Suspicious fire burns 600 acres

A fire that Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden calls "suspicious" burned about 600 acres near Lake Trammell on Saturday. The blaze threatened many area homes, as well as oil storage units and natural gas pipelines. According to Madden, the wind, humidity and dry brush made the blaze burn faster and move quickly through the area."We are not sure what started the fire. There was nothing around that seemed to have ignited the fire around the area in which it began. If anyone has information about the cause of the fire, we would like to know," said Madden. According to Madden, the fire began around the Southwest portion of Lake Trammell in city-owned property.Many entities assisted in extinguishing the large blaze including Blackwell Volunteer Fire Department with one brush truck and two people; Nolan Volunteer Fire Department with one truck and three people; Roscoe Volunteer Fire Department with two brush trucks, one tanker and seven people; Texas Forest Service with two dozers, two supervisors and six people, along with one airplane spotting for ground support, Lake Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Department with one brush truck and one person; Maryneal Volunteer Fire Department with one brush truck and three people; Sweetwater Fire Department with two brush trucks, one supervisor and six people; and Nolan County brought their track loader and a water tanker with four people. A 2SM dozer was brought to assist from Trent by Shawn Moore. The Nolan County Sheriff’s Office brought food and drinks, the Roscoe Ladies Auxiliary brought snacks and water and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) helped with traffic, which became a problem once the fire neared the road."The Sweetwater Fire Department would like to thank Nolan County Commissioner Tony Lara and the guys he brought out to help with the fire," said Madden. "Also, Shawn Moore with 2SM and his dozer helped cut fire lines as well as provide critical information on well and line locations."