PFEIFER — Rural fire crews from Ellis and Rush counties spent much of Thursday fighting grass fires near the county line, approximately 2 miles west of Pfeifer.

The fire originated in Rush County and likely was caused by a control burn that got out of hand, said Darin Myers, Ellis County fire chief and emergency management coordinator.

It initially was reported Thursday morning, with crews from both counties being called out a second time mid-afternoon due to a flare up.

“It’s kind of an L-shape maybe. It burned about a mile of field,” Myers said of the fire that extended into Ellis County. “So about a half-mile on each leg of an L.”

A second, larger fire also was reported further into Rush County late Thursday afternoon.

The landscape in that area is not flat, but firefighters thankfully were not battling high wind gusts during the event, he said. No firefighters were hurt during the response efforts.

Dry conditions continue to pose a significant threat for grass fires, and Ellis County remains under a burn ban.

“I don’t have any indication of lifting it anytime soon,” Myers said. “Not until we start getting multiple days of moisture throughout Ellis County. As dry as it is, it’s going to take several good, soaking rains to start turning the grass green and getting some moisture into the soil.”