LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The National Weather Service says the South Plains will remain under a severe threat of grass fires this winter.
Thousands of acres burned in three separate fires in Floyd, Hale and Lamb Counties on Wednesday. Fortunately, no homes were damaged and there are no reports of injuries.
Almost one-thousand acres burned in Floydada on Wednesday. The fire traveled a quarter of a mile in ten minutes. Four fire departments responded to the blaze that took two hours to put out. Floydada Fire Chief Craig Duboise says the blaze started from just one spark.
"There was a wheel barring that went out on a semi truck coming down the highway and it caused sparks and got into the grass and it was gone from there," Dubois said.
Experts say high winds and dry conditions are setting the stage for massive and destructive fires. In the last five years, ten such firestorms have destroyed 1,065 structures and killed 22 people. An estimated 90 percent of all Texas wildfires are caused by human activity. Texans can help prevent wildfires if they:
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