JUST IN: Source of major grass fire in Longview identified

Longview Grass Fire

LONGVIEW, TX - Authorities say they've found the cause of the intense fire that prompted evacuations in a residential area in Longview on Oct. 27.

According to Josh Tubb with the Gregg County Sheriff's office, high winds caused power lines to arc in a field behind the neighborhood. This caused the blaze that spread rapidly through the field and threatened several homes.

The fire engulfed 20 acres of pasture and heavily wooded area. No houses burned and no injuries were reported.

Gregg County remains under a burn ban until further notice.

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Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a major fire today in Longview.

The fire was so intense people were evacuating from their homes.

The fire was 100% contained at 7:30 p.m. but there are still hot spots firefighters were working to put out.

Homeowner, Michael Morris, fearing for the worst grabbed what he could.

"How do you know what to grab? You don't… you just grab what you can and hope for the best." he said.

While Morris was gathering memories inside his home, outside, the blaze was growing.

Firefighters say the call came in around 3 p.m. and spread quickly, attributing it to the dry conditions and high winds.

The fire engulfed 20 acres of pasture and heavily wooded area. No houses burned and no injuries were reported.

Investigators say it could take days to determine the cause of the fire, but want to remind everybody that Gregg County is still under a burn ban. 

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