Edwards County grass fire destroys 2 homes, forces evac­uations

Texas Forest Service: 5,500 acres burned

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EDWARDS COUNTY, Texas – A massive grass fire in Edwards County destroyed two homes and forced the evacuation of 40 others late Tuesday night, according to the American Red Cross in the Texas Hill Country.

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American Red Cross officials said they were standing by in case a shelter needed to be opened Wednesday.

The Texas Forest Service reports that 5,500 acres have burned after a grass fire was started Tuesday at the Brown Ranch.

The fire is burning about 15 miles southwest of Rock Springs near Highway 674 and County Road 550.

Officials said three campers were barbequeing when their pit turned over and caught the grass on fire. High winds and tall grass caused the fire to spread quickly.

Several fire departments in the area are working together to put out the fire, which was reportedly 40 percent contained Tuesday evening.