Damon lightning fire

Lightning is blamed for sparking a pasture fire Saturday afternoon in Damon, the second wildfire in that part of the county in less than a week.

DAMON — A lightning strike caused almost 200 acres to burn before several fire departments could control it over the weekend.

Although Saturday's rain storms were welcome in the drought-stricken area, they brought lightning that lit a pasture at about 4 p.m. Saturday at Highway 36 and CR 18, Fire Mashal Martin Vela said.

The open land was a cattle pasture, he said. About 197 acres were burned, he said.

“A rainstorm had rolled through that area, and the fire was caused by a lightning strike,” Vela said. “A significant number of fire departments were out there over nine, including a few from Fort Bend County.”

Texas Forestry Service also came out to assist, he said.

The scene was cleared shortly before 11 p.m., Vela said. No people or animals were injured, and no structures were affected, he said.

The fire was near another large grassfire earlier in the week that scorched more than 300 acres. An equipment malfunction started that blaze, Vela said.

Raven Wuebker is a reporter for The Facts. Contact her at 979-237-0152.

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