Residents put on alert after fire in Houston park



Residents put on alert after fire in Houston park Houston: Residents have been asked to remain alert after a massive fire broke out in George Bush Park in west of Houston.

The Houston Fire Department (HFD) received a call at around 3 PM reporting a grass fire at the park following which relief vehicles were rushed to the sight. As many as 60 firefighters have been pressed into service. A Houston Police Department helicopter has also been deployed to provide aerial help.

The fire, which is expanding north-northeast pushed by the winds, was initially contained within park's ambit, but flames appear to have jumped across a few roads, HFD officials said, adding that their plan right now was to let the fire come to firefighters since the park was surrounded by leaves.

"The park is surrounded by a leave system so if we strategically place apparatus, we might be able to stop it when it comes to us rather than going out into the timber with dozers," said HFD Assistant Chief Danny Snell.

No causality or damage to property has been reported so far, he said.

Although no evacuations have been ordered yet, people living around north/north-west of the park have been advised to remain alert. The Harris County Office of Emergency Management has written on its official Twitter page that persons who live north/north-west of George Bush Park should pay close attention to the fire.

PTI