Area fire departments were kept busy battling several blazes over the weekend.
The Levelland Fire Department responded to a structure fire at the old gin building just off of 62/82 in Ropesville. Firefighters report that the call come in just after 3:00 pm. The building was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived on the scene. The Wolfforth Volunteer Fire Department also responded to provide mutual aid. Levelland EMS also responded to provide medical assistance if needed. The fire was out within two hours and no injuries were reported according to reports from the Levelland Fire Department.
Just before 1:00 pm on Saturday afternoon the Morton Volunteer Fire Department and Whiteface Volunteer Fire Department responded to a large grass fire approximately 10 miles South of Lehman. Upon arrival fire fighters found a 40-50 acre grass fire extending north at a rapid rate, however, it was contained by a oilfield lease road to the east. West and south expansion were assisted by prevailing winds, 10-20 mph from the west and southwest. According to reports, damage was kept to a minimum thanks to the rapid response of both departments. All trucks were back in service by 3:30 pm. The two departments also responded to a grass fire Saturday night around 8:20 pm, north of FM 1585 on Highway 214. Firefighters found a heavy grass fire in pasture land. Adding to the danger of the fire was heavy mud just below the surface area. Only four wheel drive units were allowed into the field. They battled the blaze for just over two hours.