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Dry weather increasing risk for West Texas wildfires

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

A serious lack of rain and rising temperatures make for a dangerous combination when it comes to wildfires.

Rob Keinast with the Lubbock Fire Department said the West Texas weather is creating a kind of perfect storm for wildfires.

"Everyone knows how dry our conditions have been," Keinast said. "A lack of precipitation, the conditions are ripe for grass fires and wild land fires."

Lubbock Fire Rescue is equipped with some of best tools for fighting wildfire:

Trucks that hold two to three times more water than a regular fire engine, and brush trucks that fight fires while they're moving.

But Keinast said that even though the staff and equipment can make short work of putting out a grass fire, it's always better to prevent them from being called out.

The United States Fire Administration website gives these special tips to avoid fires near your home:

Let Your Landscape Defend Your Property

  • Trim grass on a regular basis up to 100 feet surrounding your home.
  • Create defensible space by thinning trees and brush within 30 feet around your home.
  • Beyond 30 feet, remove dead wood, debris and low tree branches.
  • Landscape your property with fire resistant plants and vegetation to prevent fire from spreading quickly.
  • Stack firewood at least 30 feet away from your home and other structures.
  • Store flammable materials, liquids and solvents in metal containers outside the home, at least 30 feet away from structures and wooden fences.

Follow Local Burning Laws

  • Do not burn trash or other debris without proper knowledge of local burning laws, techniques and the safest times of day and year to burn.
  • Before burning debris in a wooded area, make sure you notify local authorities and obtain a burning permit.
  • Use an approved incinerator with a safety lid or covering with holes no larger than 3/4 inches.
  • Create at least a 10 foot clearing around the incinerator before burning debris. 

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