Fire danger high in Texoma


LAMAR COUNTY, TX -- Low humidity, Dry conditions and high winds have made it a busy month for firefighters around Texoma.

In the last week alone the Paris Fire Department and Volunteer Departments across Lamar County have been dispatched to dozens of grass fires. Many of which spread quickly due to current weather conditions.

"It just takes a little bit and once that thing gets started and the wind just generates and pushes it and it can go bad really quick," said Powderly Volunteer Firefighter Chris McLemore.

No Texoma counties are currently under a burn ban, but the area is under a high fire danger risk, making it more difficult for firefighters to do their jobs.

"It can really get ahead of us really quick," said Paris Fire Marshal Dale Maberry. "We try to stay ahead of it, but sometimes it's extremely hard for us to in high wind conditions."

"Those gusts can push anywhere from 10 to 15 feet within a matter of seconds," said McLemore.

Officials say burn piles can re-ignite several days later, causing dry grass areas like this one to ignite quickly.

"We had one recently that was about two days old and the brush pile burned down to a pile of coals, no fire visible," said Maberry. "High winds got up, spread the coals, spread the embers around and ignited the dry grass."

"They can remain hot and once the winds start blowing stirring the ash pile around, the embers can actually push out of the pile and catch extra grass fires that way," said McLemore.

They're urging everyone to wait until conditions improve before doing any outdoor burning.

"Obviously if the winds are over 20 mph and are gusting up to 30 like they are today, we don't need to be burning at all, it's just too unsafe," said Maberry.

In Lamar County, Matthew Boyd, News 12.

"These things can remain hot and once the winds start blowing stirring the ash pile around, the embers can actually push out of the pile and catch extra grass fires that way."


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