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For Immediate Release

September 3, 2011

Grass Fire in Northwest Harris County

(Harris County, TX) -- The Harris County Fire Marshal's Office reports that a 50 acres grass and woods fire has jumped containment line and is moving toward 137 structures at Ella Crossing (KM 332P).  Ten structures are in danger, two structures are on fire, and fire has spread into the backyards of four homes.  The fire department is protecting structures; command (Ponderosa VFD Unit #6115) has requested 3-alarm mutual aid response and law enforcement for crowd control. 

An initial request for two TFS dozers is being processed.  No request for evacuation.  Command is evaluating situation.  Red Cross has been notified and is on stand-by.

The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) will provide updates on the fire as circumstances warrant.

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