"There's still some light fuels in there and as the wind picks up, the fire gets a good breath of air and off it goes again," said Brazos Co. Volunteer firefighter Greg Cross.Of course firefighter Greg Cross may not speak for his entire department.
"We don't have the resources to try and drench the entire area with water," said Cross. "Its probably going to continue to occur periodically."
On the same day in Oklahoma, two firefighters were sent to the hospital with first and second degree burns they suffered in another rekindled fire.
Am I old fashioned, or what? We used to never abandon a fire if it were likely to escape our fire lines. We mopped up as far inside the lines as needed, we patrolled it, and after we left it we would continue to send people back to check it periodically until it was totally out. There is too much at risk, to our firefighters and the public, to do anything else.