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Grass fire scorches Flower Mound wildflower sanctuary

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The Flower Mound Fire Department’s last call of 2011 was a big one.

Crews raced to The Flower Mound wildflower sanctuary at 2500 Flower Mound Rd. just after 11:00 p.m. on New Year’s Eve to knock down a fast moving grass fire.

Three Flower Mound stations responded to the 12.76 acre property, along with an engine from Grapevine to provide additional protection for the homes to the west of the field, according to Fire Chief Eric Metzger.

“The fire was very fast moving in the tall dry grass,” said Chief Metzger. “About half of the preservation area was burned, but there were no reports of damage to structures.”

The fire department remained on the scene for 90 minutes to completely extinguish the blaze.

Witnesses reported seeing several teenagers dressed in black running from the area as the fire was reported.

Fireworks was the suspected cause.

“Just after the New Year began we also had a yard burned due to fireworks discharged a block behind the home. Neighbors were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to the home,” said Metzger.

 

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