Warm Temperatures And Low Humidity Bring Grass Fires in Lubbock - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/2/09

Warm Temperatures And Low Humidity Bring Grass Fires in Lubbock

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The National Weather Service in Lubbock has issued a fire weather watch from Saturday morning through Saturday afternoon because of strong winds and low humidity's across the South Plains.

"I was watching the Cotton Bowl and then all of a sudden we started seeing a lot of smoke coming by and then we came outside and you could smell the fire and then there was the fire," said witness Marty Ferrell.   

Fire officials say around 3:00 Friday afternoon, a large grass fire broke out covering 60 to 80 acres of land. This happened near the railroad tracks at Loop 289 and Southeast Drive.

"We were actually pretty fortunate, we were able to get around this thing pretty quick and as you can see we set up some structure units to protect the houses if the fire tried to come across the street here," said Kelly Morman with the Lubbock Fire Department. 

14 fire units worked over an hour to put out the blaze. Fire officials say they are not sure exactly what started fire, but a train passing through could have caused a spark, or a discarded cigarette could be to blame.

"A lot of these fires start when people are driving a long and they throw a cigarette out the window that's all it takes. Everything is really dry right now. The warm temperatures, the low humidity, it's just prime for grass fires right now," said Morman. 

Firefighters were able to control the blaze before it had a chance to reach or damage any nearby houses.  Lubbock County Commissioner Patti Jones says they are monitoring the weather conditions, but are not anticipating a burn ban going into effect in the near future.

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