Firefighters begin year battling blazes
Houston County Courier - January 2008
By Daphne Hereford, Managing Editor
Several area volunteer fire departments responded to a blaze that scorched about 100 acres on CR 1800 in Latexo on New Year's Day.
According to Latexo Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Paul Blaylock they had just finished fighting a fire on FM 2022 when the CR 1800 call came in at about 3:15 p.m.
The blaze at the CR 1800 location involved two separate pieces of property and according to Houston County Fire Marshall David Lamb the fire was firework's related.
Assistant Chief Blaylock said about 20 volunteer firefighters from county departments worked to extinguish the fire.
Crockett Volunteer Fire Department, Lovelady Volunteer Fire Department and Texas Forest Service assisted Latexo VFD with the fire. Houston County Sheriff's Office and Constable Precinct 2 Red Smith also responded to the call.
The Texas Forest Service brought in a bulldozer to plow a fireline to stop the spread of the fire, breaking the contact between the fire and it's fuel.
Assistant Chief Blaylock said that dry grass and wet ground provided fuel for the fire and made it difficult for firefighters to navigate the area. He added that during the course of battling the blaze, 3-4 fire trucks became stuck in the wet ground.
Firefighters cleared the scene about 7:15 p.m. and Latexo VFD was immediately called to assist ETMC EMS on a call on FM 2022.
Fire Marshal Lamb said citizens should use extreme caution when doing any burning this time of year.
He said the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) rating on Wednesday, Jan. 2 of 499 was only slightly above a countywide burn ban.