Putting out a fire

Staff photo by Albert Villegas

Firefighters from the Wharton VFD position themselves along a rail that separates land and the Warmart back parking lot during a brush fire.

The Wharton Volunteer Fire Department responded to what turned out to be a brush fire behind the Walmart store in Wharton at around 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. 

The wind played a factor in combatting the blaze, said Ryan Salazar, with the Wharton FVD, who was on site as the brush burned. 

The wind was carrying the smoke into adjacent properties, resulting in a heavy haze on FM 102

Salazar said he didn’t want the wind and smoke to prevent the firefighters from seeing, so they were positioned in a way they could place water on the fire to allow the smoke to be carried by the wind. 

Salazar said from the feed of fire, or point of ignition, it burned up to 50 feet of brush along a cement curb. 

A couple of firefighters tended to the burn as it was located next to a rail that was cemented into the Walmart pavement in the back of the building. Some Walmart employees looked on from a distance. A Wharton police unit also responded. 

There were no injuries reported.


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