September 7th Needville Wildfire Intentionally Started

30 09 2011

Houston Chronicle article published on September 28th notes that a recent fire in Fort Bend County was intentionally set.  The article by Dale Lezon is below.

A fire that burned 400 acres and charred a barn in the Needville area earlier this month was intentionally set, officials said.  The blaze, dubbed the Baker Road Fire, started at the corner of a pasture on Foster School Road near Brinkmeyer on Sept. 7, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

The blaze raced southwest and jumped Baker Road. It also destroyed a facility that housed two vehicles and travel tailer. More than 100 firefighters from 20 agencies from nearby areas, including the Needville Fire Department, battled the blaze.

Officials said one firefighter, whose name has not been released, was injured. Officials did not release the firefighter’s injury or condition.  A total of $10,000, including $5,000 from Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. and another $5,000 from a private property owner, has been offered for information leading to the charging or arrest of the person or persons responsible for the blaze, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS.

wildfire in a rural portion of Fort Bend County northwest of Needville burned about 500 acres on Sept. 7. Here, Ben McCary and Dale Oberhoff of the Fairchilds Volunteer Fire Department battle the fire.