Firefighters battle large wildfire in Raywood

UPDATE: The wildfire was contained to 35 or so acres and was under control within a couple of hours after firefighters arrived on the scene. Photos included in this report were provided by firefighters Eric Nowlin and Ryan Taylor, and ESD 7 Fire Chief Nic Nelson.

ORIGINAL: A wildfire ranging from 50-75 acres is burning about 1.4 miles south of US 90 on FM 770 South in Raywood as of 2:45 p.m. Friday, according to ESD 2 Fire Chief JT Smith.

“The wind has been a real booger for us in battling this fire,” Chief Smith said.

Firefighters from ESD 2 (Hull-Daisetta) and ESD 7 (Hardin) responded to the fire and are putting out spot fires while two dozers from the Texas A&M Forestry Service cut lines to keep the fire from spreading any further. As of this time, no homes or businesses are threatened.

The fire originated from a control burn that quickly went out of control.

“The fire was set by people working the land and it got out of hand,” Chief Smith said.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. But aren’t we on a burn ban??? 🤔 Why would they even be burning in these conditions??? I hope they are given a citation!!! Putting everyone else around in jeopardy.

  2. Those cattle ranchers and rice farmers in the Raywood and Devers area do whatever they want to do. The law doesn’t apply to them

    • I think a lot of people feel that way not just farmers and ranchers. I wonder if any citations have been given in the county.

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