Trash and Fireworks Cause Four Brush Fires Within One Week; Conditions Favor More Fires - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/29/05

Trash and Fireworks Cause Four Brush Fires Within One Week; Conditions Favor More Fires

This week four fires caused by either fireworks or trash have sparked in Lubbock County. Dry and windy conditions can help fuel a fire to spread. Those conditions will likely continue across the South Plains, the Texas Forest Service issued a dry conditions alert Wednesday, June 29th.

Wednesday afternoon on 5827 FM 2641 near Shallowater a trash fire got out of control and quickly turned into a grass fire. Shallowater fire fighters extinguished it before it spread to a nearby mobile home and butane tank.

Fireworks caused another grass fire Tuesday, June 28 in the 4400 block of East First Place. Fire fighters saved a mobile home in that fire as well. Neighbors in the area tell NewsChannel 11 the fire sparked a scare. The fire damage ends just steps away from the home. Everything on the east side of the yard is demolished, and the fire destroyed several old vehicles in the yard.

The neighborhood is filled with open fields. Many neighbors are frustrated because they said the current dry conditions combined with the brush and garbage that cover the fields could help fuel a fire. Also, because we're so close to July Fourth, neighbors are especially worried about fireworks causing more brush fires. Tuesday's fire is a perfect example of that. Neighbor Rotelio Ramirez saw first hand what the fire did.

"We when watching it and it was kinda scary, because it was so close to here," said Ramirez.

If you're going to use fireworks, make sure to be safe.  Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay away from grassy areas.
  • Keep a bucket of water or water hose close
  • Follow manufacturer directions.
  • Make sure there is adult supervision at all times.

One more reminder, you cannot pop fireworks in the city. It is actually against the law to have them in your possession inside the city limits.

Fireworks Safety Tips
The Consumer Product Safety Commission issues these safety tips for all Americans.

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