A group of illegal aliens and their smuggler started a massive grass fire on a ranch in South Texas after being pursued by agents from the U.S. Border Patrol. The fire began at the end of a chase when the car carrying the illegal aliens left the roadway in what is known as a bailout. The car came to a stop on some dry grass and caught fire from the heat of the exhaust system as the occupants scattered into the brush.
The fire began on the La Copa Ranch which is located just south of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Falfurrias Checkpoint. This is an area known for illegal immigrants being smuggled to be dropped off to sneak around the checkpoint. Border Patrol agents were pursuing three suspicious vehicles in the southbound lane of Highway 281 when one of the vehicles left the roadway and got stuck in the soft sand according to Brooks County Sheriff’s Deputy Elias Pompa. “The tall grass in the area had recently been cut,” Pompa said. “It was very dry and quickly caught fire.”