Fire chief offers safety tips as we head for long dry season - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Fire chief offers safety tips as we head for long dry season

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It was around 7:30 p.m. Saturday when fire crews responded to a grass fire off Highway 114 in Hockley County. They say it was a re-kindle from a previous burn on Friday. The fire resulted in three structures being completely destroyed and part of Highway 114 being shut down for about an hour, but Chief Chris Bradberry with the Smyer Volunteer Fire Department says it could have been much worse.

"We had five fire crews out here all together and we still lost three structures and quite a bit of grassland," Bradberry said. "Cigarettes and stuff like that - they might be dead for two days and still come back in this wind. Unfortunately, it does and when it gets out in the grass it just carries it and it becomes impossible to outrun."

Bradberry and another fire official came back to the scene around 10 p.m. Saturday night after the land owner said one of the lost structures had re ignited.

Within Lubbock city limits Sunday afternoon, Lubbock fire crews responded to a house in the 4400 block of 32nd street for the third time in 24 hours after smoke was seen coming from home, which caught fire Saturday night.

Bradberry says as summer approaches people need to be more careful when it comes to preventing a wildfire.

"Drivers on the highway, if you're smoking a cigarette, snuff it out in your car. Don't throw it out because it could start a fire. Anything, a spark off your car - we had one that started down here because it sparked off a drive shaft that fell out, that's how dry it is out here," Bradberry said.

Chief Bradberry said that he had even seen fires that resulted from static electricity and electric fences. He warned that without more moisture we could be in for a very long fire season.

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