By Camaron Abundes
WEST TEXAS- High winds and dry brush can spell disaster if paired with even the smallest spark, including and ember from a camp fire. Saturday marked the start of deer hunting season, and firefighters want hunters and campers to use added caution.
"All the grass brush and weeds we've grown over the summer have died, and they are very brittle, and they are easy to light at this time," said Captain Kevin Jackson, of the Odessa Fire Department.
Every year Anthony Rios heads out to Big Lake to his deer lease, but this year he had a lot of brush to clear.
"We had to cut about three or four feet of it before we got our lease ready. It's real dry, we cut quite a bit to make sure we didn't have any problems," he said.
Jeanette Sparkman says even though she knows the threat is real, she doesn't want to stop camping.
"You can't stop living you just have to be careful. You have to watch your embers, because everything is so so dry, and watch your cigarette butts, or you can burn up a whole community. We could look like California real easy out here," Sparkman said.
The Odessa downtown revitalization project is in full swing. As the downtown area continues to develop, the city is working with the Small Business Development Center to bring more ideas for new businesses.
Ector County Independent School District will be flying two Mission Patches on the International Space Station from Clara Long, 8th grader at Bonham Middle School and Paisley Valenzuela, 1st grader at Gonzales Elementary.
The Sheriff's Office is seeking any information concerning an individual who was reported missing on Wednesday, April 18.
Bush, 93, lost his wife Barbara just last week. The couple was married for 73 years, longer than any other president and first lady in history.
Big Spring ISD has released a statement on their Facebook page regarding numerous alleged threats at Big Spring High School.