Pesky brush fire keeps departments on the run

Units from three area volunteer fire departments have been called out to what began as a controlled burn at least four times since Saturday.

Milano VFD fire chief Jesse Love said that a brush pile that was being burned at the Paul Myers residence on CR 322 was the cause of the blaze that had burned around 20 acres as of Tuesday afternoon.

MVFD, Rockdale and Cameron fire units fought the blaze for several hours on Saturday night. Milano and Rockdale firemen were called back out to rekindles twice on Monday, with Milano receiving another call to the property on Tuesday morning.

Love said Myers “stated he didn’t know that there was a burn ban in place.”

“ The rekindle is smoldering logs and under brush,” Love said. “It is on a big rock hill and in some valleys and we can’t reach it.”

Texas A& M Forest Service was on scene Monday evening to bulldoze fire breaks around the burn area.

Other calls dispatched in South Milam County included:

• 2:24 p.m. July 30, grass fire, Alcoa property, Rockdale VFD.

• 12:53 a.m. July 31, grass and hay bale fire, CR 234, Milano and Cameron VFDs

• 12:44 a.m. July 31, Rockdale VFD called to fire on Three Oaks Mine property, unable to locate.

• 12:29 p.m. July 31, grass fire, CR 458, Thorndale VFD.

• 7:59 p.m. Friday, report of smoke between Rockdale and Milano Rockdale VFD responded, unable to locate.

• 9:03 p.m. Friday, fire reported in 6700 block of US 79, Rockdale and Milano VFDs responded, turned out to be a barbecue pit.

• 9:01 a.m. Sunday, trash can fire also caused some structure damage, 420 North Wilcox, Rockdale VFD.

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