Grass fire burns 40 acres
Area firefighters battled a blaze at Lake Sweetwater on Monday during a red flag warning day. At around 10:30 a.m. a Lake Sweetwater resident was mowing his lawn when the engine may have over heated, causing his lawn to catch fire and begin the blaze near FM 2035 and CR 303. A couple of sheds were lost in the blaze, but no homes were damaged. Some residents near the fire began to evacuate, but firefighters quickly turned the fire in the opposite direction, protecting the homes. Those assisting in extinguishing the blaze included Lake Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Department (VFD), Sweetwater Fire Department, Nolan VFD, Maryneal VFD, Snyder Fire Department, three Nolan County Precincts and the Texas Forest Service. As of Tuesday morning, one truck was still at the scene monitoring the site of the fire. The area is still under a red flag warning for fires. High winds and low humidity contribute to fire spread if one should start.