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Spring Branch fire that has burned for days could be out by Thursday, fire department says

Firefighters have been battling the stubborn blaze that was sparked over the weekend in Spring Branch off of Hammerly and Hollister Road. 

A Houston Fire Department truck.
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A Houston Fire Department truck.

A construction site fire that's been active since last Friday, will hopefully be put out Thursday according to the Houston Fire Department. Firefighters have been battling the stubborn blaze that was sparked over the weekend in Spring Branch off of Hammerly and Hollister Road.

The construction site sits on three acres of land and fire burned an area filled with large mulch, tree debris, logs piled 15 feet high, and trees. The fire is under control, but Council Member Amy Peck, who represents the area, said crews have to work a little harder because of the type of fire it is.

"This is a wildland-urban interface fire that can't be put out with just water," she said. "They did put hundreds of thousands of gallons of water on it, but that just takes care of the top layer of the piles."

Heavy machinery has to be used to fully break down the material to properly extinguish the flames.

City officials are not sure how the fire was started and an investigation is underway to determine the cause, and it was not permitted by the City of Houston. Peck said trees on the site have been taken down for development which could be a reason for the fire.

"The property owners have left hundreds and thousands of trees on this property for months, just sitting there in a drought," she said. "I questioned what we expect to happen with all of those trees sitting there for all of these months."

She said she's gotten numerous calls from her constituents as to why the fire hasn't been put out and its impact on some residents in the area.

"Smoke has been getting into people’s homes, there's an elementary school right there so someone definitely does need to be held responsible for this."

A mitigation company hired by the construction company arrived at the site on Monday to finish putting the fire out. The Houston Health Department is monitoring air quality, and a release sent by HFD yesterday said the quality is in the healthy range. A shelter-in-place or the need for evacuation has not been issued.