Editor's note: An earlier report incorrectly stated this fire was in north Fort Worth, but the area is actually on the city's south side.
The Update: A large grass fire, accelerated by stiff winds, burned about 100 acres and threatened two neighborhoods Thursday afternoon in far south Fort Worth.
Fourteen units from Fort Worth Fire Department and a brush truck from the Everman Fire Department brought the blaze under control after a nearly two-hour effort.
Flames were reported at 1:49 p.m. in the 1200 block of McPherson Road, according to dispatch records.
Engineer Tim Hardeman, fire department spokesman, reported at 3:42 p.m. that it was under control. Hardeman noted, however, that fire crews were still on scene "mopping up hot spots."
The cause of the fire was still undetermined at 5 p.m., Hardeman said.
The grass fire started in an open field between two neighborhoods in the 1200 block of McPherson Road, Hardeman said. He added that, "15 mph winds with gusts to 25 mph pushed the fire rapidly through the very dry grass, brush and timber."
A gas well site in the field was not threatened by the fire and a company representative "shut off the well compressor as a precaution," Hardeman said.
The National Weather Service had issued a "grass fire danger statement" for Thursday afternoon for much of north-central Texas, including Tarrant County.
Friday’s forecast holds a 20-percent chance for rain during the day and 40-percent chance at night, according to the weather service.
Fire department officials, meanwhile, urged continued caution.
"Under the current environmental conditions — severe to extreme drought conditions, high winds, and low humidity — grass fires can be expected to spread rapidly," Hardeman said.
The department, he added, "urges residents to use caution when cooking outdoors, ensure all outdoor fires are attended at all times, fully extinguished when done, and that all smoking materials are disposed of properly."
-- Bill Miller