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Texas Forest Service sends help to South Plains area for fires

By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – With nearly 50 mile an hour winds in Lubbock on Tuesday, the South Plains area is under a severe fire danger warning. The high winds prompted the Texas Forest Service to place additional resources throughout the Panhandle.

Two of those crews will be in Lubbock over the next two weeks to help local firefighters and surrounding volunteer departments when needed.

"With severe winds, the relative humidity and temperatures we have, we are expecting a huge fire load," said Clint Remington, an engine captain out of Phoenix, AZ.  "We have two engines that came out, a couple guys from Colorado and the rest are from Phoenix."

These winds and dry conditions are not to be taken lightly, and February's massive wildfires prove just how fast these fires can spread.  It only takes one minute for an area the size of a football field to catch fire with high winds.

"It's quick. If you have 30 mile an hour winds, the fire goes about five miles an hour, so that's as fast as your walking; it usually goes faster than that in the grass and it really gets up and moves," said Remington.

Lubbock County is still under a burn ban along with 171 other counties in Texas. Even though it is illegal to burn, Remington and other officials warn people to be mindful during this fire danger warning.

"We sure don't want to see anybody get hurt out of this, firefighters or in the public, and we don't want to lose any structures either. Anything the public can do to help us out would be greatly appreciated," he said.

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