Strong Winds Increase Fire Danger Across the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/28/08

Strong Winds Increase Fire Danger Across the South Plains

Monday's strong winds didn't help area fire crews as they fought two grass fires in Lubbock County.

With such dry conditions, dry grass can catch on fire very easily and the winds can spread it around fast, so officials are warning everyone on the South Plains to be extra careful.

In Shallowater, volunteer firefighters stopped a grass fire from reaching neighboring homes. Crews from Shallowater, West Carlisle, and New Deal got the call around 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon. Once they got the flames out, teams stayed behind to soak down the area to prevent any flare ups.

About an hour earlier, Lubbock fire teams tackled this grass fire on 114th Street. They also spent extra time watering down the area to ashes wouldn't spread around. Flames scorched a large area, but no property damage was reported.

Monday's volatile conditions have fire departments on alert.

"People need to be real careful about doing work outside, cutting torches, welders, anything that produces any type of spark.  If people are using fire places at night, they need to make sure that stuff is out before they get rid of it to, because it could easily turn into a dumpster fire situation that could easily spread. Any spark on a day like today is just bad news," said Chief KellyVandygriff, Abernathy Volunteer Fire Department.

Chief Vandygriff recommends anyone doing work that could cause a spark have a partner on hand with water. That's because, when you concentrating on you work, you may not notice a fire start, but your partner can.

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