Grassfire Dangers Highest in Rural Parts of West Texas

Grassfire Dangers Highest in Rural Parts of West Texas

by Justin Kree

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND COUNTY-  Tall grass will ignite in seconds when coming in contact with fire. Officials stress to not to be fooled by the rain lately, the land is still very dry.

April showers have been noticed all around the Basin. Heavy downpours and flash flooding have been happening a lot in recent days. The Texas Forest Service says only 60-minutes of direct sunlight and the land is high risk for fires again.

"It's a one hour fuel. Meaning it takes an hour in dry sunlight once it's ready to be burned after it got wet," said Regional Fire Coordinator for the Texas A&M Forest Service, Bill Davis.

Davis says the winds in Spring can be devastating to plant life. Especially out in the rural parts of the county, where people often use a burn barrel to burn their trash.

"It doesn't take much wind to carry a fire two or three hundred yards in the tall grass. If you don't have a grate covering it, paper and other stuff will get out," said Davis.

Davis says grassfires can travel up to 15 to 20 miles an-hour depending on the wind. The warning also goes for anyone involved in construction.

"If you're doing any welding, make sure you have a spotter," said Davis.

Some good advice to keep the dry open land in West Texas safe from fires.