Grass fire shuts down highway

The outside westbound lane of U.S. Highway 90, one mile east of Hacienda Road/Farm-to-Market Road 2369, was shut down Wednesday afternoon as Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department extinguished a small grass fire near railroad tracks.

A parked Union Pacific train was on the tracks. Union Pacific crews were also dispatched to the area.

“A Union Pacific train was stopped…after an off-duty Union Pacific employee noticed a brush fire near our tracks, off U.S. Highway 90 East,” read a statement from Union Pacific. “The train was stopped as a precaution while the fire was extinguished and investigated.”

Firefighters were dispatched to the location at approximately 1:52 p.m. Six firefights responded with a brush truck and pumper truck. Firefighters were back at the station, and the roadway was opened roughly 30 minutes after the call for service.

Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office deputies assisted with traffic control.

“The fire was extinguished pretty quickly, but we took our time walking the perimeter because it was so dry,” said UVFD firefighter Jimmy Joe Howard, who noted there were no injuries.

As to the cause of the fire, Howard said the investigation is ongoing.

“It could have been numerous things. I don’t want to speculate,” Howard said.

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