Fire Danger on the Rise
Houston County Courier - January 2010
CROCKETT – The Texas Forest Service issued a statement reminding residents to burn responsibly.
Conditions are beginning to dry out in the area again. The recent freezing temperatures have cured the grass fuels. It doesn’t take much to dry the grass even to burn and become a quickly spreading wildfire.
A warm, sunny day with moderate winds and low humidity can do the job in just a couple of hours.
Fire danger levels for the surrounding areas are currently moderate, however, the Forest Service has already had several wildfires in Houston County and the surrounding counties over the past couple of weeks.
“We ask that you resist burning anything when there are high winds, never leave your fire unattended, and always put a control line around your fire,” Forest Service officials said.
“If possible, have a supply of water readily available. If you burn and your fire gets away from you, please do not hesitate to call 911 immediately. Get help as soon as possible so your local volunteer fire departments and/or the Texas Forest Service firefighting crews can stop the fire with as little damage as possible,” TFS concluded.