Wildfire Threat Remains High
by: Pat Hernandez, April 11, 2011 10:04:00 pm
Wildfires fed by dry, windy conditions have blackened over 82-thousand acres in a weeks time all over the state. It has killed livestock & destroyed buildings, and has drawn crews and equipment from over 2-dozen states trying to contain the blaze.
"Counties are still adding on burn bans as we speak. The higher that the fire potential is getting then more counties are just adding it."
Melanie Spradling is with the Texas Forest Service. She says Sunday was the single worst fire day in the Lone Star state. She says the fire risk remains with each day that goes on without moisture.
"Even if your county is not in a burn ban, it's still dry all over Texas. I know in some Houston areas, it rained a little bit. But if you go out and feel your grass and your land, and it's already dry again. So, don't go out there and burn just because it rained a little bit."
Spradling says motorists must remember that any little spark from a vehicle can turn into a major fire catastrophe.
"Even simple things like having your car parked in the grass that can start it, because your car is still hot underneath, and so that can start a fire right there. So, there are many other ways, like whenever chains between trucks and trailer. If a chain is dragging the road, it can cause sparks, and then that'll start a fire right off the road."
Spradling says officials are keeping an eye on areas where homes are nestled in the forest. Residents are being encouraged to limit campfires and the burning of garbage or leaves.