Fire Danger High for Fireworks

By Camaron Abundes
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND CO.- A 15 acre grass fire out in Greenwood, Tuesday has fire crews on edge worried about even the smallest spark.

The blaze started with sparks off an electric saw, and ended up eating up land on three different lots. The woman who started the fire was cited for reckless damage. Midland County Fire Marshal Dale Little says the blaze shows just how fast a fire can spread under the current conditions.

"These fires right now can start with just a spark," said Little, who adds the danger is far worse this year, "A lot of people don't realize how quick it will move or how dangerous it really is."

With the days until new year dwindling, crews worry about the use of fireworks to celebrate the New Year.

"When they celebrate they need to use extreme caution, and we will be out enforcing the laws," said Little, "They cannot pop along the side of the highways."

Even though more people light fireworks on the Fourth of July, Firefighters say it only takes one loose flame to light up an entire lot.

"With the wind, and as dry as it is and low humidity, all the conditions are just right," said Little about the fire danger, "If they do set a fire, they could end up with a $1,000 in tickets."