Howard County Fire Department Receives Some Extra Help

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - Howard County firefighters are ready for the high winds and the fires that might spark up in these dry conditions.

The Texas Forest Service has sent two bulldozers to a station there in case they need the extra help.

More than 80 volunteer firefighters in Howard County are ready for what the high winds might bring. While they're hoping for the best, they say they're ready for the worst.

"We have city dozers on stand by and two Texas Forest Service dozers that are staged here,"  Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief, Tommy Sullivan, said.

The dozers help firefighters get to places they might not be able to reach otherwise, like the fire earlier this week near Cauble Road.

"Dozers can cut trees out and allow access to get trucks in there and takes fuel away from the fire and helps hold the fire," Sullivan said.

The fire department is ready for anything that might happen, and they are asking residents not to burn anything.

"Recommendations today, no burning whatsoever, we are under a red flag warning and that means that there will be no outdoor burning," Sullivan said.

Although the burn ban will help, their main concern is the damage that the wind might make to electrical lines.

"Our biggest concern now is electrical infrastructure. These West Texas winds snap these electrical poles. We are rich with oil around us and the oil lines, some are old the wind will nap and break these lines.  These situations is our biggest causes of fire," Sullivan said.

That is why Howard County Fire Department is ready for whatever happens.

"Hopefully we don't have a fire, but if we do, we have enough resources locally so we can get a quick response on it," Sullivan said.

Howard County Fire Department is also asking residents to clean out the debris from outside their house and keep it at least 50 feet away from their homes.