Safe Family: Grass fires

By: Josh Stevenson Email
By: Josh Stevenson Email

Over the weekend several grass fires charred hundreds of acres of Texoma’s landscapes, bringing a busy end to the grass fire season. Josh Stevenson has tips on how to avoid being a victim of a grass fire.

"August, September, October are our high danger grass fire months," Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says.

Ignition sources for a grass fire range from sparks from farm equipment, to cigarettes, to controlled burns that get out of control

"With low humidity and high winds, there is always the possibility of what you think is a controlled burn could get out of control very quickly and become very dangerous," Jones says.

If you live in a rural area or near an open field or empty lot, there are things you can do to protect your home.

"One of the things homeowners can do to help us is to make clear space between any structures and that wild land," Jones says.

Keeping your property clear of brush and dead leaves, especially near your home can be the difference between safety and tragedy.

"Even a small fire then becomes very dangerous because a structure could be involved just because that debris is real close."

For more on grass fire prevention, check this link.

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