The Lubbock Fire Department is urging caution, especially for smokers, because any little spark can create a big problem.
Over 900-thousand acres have burned across the state since November, and several recent fires have been traced back to smoking. Flicking a cigarette out the window or throwing them on the ground can have devastating consequences.
The Lubbock Fire Department is urging those who smoke to crush out their smoking materials before throwing them away.
"I see somebody flick a cig in front of me and it looks like an explosive," says Deputy Chief of Operations Chris Angerer. "I mean, I couldn't believe with everything that's happened how people could have cared less and just threw cigarettes out the window. People don't understand that this stuff is ready to burn."
"If a building is burned down and that is traced back to someone, they could face criminal charges," says Lubbock Fire Marshall Robert Loveless.
Authorities also stress that all counties in our viewing area are under an outdoor burn ban.
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