweet Home VFD, Cuero Fire Marshal/Chief, Victoria County Fire Marshal, Texas A&M Forest Service, DeWitt County Emergency Management Coordinator, DeWitt County Commissioner Pct. 2, TXDPS District Disaster Coordinator 17 and DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler.
DeWitt County Commissioners had voted on Monday to begin a burn ban as of 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1. Between 3 and 5 p.m. there were four fires burning in DeWitt County.