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Heavy winds fuel grass fires

By Jamey Boyum - email
Posted by Elizabeth Thomas – email

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - With twenty mile an hour winds, and gusts up to forty, this was not the day to burn trash--or anything else for that matter. Several fires in the area were tough for firefighters to extinguish.

Fortunately, the Red Springs Fire Department was able to control a grass fire before the wind spread it out of control. But, when they arrived at the scene around eleven am, they had a few surprises.

Tim Thompson of the Red Springs Fire Department said, "While we were here we heard a loud explosion We were waiting on the electric company to get here because we saw some power lines down when we got here. We waited until they got the power shut off and then we came down here and discovered a little building that belonged to Valance Oil Company that was on fire."

The fire spread a couple hundred yards in no time. The Texas Forest Service sent a bulldozer to make a fire break to stop the fire from spreading farther.

Just three and a half miles northwest another fire was burning in a field.

"It's ideal for it to burn, but it's not ideal for us fighting it," Thompson said.

Firefighters want to make sure people stop and consider the conditions before they burn.

Red Springs Fire department continues the investigation to find the cause of the fire.

Fire officials say if winds are above 24 miles an hour it's not a good idea to burn anything.

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