GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- The wind and dry conditions have been causing grass fires to pop up all over North Texas, but carelessness also plays a role in sparking the fires. Ryan Loyd has the details in our Safe Family report.
Winds whipping across Texoma and many other parts of North Texas didn't make the job easy for firefighters trying to put out multiple fires Monday, and when conditions are ripe for fires, firefighters once again go on alert.
Sherman Fire Lt. Greg Loyd says believe it or not, cigarettes are still the leading cause of wild and grass fires, but still, many other factors can contribute to the causes.
"Arson, being reckless with camp fires, violating burn bans," Sherman Fire Department Lt. Greg Loyd says.
On Monday alone, fires popped up across Texoma, including one in Bokchito that burned two barns and two thousand bales of hay, all fueled by 25 mile and hour winds.
Fire scorched forty acres of land in Tarrant County, Texas, and in Central and West Texas, 200,000 acres burned, more than 1,500 people forced to evacuate, and several firefighters injured when two fire trucks collided head on trying to get to a fire.
In Grayson County, the new fire task force is helping douse the flames quicker with enhanced communication and more manpower. Lt. Loyd says to expect a bigger presence at Grayson County fires, and allow plenty of room for crews to access the situation in order to save time, land, buildings, and possibly lives.
"There will be more traffic as far as emergency vehicles go, and that's a good thing," Lt. Loyd says.