Hunters and Campers: Mind your Campfires

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

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.