It started small, but it grew quickly. Chris Rios says it kind of snuck up on him...
"Me and my wife were putting stuff in my truck and ashes were kind of coming down on us. So we went over in a back section and saw a little fire and thought it was just someone burning some trash out there and then we noticed it was getting really big." he says
He took this cell phone footage from a second story balcony before the fire fighters got there. All in all ten acres burned.. perilously close to not just the northwest Harris County apartments, but a storage company. There is a problem in the densely populated areas of the county. There are lots of overgrown lots near buildings, but that not all that has the county fire Marshal's office on alert.
there's two things going on that has then very concerned. The extremely dry conditions, and the impending holiday.
We are not quite as dry as we were back in 2011. Remember the massive wildfires back then? It's not as dry but some parts of the viewing area could be as dry by the end of the week unless we get rain. Some counties in the southwest have enacted burn bans, but only one county.. Wharton, has banned the sale or use of aerial fireworks.
"Well fireworks are not illegal and there's no ban and there's no burn ban, but we are watching the weather situation and the dry brush and stuff of that nature to make sure we don't have any potential for fires." said Lt. Chad Shaw with the Harris County Fire Marshall's office.
This one ended well. The firefighters were able to put it out before anything important burned, or more importantly anyone got hurt. They still don't know what caused it. People who live in the area say people shoot guns and set off fireworks back there. No matter what the cause a lot of people will be keeping their eyes on the sky, looking for rain, or smoke.