Fire near old Progreso airport causes traffic jam on Military Highway

Authorities temporarily directed traffic on Military Highway after a large brush fire near the old Progreso airport.

It all started in a wooded area off Military Highway and Gonzalez Drive around 11 a.m. Friday.

Smoke from the fire is crossing Military Highway causing traffic jams through the area.

The Weslaco Fire Department reported that two brush trucks have been deployed to the scene.

Firefighters scrambled to prevent the fire from spreading to the old Progreso airport.

Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office deputies and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) state troopers are helping to direct traffic.

The fire was contained and traffic was back to normal shortly before noon.

Action 4 News will provide more information as it becomes available.