Fire Officials Asking Residents to Be "Fire Safe" During Red Flag Warnings

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

HOWARD COUNTY - With the warmer temperatures comes higher risk for potential fires. Red flag warnings are in effect for the Permian Basin.

With the dry conditions in the Basin, volunteer firefighters in Howard County are asking people to be extra careful. Howard County fire volunteers say low humidity, high temperatures and wind are the perfect formula for a wildfire.

Fire officials say if you're going to use equipment that could cause a spark, you should have a fire extinguisher or water hose nearby. All it takes is a tiny spark to cause a potentially large fire.

Volunteer Fire Chief Tommy Sullivan says under a red flag warning, the best thing to do is not burn anything at all.

"We encourage everyone to be fire wise and fire safe. The best way to extinguish fire is not to have it in the first place. Be diligent with what you do indoors and outdoors. Be fire safe through all of this," Sullivan said.

It's also not a good idea to burn trash. Fire officials are asking residents to hold off on that until the red flag warning is not in effect.