High fire danger threatens Texoma towns

LONE GROVE, Okla. (KXII) - "We just got to make sure our equipment is ready to go at all times," Lone Grove Fire Chief Stacey Phelps said.

With a total of 5 brush trucks - each carrying about 350 gallons of water - and 3 tankers holding about 4 thousand gallons of water, Lone Grove Fire Chief Stacey Phelps says they are ready to assist in a grass fire at a page's notice.

"Right now it doesn't take much to set anything on fire," Chief Phelps said. "It's dry, we had hardly no rain, humidity is low, winds blowing - if it gets started it's going to go."

Phelps says some of his volunteer firefighters will even come to the station after a day of work.

He also says it's not just Lone Grove they have to keep an eye on for grass fires - it's the whole county.

"We have mutual aid agreements signed with everybody in the county," Phelps said. "If Wilson has a fire, we will be listing for them."

Phelps says they call for help from other departments when fires threaten homes and buildings.

Something Thackerville Resident Stetson Voyles says he saw firefighters do last Monday when a grass fire burned land around his home.

"I honestly can't described it to anything like maybe like a snow storm, you just see white and ashes everywhere," Voyles said.

Voyles says he helped one of his neighbors try to put out fire that caught his shed, his family also donated a camper to his other neighbors who lost their trailer home.

"We're just kind of watching out for everybody else, you know people who didn't get hit, or haven't seen it," Voyles said. "We are just watching out for them."

And we will continue to see this threat of high fire danger as long temperatures stay dry, humidity stays low and winds pick up.

A burn ban is also in place for both Love and Carter county.



 
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