Crews In El Cenizo Continue Fighting Remaining Fire
More than 24 hours after a fire swept along the riverbanks of the Rio Grande, crews are still attempting to completely extinguish the flames. The El Cenizo Fire Department has been working around the clock putting out the small fires that still remain. Our Ryan Bailey rode around the city with them this afternoon and brings us more in our top story at ten.
The burnt out remains from the fire are fresh along the riverbanks of the Rio Grande with acres and acres of land destroyed by the blaze.
"The more we battled it, the more it started jumping, jumping and kept on going. It took about 27 to 30 acres from this place right here all the way to the south side on the river banks of El Cenizo."
The volunteer fire crew battled the flames long into the night.
"We had around 2 o'clock, 3 o'clock in the morning and it was coming up again and we were fighting it."
Strong winds were the biggest culprit of the day, as it continued to shift directions. Making things very difficult on the fire crews working.
"We have to go around it to try and contain it there but if the wind is over 30 miles per hour like yesterday, then it just starts jumping and jumping and we keep constantly going after it."
Charred out areas like the park are all that remain. Crews have been working hard to make sure fires don’t flare up once again.
"Small little vapors coming up here and there, but for any concerns from the citizens, they give us a call and we don't take anything and let it pass. We go straight at it, attack it and move on."
Mayor Raul Reyes is thankful of the help his crew received from Rio Bravo, Webb County and Laredo and even more proud of the job his volunteer crew continues to do on little to no sleep.
"They've done a magnificent job in going out there and trying to cover up the areas of great concern."
As for sleeping tonight, the crew isn't counting on getting much, for the second night in a row.
"Hopefully we get some sleep but we're on full alert. We're on 24/7 call and that's what we're here for."
Ryan Bailey, Pro 8 News.
Crews are continually dousing areas of concern along the riverbanks with water. They also are moving dirt and sand on top of hot spots, hoping that will be enough to extinguish the smoldering embers that remain.