UPDATE: KTRK Ch. 13 is reporting that a possible arson suspect has been detained in the overnight fire at George Bush Park — the second wildfire at Bush in less than a week. Houston Fire Department officials are referring to the man detained as "a person of interest" in the case.
Just when crews had the large wildfire at George Bush Park "well under control" if not out, another outbreak appeared in the woods on the other side of the park. The Houston Fire Department says that this fire is completely separate from the first.
The fire broke out late Thursday night, and firefighters reportedly had to hack through trees and underbrush with chainsaws to even approach the flames.
Crews were able to contain the fire by early Friday morning, after just a few hours of work and 100 acres of damage. Add that to the 1,500 acres of charred land in George Bush Park from the first fire this week, and to the 3.6 million acres (and counting) of land ravaged by wildfires in Texas just this year.
Witness reports of a bicyclist leaving the area around the time the flames appeared have investigators looking into a possible arson case.
Pyros, please. Now is not the time.