Units of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department were called out at 11:22 a.m. as motorists began reporting fires along a stretch of the highway near the Goliad County Line.
Fire Chief Donnie Morris of the Beeville Volunteer Fire Department said crews put out anywhere from 10-12 small fires.
Morris blamed the fact that the Texas Department of Transportation recently had the grass beside the highway mowed. The mowed grass had dried out along the side of the highway, and sparks, apparently from a steel wheel rim, probably ignited the grass.
Morris and BFVD President Ronald “Buddy” Hardy said fires can be set along the sides of highways in that manner.
A truck driver often has no idea he has a flat tire on his trailer, and he can drive miles before the tire comes apart and flies from the rim.
By that time, the damage to dry grass along the highway has already been done.