Texas Forest Service sends help to South Plains area for fires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

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.

Copyright 2011 KCBD. All rights reserved.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Storms possible Wednesday, though severity low

    Storms possible Wednesday, though severity low

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:07:31 GMT
    Source: KCBD VideoSource: KCBD Video
    Source: KCBD VideoSource: KCBD Video

    Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a slightly breezy, humid, and very warm afternoon. There is also a chance of evening thunderstorms with a low severe weather threat.

    Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a slightly breezy, humid, and very warm afternoon. There is also a chance of evening thunderstorms with a low severe weather threat.

  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:07:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

  • Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:06:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

Powered by Frankly